The Need for Ethical Educational Technology
As higher education professionals who support institutional goals of access and innovation, we have an obligation to consider not just the security, privacy, cost, and support of educational technologies, but also their ethical and pedagogical dimensions. The critical need for this approach became even more evident over the past year, as pandemic planning revealed the perils of institutional assumptions concerning equitable access to computing devices and reliable access to the internet. While it would be easier to compartmentalize the role of service units that support technological solutions, this is a short-sighted approach that all too often results in the desires of faculty, the interests of students, and/or the obligations of the institution being pitted against one another. From the use of surveillance technologies for remote exam proctoring to the use of learning analytics in support of student persistence and performance, this talk will make a case for the importance of partnering with our faculty, administrators, and students to advance the ethical use of educational technology within our institutions and across our system.
Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani
Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning at Kwantlen Polytechnic University