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Teaching for Digital Citizenship

What is Digital Citizenship anyway? Where does it fit in the curriculum – is it Computer Science, or is it Citizenship & PSHE? Where does it sit in the wider life of the school, whether in the devices children bring into school, or the data systems that track their grades, movements and even fingerprints for the benefit of schools, inspectorate and corporate developers?

Ethical concerns have ramped up in the Tech sector in recent years, codified at summits such as the Zanzibar Declaration and the Rome Call for Ethical A.I. but up until now there has been little interaction between the world of education and digital ethics.

Drawing on normative perspectives, school ethnographies across the 4 UK nations, and participatory co-creation approaches, Teaching for Digital Citizenship is a large ESRC-funded project which seeks to refurbish a workable and coherent moral education for justice in a digital world.

This event will begin by presenting the results of the first phase of the project’s work, a survey of secondary school teachers across the UK, showing how they understand the main challenges facing young people in the digital world today, how and where they address them in the life of the school.

Drawing on normative perspectives from data justice as articulating crucial issues of bias, discrimination, marginalisation and misrecognition which place some young people at liability precisely because of their access to the digital, we foreground a need for participatory and political engagement to accompany the engineering of technical solutions.
09:30 BERA Introduction & Introduction to the two co-sponsoring SIGs
Jacqueline Baxter & Esther Cummins
09:50 Teaching for Digital Citizenship: Data Ethics in the Classroom and Beyond – an overview of the research project, its aims and goals
Dr David Lundie, University of Glasgow, Principal Investigator
10:10 The State of the Sector – reporting the draft results of a survey of Secondary teachers across the UK into the challenges, practices and aims of digital citizenship
Dr Lee Shannon, University of Glasgow, Research Associate
10:30 Breakout rooms
Discussion of the draft findings & make links between the two SIGs
10:50 Feedback and discussion
11:00 Break
11:10 Data Justice – a rights based approach to promoting ethical agency in young people’s digital interactions
Dr Jeremy Knox, University of Edinburgh
11:30 Waterproofing Data – a participatory co-creation approach to resource generation for digital ethics education
Professor Joao Porto de Albuquerque, University of Glasgow Urban Big Data Centre
11:50 Q&A, discussion and networking
12:15 Close of event 

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Jacqueline Baxter, Professor

Professor in Public Policy and Management at The Open University

Jacqueline Baxter is Professor of public policy and management and Director- The Centre of Innovation in Online Business and Legal Education (SCILAB). She is principal fellow of the Higher Education Academy, fellow of the Academy of Social...

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Esther Cummins, Ms

Course Leader at Falmouth University

Esther is a Course Leader at Falmouth University, where she leads the new MA Education (online). Esther formerly worked at Leeds Beckett University as a Course Director with responsibility for MA Inclusive Practice in Education, BA Primary...


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David Lundie, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education at University of Glasgow

David Lundie is senior lecturer in the philosophy of education and deputy head of school at the University of Glasgow Dumfries Campus. He is the co-director of the Justice, Insecurity and Fair Decision Making Interdisciplinary Research Theme, and...