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Something important is going on with data – Bath Spa University

Something important is going on with data


Something important is going on with data: The educators' search for political agency to act as professionals in a complex datafied context

Wednesday 24 January, 2024 – Wednesday 24 January, 2024
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Part of the School of Education Research Seminar Series 2023-24.

About the seminar

In this seminar, Dr Caroline Kuhn, Bath Spa University and Dr Juliana Raffaghelli, University of Padova, present their scholarship on critical approaches to smart technologies and artificial intelligence in education. This seminar focuses on research carried out at the Open University of Catalonia where the criticality applied to data literacy was investigated.

Limited understandings of the impacts on teachers of the structures and mechanisms that make datafication possible motivated the research team to develop a suite of resources in the form of an online course that supported educators’ understandings of data criticality. As a follow up, the course participants were interviewed in order to explore how educators placed themselves as political agents in a society that is increasingly becoming datafied.

About the speakers

Dr Caroline Kuhn is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Technology Enhanced Learning, School of Education, Bath Spa University. She has a particular interest in open education and social justice framed under a critical pedagogy approach.

Recently she collaborated with colleagues on contributing to the Springer book: Human Data Interaction, Disadvantage and Skills in the Community: Enabling Cross-Sector Environments for Postdigital Inclusion (2023), edited by Prof Sarah Hayes, Bath Spa University, and Prof Michael Jopling, University of Brighton.

Dr Juliana Raffaghelli is a researcher in the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology, University of Padova, Italy. Her research investigates how the postdigital shapes our experiences and perception of learning, and the extent to which, in such contexts, individuals can develop agency and capabilities to transform cultural environments rather than adapt to them.

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