This year’s pandemic has brought the issue of personal data into the spotlight, not least the thorny questions around track-and-trace to fight the virus. But with more learning taking place online (often with ‘free’ platforms and apps), more personal data (of both teachers and students) is being shared than ever before. Our students are rarely aware of the implications of sharing their data and, even if they are, they often don’t care. This presentation will introduce the idea of critical data literacy: what it is, why it matters, and what we can do to promote it.
Philip Kerr is a teacher trainer and materials writer who lives in Vienna. He is the author of many ELT coursebooks including Evolve (CUP), Studio (Helbling), Straightforward and Inside Out (Macmillan). His other publications include the award-winning Translation and Own-Language Activities. He has worked on the development of a number of language-learning apps, including the Oxford English Vocabulary Trainer and LearnMatch. He blogs about technology and language learning at https://adaptivelearninginelt.wordpress.com/