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Student Data is the New Oil
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12014-08-08T11:07:22-07:00Reading and Writing: Assignment 413If data is the 'New Oil,' what is your data fueling?plain2020-07-01T14:31:30-07:00At this point in the course, we've now watched (at least some of) the documentary film, Terms and Conditions May Apply.
We've also been preparing to read a number of articles and other posts available online on the intersecting subjects of data and privacy for an upcoming class, including "scandals" involving both at social media platforms (Facebook) and dating sites (OkCupid).
For this assignment, you'll need to reflect upon your use of sites such as those that have come up in our viewing, reading, and class discussions alongside your use of those you are required or encouraged to use in your courses at the university.
You'll start by reading the transcript of Audrey Watters' talk (delivered at Columbia University in 2013). Watters has been has been tracking the rise of Ed-Tech as private sector phenomenon with significant impact on public institutions on her site HackEducation.com. This talk continues to work through the implications of a question she raised in an earlier presentation: Who owns learners' data?
Once you've read Watters' transcript, you're ready to start forming and articulating your thoughts in writing.
1. Open a document and type a list of the sites you regularly access via a login, university or otherwise. You may, of course, omit the precise names/brands of the sites, and you need not report your use of sites you consider personal or for any other reason do not wish to include here. You need not include the list in the document you submit for credit. But before you delete anything, count and respond to the following questions in short answers: How many different accounts do you have (that you can remember)? How many of them serve an educational purpose of some kind? How many of them are sites you are required to visit regularly? How many are sites provided to you by the university that you could access but are not required to use for class?
2. How many courses out of your total load this semester make use of Blackboard, the university's Learning Management System (LMS)? (You may include the course/department prefix here, but do not list your professors' names or the specific courses you're taking). What sorts of ways do your professors use Blackboard so far in the semester? Do you think it serves a vital function in each course that "relies" on it? Why or why not? How would your experience be diminished or negatively affected if Blackboard were not available to you? Now consider an even more challenging question: do you have any choice as to whether you use it or not? What makes you think so (or not)?
4. Save your document and upload it to the submission link for Assignment 4 on our course Blackboard site. As you hit the submit button, think about whether you find Blackboard and Turnitin for this purpose an acceptable way to handle your intellectual work; be prepared to discuss this question in class.