Protecting student data in a digital world Across industries, data and advanced analytics are being used to personalize products and services, generate more impact at lower cost, and improve the user experience. Education is another field that stands to benefit from this trend: there is much evidence that data-fueled learning tools can dramatically improve student outcomes. The effective use of student data in K–12 schools—in fact, in most of the education system—is nascent, however. Schools, and in particular public schools, have limited budgets and may find it difficult to prioritize investment in data-driven tools and technologies. School systems are enormously complex, which can make it challenging to implement new programs. In fact, the risks involved with data-driven instructional methods—and the perceptions surrounding those risks—are among the biggest challenges to helping students gain the benefits of large-scale adoption of data and analytics in schools. How student data can improve education About the authors
Will Big Data Compromise Student Privacy? The recent debate over the NSA’s surveillance policies shows just how much Americans care about privacy—perhaps on an unprecedented scale. “This is the power of an informed public,” Edward Snowden wrote of Congress’s decision this month to limit the agency’s data-collecting power. “With each court victory, with every change in the law, we demonstrate facts are more convincing than fear.” But when it comes to the future of education in the United States, what if Americans’ privacy concerns are hindering the constructive use of data, from customized student learning to better teaching performance? That’s the tension behind a growing body of education research by private companies, academics, and nonprofits alike. McKinsey’s Education Practice, for one, published an article in April that considered the pros and cons of data in schools. Still, many are skeptical, fearing that student data could be used inappropriately, or for corporate purposes. Similar concerns exist in K-12 schools.
What executives should know about open data Not all data that’s valuable is internal and proprietary. New initiatives by governments as diverse as those of the United States, Mexico, and Singapore are opening the spigots of readily usable public data. Corporate information too is becoming more “liquid,” moving across the economy as companies begin sharing data with their business partners and, sometimes, consumers. These new sources of open data represent an expanding trove of largely unexploited value. Demographic data, financial transactions, health-care benchmarks, and real-time location data are among the myriad new information sources a company can exploit to create novel products and services and to make its operations more effective and efficient. Exhibit Open data can help unlock $3 trillion to $5 trillion in economic value annually across seven sectors. Enlarge Energy exploration. Other possibilities abound. Powerful as open data can be, many companies have valid concerns. About the authors
Open data, democracy and public sector reform A look at open government data use from data.gov.uk (Based on an MSc Dissertation by Tim Davies, July 2010) This is an online report based on an MSc Dissertation at the Oxford Internet Institute by Tim Davies submitted to the University of Oxford, July 2010. It is shared using the Digress.it platform which allows for paragraph level commenting and hyperlinking to elements of the document. A downloadable PDF copy of the report is available here. The original research, underlying data, and further work has been blogged in detail on the Open Data Impacts blog. Abstract: Governments are increasingly making their data available online in standard formats and under licenses that permit the free re-use of data. Update Log 26th August 2010 – First version published ToDo Check formatting & proof-read online copyImprove the management of references using Zotero database of references The last 18 months have seen dramatic developments in the release of open government data (OGD) across the world. 3.3.
3 reasons why Amsterdam’s #privacyweek sponsorship was a fuckup. What the fuck, indeed. One of the most pervasive problems of this day and age, one of the most eroding forces undermining freedom and democracy, being discussed at and hosted by the third oldest university in the Netherlands, is sponsored by the ones arguably causing the majority of the problems. The ones I call The Silicon Empire. The organization apparently has found no other means to fund such a much needed conference than to cave in to the dollars of Big Tobacco, whitewashing their cancerous practices with heaps of cash, and, apparently, chocolate: I reached out to Edo Roos Lindgreen, one of the directors on the board of #APC2015 and partner at KPMG. Edo’s stance: why not? When I responded with: “you pay for it you own it”, his response was I’d underestimate the speakers if I’d say that. I was, in fact, going to visit the conference. My next couple of requests or comments (1,2) to Edo went unanswered. On the same day, Edo had gone into what the marketing guy in me calls “spin mode”.
