Special Issue of International Review of Information Ethics on “The Digital Future of Education”

I’m pleased to announce the publication of a special issue (full 1MB pdf) of the International Review of Information Ethics on the topic of “The Digital Future of Education”, co-edited with Johannes Britz. Here’s an excerpt from our introduction, and the table of contents:

Our contemporary information society is reinventing how knowledge is created, organized, accessed, and shared, with far reaching implications for institutions of learning – schools, libraries, museums, and more. Digital technologies facilitate new ways of thinking about learning that acknowledge and nurture individual talents, skills, and interests, as well as fostering connectedness and collaboration.

The rapid development and ubiquity of digital technologies and platforms have pushed the future of education in innovative and unexpected directions. Computers, tablets and smart boards are integrated into classrooms from kindergarten through university; Web-based resources are increasingly relied on for instruction, collabo- ration, and research; entire courses, classrooms, and universities have moved online; social media platforms are being leveraged to improve student services and communication; big data analytics are used to enhance enrolment and advising services; MOOCs and related online environments provide alluring new learning op- portunities.

This special issue of the International Review of Information Ethics explores the ethical dimensions, implica- tions, and challenges of the evolving “digital future of education,” and approaches these issues from neces- sarily diverse and multifaceted perspectives.

Johannes Britz, Michael Zimmer:
The Digital Future of Education: An Introduction

Jeffrey Alan Johnson:
The Ethics of Big Data in Higher Education

Mark MacCarthy:
Student Privacy: Harm and Context

Jules Polonetsky and Omer Tene:
The Ethics of Student Privacy: Building Trust for Ed Tech

Maria Murumaa-Mengel, Andra Siibak:
Teachers as nightmare readers: Estonian high-school teachers’ experiences and opinions about student-teacher interaction on Facebook

Taryn Lough and Toni Samek:
Canadian University Social Software Guidelines and Academic Freedom: An Alarming Labour Trend

Wilhelm Peekhaus:
Digital Content Delivery in Higher Education: Expanded Mechanisms for Subordinating the Professoriate and Academic Precariat

Trent M Kays:
Digital Education and Oppression: Rethinking the Ethical Paradigm of the Digital Future


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