Addressing and Preventing Bias in Educational Technology
Thursday, November 17 at 12:00pm CT
In 2016 social media platforms using facial recognition technology to apply filters to users' faces received backlash when that technology failed to recognize the faces of people with dark skin. Tools that are designed to improve our lives can exhibit the biases of their makers – and educational technology isn’t exempt. It’s critical to have conversations about bias in technology and to work to prevent and address it if we hope to provide the most equitable learning experiences to students. Join the Macmillan Learning team and a panel of experts for a discussion about how to avoid bias in educational technology. What you’ll take away: Examples and impact of bias in educational technology; Tips for identifying equitably developed content and technology; Teaching tips for using technology to improve equity outcomes in your courses.
PhD Senior Director, Learning Science & Insights, Macmillan Learning
Ms. Baughman has more than 20 years of educational research experience. As Senior Director of Learning Science & Insights, she is responsible for supporting the development of educational programs and tools based on evidence-based practices, identifying best implementation practices, and executing studies to evaluate program impact.
EdD Senior Director of Engagement Marketing Strategy and Services, Macmillan Learning
Bringing more than a decade of experience in higher education technology, Phoenix develops a deep understanding of instructor and learner needs to help launch and grow educational technology products used by millions of higher education and high school students. Guided by a heartfelt belief in the power of education to improve the lives of people the world over, Phoenix has committed her professional and academic endeavors to identifying ways in which educational technology can be better designed to attract and retain students, particularly in college-level STEM studies. Phoenix holds an EdD from the University of Florida in Educational Technology
Psychology Instructor, Talladega College
Mrs. Tiffany Sayles has worked twenty years serving at risk, low income, and minority students as a community agency and school counselor. In 2017 she began her role as an adjunct instructor which lead to full time instruction in Fall 2021. Mrs. Sayles believes that from day one, the classroom culture should be conducive for connections. Students deserve to have a sense of belonging and feel prioritized. Serving the majority of first generation minority college students, it is important to establish connections enabling the instructor to teach with the goal to reach each student. Participation in the MacMillan Lesson Study has enhanced the learning culture of our classroom utilizing multimodal instructional strategies through evidence based practices and promotion of self-regulated learning skills through Achieve. Mrs.Sayles is pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology (Cognition and Instruction) and is taking advantage of every opportunity to grow as an effective and supportive educator.