Telling Data Stories: higher education and surveillance futures
9th April, 3-4.30pm (GMT)
Are you interested in thinking about current and possible relationships between technologies in higher education and practices of surveillance? Through facilitated discussion and use of the Data Stories tool, this online workshop is a chance to discuss and imagine data and surveillance futures in education.
Technologies in university settings help us communicate, collaborate and create, as well as store data, keep track of activities, assess performance, remind us of due dates, check for plagiarism, and more. Many of these technologies offer the capacity for increased surveillance, and some are already being used to monitor and/or quantify our activities. The Covid-19 pandemic and the shift to greater use of online systems and services to support learning, teaching, research and collaboration has exacerbated some forms of monitoring and introduced others, often at great speed. We need time to collectively and individually take stock of what has been happening, where we are now, and what might come next.
The Data Stories Creator is a scaffolded storytelling tool that uses fiction writing to explore aspects of an interaction with technology, and hopes or concerns it raises, by speculating about what could happen. In this workshop, the Data Stories team will introduce the tool and facilitate an interactive discussion and story creation session, giving participants a chance to experience the Data Stories approach, tell a story of their own, and consider the use of data stories in their own work with colleagues and students.
No creative writing or storytelling experience is required – just an interest in these issues and a willingness to try something new. The session is open to all who are working or studying in a university setting. Places are limited, so please sign up if you would like to attend!