As part of the DEL4ALL project, we have developed our next survey on technology in education, focusing on surveillance technologies, and their usage, benefits, obstacles, and social impacts on educators and learners in the COVID-19 era.

Please share your experience with us! Filling in the survey takes about 10-15 minutes of your time, it is completely anonymous, and results will be published in a DEL4ALL white paper this year. The survey is running until 30th of June 2021 and you can participate here.

By “surveillance technologies”, we mean technologies which observe or record the activities of educators or learners in order to deliver real-time or post-analysis/aggregated insights into behaviours. The development of technology which can be used for surveillance is an active topic. Examples include visual technologies (cameras for monitoring attendance, or to stop the spread of COVID-19 using thermal imaging, facial recognition tools, remote exam proctoring), data collection of physical activities (Bluetooth location tracking of students, contact tracing apps), and data collection of online behaviours (Web activity logging, recording of attention and navigation in learning management systems for learning analytics), among others. Technologies such as these can be used for the benefit of learners and educators, but also raise concerns about misuse and the social impacts they can have.

DEL4ALL aims to transform current European research and innovation initiatives in the area of digital enhanced learning into an increasingly cohesive, dynamic, participatory and sustainable ecosystem, capable of effectively stimulating collaboration among all key players in an inclusive and impactful way. We are here to support the digital enhanced learning community in these difficult times.

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DEL4ALL survey: surveillance technologies in education