What is the value of data in education and learning? Enabling Connected Learning was initiated to better understand the relationship between U.S. governmental policy, technology development, and innovative learning initiatives.
This initiative also sought to support the Cities of Learning movement in order to create bridges between different learning environments, all with the learner at the center.
As young people embrace technology to learn, play, and socialize, the boundaries between education, the home, and society get increasingly blurred. New concerns have emerged over student data, youth privacy, and educational reform. Federal and state policies focused on children, education, and technology influence what learning initiatives are possible. Privacy, safety, and security all shape the trustworthiness of different digital platforms and learning ecosystems, even as data can be used to enable new forms of learning and new opportunities for advancing education. While these issues are publicly debated and politically fraught, research to ground these conversations is limited.
The goal of this project was to better understand exactly how existing and proposed policies affect connected learning initiatives and where and when student data can and should be used. We worked with technology developers, policymakers, and researchers to identify and address issues that hinder efforts to empower young people and advance their learning opportunities.
Enabling Connected Learning was funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
American Association of Pediatrics Journal | 11.03.17
D&S researcher Monica Bulger co-authored an article on the way children are engaging with technology nationally. “Beyond revealing pressing and sizeable gaps in knowledge, this cross-national review also reveals...
Sage Journals | 05.30.17
Alice Marwick, Claire Fontaine, danah boyd
How do young people of low socio-economic status (SES) view online privacy? D&S fellow Alice Marwick, researcher Claire Fontaine, and president and founder danah boyd examine this question in...
report | 03.01.17
Mary Madden, Amanda Lenhart, Claire Fontaine
Exploring youth news consumption behavior on mobile and social media to reveal how young people are adapting to a changing media environment to access news they trust.
paper | 02.02.17
Monica Bulger, Patrick McCormick, Mikaela Pitcan
D&S researcher Monica Bulger, with Patrick McCormick and D&S research analyst Mikaela Pitcan, writes this working paper detailing the “Legacy of inBloom”. Although inBloom closed in 2014, it ignited...
New Media & Society | 01.16.17
Monica Bulger, Patrick Burton, Brian O’Neill, Elisabeth Staksrud
D&S researcher Monica Bulger, with Patrick Burton, Brian O’Neill, and Elisabeth Staksrud, writes “Where policy and practice collide: Comparing United States, South African and European Union approaches to protecting...
paper | 05.23.16
D&S researcher Monica Bulger analyzes how ‘power learners’ utilize and contribute to online learning communities with researchers Cristobal Cabo, Jonathan Bright, and Ryan den Rooljen. We propose two fundamental...
Florida Law Review Forum | 08.16.11
The mythology surrounding “big data” rests on the notion that technical systems can increase efficiency and decrease bias. Such “neutral” systems are supposedly good for implementing legal logic because,...
Information, Communication & Society | 07.27.15
Monica Bulger, Jonathan Bright, Cristóbal Cobo
D&S researcher Monica Bulger, Jonathan Bright, and Cristóbal Cobo investigate why some Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) users organize face-to-face meetings, exploring the hypothesis that meetup invites would reflect...
primer | 09.07.16
Maxwell Foxman, Alexandra Mateescu, Monica Bulger
Debates over digital advertising in schools have inherited the frames through which older, pre-digital forms of advertising have been conceptualized, and have also been characterized as departing from them...
primer | 08.08.16
In this primer, D&S researcher Claire Fontaine examines the construct of accountability as it functions in discussions around education reform in the American public education system. The paper considers the...
primer | 07.26.16
In this primer, D&S researcher Monica Bulger defines the boundaries of “personalized learning,” explores the needs that various personalized learning systems aim to meet, and highlights the tensions between...
primer | 10.30.14
Andrea Alarcon, Elana Zeide, Alex Rosenblat, Kate Wikelius, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Corrine Yu
Many education reformers see the merging of student data, predictive analytics, processing tools, and technology-based instruction as the key to the future of education and a means to further...
Claire Fontaine, Kinjal Dave
The Chronicle of Higher Education
London School of Economics blog
D&S researcher Monica Bulger and D&S research analysts Patrick Davison and Mikaela Pitcan’s recent work with “The Legacy of inBloom” was profiled in this piece by Education Week. “Not...
D&S researcher Monica Bulger was quoted in this piece discussing how immigrant families may feel fearful about school data. “My concern is that right now there is a lot...
Ben Herold of Education Week reports on the new K-12 Digital Citizenship Initiative. “A coalition of groups focused on children and media launched a new campaign today to encourage...
The Washington Post
D&S researcher Monica Bulger was quoted in this Washington Post piece discussing edtech and how it might impact students’ privacy. Even as Basecamp and countless other tech-centered programs have...
D&S Affiliate Elana Ziede discusses the potential harms to collecting private data in educational systems. In the meantime, parents and citizens should be aware of possible harms, said Elana...
A round table took place on April 7, 2016 at Data & Society Research Institute. Eighteen researchers, educators, consultants, and journalists joined to engage in conversation about the state of education, the influence of technology in the education space, and the value sets driving efforts of educators, legislators, and policy makers. A summary of the Continue...
Remixing Modes of Knowing and Belonging in the Urban Platform
This Databite will examine three NYC-based “smart urbanism” projects in order to question, as well as reimagine, what can be known and who can belong on the smart urban frontier.
UNICEF Innocenti · Florence, Italy
Living and Learning in the Digital Age
Where and why do digital media – and digital media learning – fit into the lives of young teenagers living in complex urban societies?
the messy realities of digital schooling
The talk will provide plenty of scope to consider how technology use in schools might be 'otherwise', and alternate agendas to be pursued by educators, policymakers, technology developers and other stakeholders in the ed-tech space.
Student Privacy & Big Data
The current student privacy regulatory regime does not address the issues raised by modern information technology and data-driven decision-making in education. What can be done?
Can tech disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline?
Nicholas Chung asks whether tech can disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline?
Developing Open Networks for Digital Learning
Developing Open Networks for Digital Learning...
Student data and its discontents: how FUD undermined an education reform agenda
Student data and its discontents: how FUD undermined an education reform agenda...