Last week I attended the inaugral Nordic EdTech conference hsoted at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). It brought together startups, Education professionals and through leaders in the outskirts of Copenhagen. For me it was a great chane to meet and engage with leaders in Nordic Edtech and visionaries in education. Critically it was a chance to see and explore the latest in Edtech straight from the startups that are innovating education – some of the Silicon Vikings.
As I listened to thought provoking speakers I realised that there were some significant differences in our approaches, largely due to greater or lesser extents of state support for Higher Education. It was an opportunity to discuss the future of education with like minded educational visionaries and the impact of new legislation that will affect us all, notable the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
I delivered a talk on how through some critical path analysis and understanding the operational context it’s possible to deliver positive change through the introduction of new technologies despite a raft of information security and data protection challenges that seem to encompass the deliver of new technologies to support teaching and learning processes.
This generated some interesting audience responses including:
- How will the new EU directives on personal data will impact universities?
- All this compliance/governance seems to introduce huge friction in getting amazing new tools in the hands of teachers and students – is this not a problem?
- Surely innovation is not always expensive. Are we not underestimating teachers bringing in innovation through the amazing free platforms we have seen and know
Edtech Companies love crunching student engagement and activity data. Can we crunch ‘yours’ or will the governance obstruct ‘real’ adaptivity in the future?
- How can we make it easier for teachers to test new edtech in their courses?
The answers to each of these will vary by institution depending on a range of circumstances. The reality is there will still be a way to deliver change and tangible benefits, it’s just more complicated and needs good stakeholder engagement, collaboration across institutional silos and forward planning.