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Ready for a crisis: accelerated digitalization in education – a panel discussion

How can educational institutions evaluate technology under the pressure of a crisis? This is one of the main question addressed by a panel discussion organized by the chair on Data Protection On The Ground at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conference in January 2021.

Emergency remote teaching

A notable effect of corona-related confinement measures was the introduction of ‘emergency remote teaching’: educational processes had to be moved online in record time. While many technological tools was available, concerns about data protection and online safety arose instantly. Few educational organisations were ready to make a considered assessment of the reliability of options under pressure.

The education sector is in a constant state of flux. It is hard for many educational professionals to keep up with developments, especially technological advances. Recent years have also seen an interest in ‘revolutionizing’ education from the technology sector, promising to radically improve learning.

Themes of the discussion

The panel, entitled ‘Ready for a crisis: accelerated digitalization in education’, will discuss the following themes:

  • How to design a considered evaluation process for educational technology?
  • Based on lessons from the corona crisis, which criteria can help us quickly evaluate digital alternatives?
  • What to expect next in digital education and how to prepare for it?

The panel will be held on 27 January, 18:30 (more information).

Related workshop

On Monday, 25 January 2021 (14:00 – 17:00 CEST), the VUB Research Chair ‘Data Protection On The Ground’ will host an online, interactive workshop under the header “Co-designing a values-based future for digital education”. This is a side event of the CPDP 2021 conference.

The Chair on Data Protection On The Ground

The VUB Chair “Data Protection On the Ground” (DPOG) promotes the investigation into actual practices of data privacy in organizations and the dissemination of best practices. The Chair is coordinated by the research center imec-SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation & Technology) in collaboration with the research group LSTS (Law, Science Technology & Society), and supported by BNP Paribas Fortis. You can find the 2019 annual report of the Chair on this website. For more:

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