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Equity in Civic Technology, Privacy & Data

Training Module: Algorithmic Systems in Education

Link to CDT's Thinkific training course on "Algorithmic Systems in Education."
Link to the Thinkific training course on “Algorithmic Systems in Education.”

This training module is part of a series of trainings from CDT on student privacy protection. Check out our previous training modules here and here, or view our full training catalogue on Thinkific here.

Schools are increasingly relying on education technology that utilizes algorithmic systems to facilitate instruction and school management. These tools are used for things like assigning children to schools and flagging students who are at risk of dropping out of school before graduating. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been used for tasks like enforcing social distancing requirements and assigning grades. As with all technology, it is critical that these systems be used responsibly by minimizing harm to students while supporting the educational mission of schools and education agencies.

CDT’s latest training materials guide education practitioners on key considerations when selecting, implementing, and maintaining algorithmic systems in educational institutions. The training covers:

  • What algorithmic systems are and how they are used in education,
  • Some of the potential benefits and harms of using algorithmic systems in education, and
  • Best practices for using algorithmic systems responsibly and equitably in an education context.

The materials are available in an interactive online training module*, which features downloadable slides, narrated audio recordings, review quizzes to test comprehension, and additional resources. The training is also available as a standalone video, slide deck, and review worksheet. 

Practitioner training is an essential part of responsible technology and data use, now more than ever. In light of today’s turbulent educational context, an understanding of these privacy protection principles will ensure that algorithmic systems are leveraged safely and responsibly.

* Note: The interactive training module is hosted by Thinkific, and is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. Users of Internet Explorer or other browsers can access the same material through our video and slides content, included below.