Blackboard Brain Drain: One third of executive team leaves in past 3 months -e-Literate In August 2013 Michael described Ray Henderson’s departure from an operational role at Blackboard. As of the end of 2014, Ray is no longer on the board of directors at Blackboard either. He is focusing on his board activity (including In The Telling, our partner for e-Literate TV) and helping with other ed tech companies. While Ray’s departure from the board did not come as a surprise to me, I have been noting the surprising number of other high-level departures from Blackboard recently. As of December 24, 2014, Blackboard listed 12 company executives in their About > Leadership page. Beyond the leadership team, there are three others worth highlighting. Brad Koch, VP Product Management (DEPARTED January, now at Instructure)David Ashman, VP Chief Architect, Cloud Architecture (DEPARTED February, now CTO at Teaching Strategies, LLC)Mark Drechsler, Senior Director, Consulting (APAC) (DEPARTED March, now at Flinders University) So why are so many people leaving? Google+ Comments
Les enjeux de l’extension de l’Open Data au monde de l’entreprise « Ainsi donc, nous souhaitons étendre le nombre et la diversité des données réutilisables. Mais pourquoi, en fait ? Pourquoi, en particulier, les entreprises contribueraient-elles à l’Open Data ? Nous n’avons jamais pris les données au sérieux « Nous n’avons jamais pris les données au sérieux et aujourd’hui, elles se vengent », estime Daniel Kaplan. Les données sont pour la plupart des constructions ad hoc visant à remplir les variables des programmes, explique-t-il. Image : Daniel Kaplan sur la scène de l’Open Data Week, photographié par Mathieu Drouet pour la Fing. Mais à l’heure de l’innovation ouverte, la plupart des chaînes de valeur et des modèles de services associent de multiples organisations. Ce Nouveau Monde relie d’une manière souple les organisations, les projets, les services et les applications autour de données et de services (au sens de « web services »). L’ouverture banalisée Les enjeux des données d’entreprise ouvertes Hubert Guillaud
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'Vraag niet naar studie ouders' Door Vincent Bongers Een deel van de universiteitsraad wil niet dat in de studiekeuzecheck naar de opleiding van de ouders van scholieren wordt gevraagd. Deze informatie is mogelijk te gebruiken als selectie-instrument. De universiteit moet van het ministerie van Onderwijs verplicht een studiekeuzecheck aanbieden. Leiden koos voor een vragenlijst. Na het invullen, krijgt de scholier te horen of hij of zij geschikt is voor de studie. Layoffs and reorganization at Blackboard Bill Flook, who covers the DC technology scene for Business Journals, just interviewed Blackboard CEO Jay Bhatt about last week’s layoff. The full article can be found here. From a quick read, it looks like Blackboard is executing on two key priorities: Trimming the fat caused by years of acquisitions and redundant operations; andCompleting the acquisitions by centralizing core functions, particularly under new management. From the article: Blackboard Inc. carried out a round of layoffs last week as part of a broader reorganization by CEO Jay Bhatt, the latest in a string of actions aimed at revitalizing the 16-year-old ed-tech behemoth.Bhatt, in an interview Tuesday evening, confirmed the job cuts, which he described as “a very small action we took to take some costs out of the business, primarily on things that don’t allow us to get where we need to go.” The reorganization is, in many ways, the culmination of what Bhatt has been talking about for the past few months. Google+ Comments
Open Data (4/4) : Le monde de l’entreprise face au défi de l’ouverture… Par Hubert Guillaud le 07/06/12 | 4 commentaires | 3,246 lectures | Impression Le mouvement de l’Open Data a été initié dans le secteur public. Sa volonté, dès l’origine, était claire : ouvrir à la réutilisation des données publiques qui ne soient pas personnelles pour en faire un levier d’innovation public à la fois pour l’administration et les usagers. Aujourd’hui, c’est au monde de l’entreprise de s’intéresser à ce mouvement. Le monde des affaires commence à s’interroger pour savoir s’il pourrait tirer partie de l’ouverture des données. Le partage des données est-il un levier d’innovation pour l’entreprise ? Si ces deux questions sont d’importance, une autre l’est encore plus : de quelles données parle-t-on ? Quelles sont les motivations des entreprises à libérer des données ? Quelles données ? De plus en plus d’entreprises se lancent dans l’ouverture des données. Renforcer la transparence Bien sûr l’activité de normalisation que réalise l’IATI cherche toujours à se raffiner.
The Sin Gularity: Lucifer’s Rebellion and Transhumanism’s Revenge – Prepare for Change What will our life be like after the Singularity (if they keep us around long enough to find out)? No one knows. It is either an open pit or a portal, we’re not sure which. Other than stating we will be “abundant” in the new gig economy, Singularity University only says we will “Be Exponential.” By definition, the Singularity refers to a time beyond our comprehension. However, we are beginning to get a glimpse of the enormity of the change ahead. Transhuman promoters like Ray Kurzweil, Google engineer and the high priest of the Singularity, believe the coming techno-rapture will bring a new light to humanity, an earthly utopia free of suffering, eternal life…and trillions of dollars in profits. If Kurzweil is right the Singularity will happen before 2045. Kurzweil is the German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) nickname for a joker. I call the the introduction of technology into our body the Skingularity. Tribulation precedes the Second Coming of Christ and the AntiChrist. That is the Singularity. Yes.