As the amount of data we collect increases exponentially, so does the need for us to use software, algorithms and advanced technologies to help process the data in ways that benefit people. However, stories such as Facebook/Cambridge Analytica have shown that data can also lead to unintended consequences that affect everyone.
Integrating data ethics practices at all stages of a project or research lifecycle is critical to help minimise harmful impacts. Ethical thinking around data can also help refine scope, build trust and ultimately lead to more successful outcomes. We need to retrain ourselves to think of data ethics as a continuous responsibility; not a piece of paper to be completed, signed off and filed away at the beginning of a project.
The ODI Data Literacy Programme is looking to build a community of data ethics teaching fellows in Universities who can help us co-develop and test University level modules/courses on data ethics that integrate ODI methodologies and tools.
We are seeking academics who are (or want to) lead data ethics teaching in their institutions and can commit to running courses/modules with students in the next academic year integrating key learning outcomes, tools and activities.
More about the programme
We want to:
- Embed effective data ethics teaching in higher education.
- Encourage the use of tools such as the ODI Data Ethics Canvas and consequence scanning toolkit to identify and mitigate risk.
- Move beyond compliance and show how data ethics provides opportunities for innovation and building trust in how data is collected, used and shared.
- We are seeking academics who are (or want to) lead data ethics teaching in their institutions and can commit to running courses/modules with students in the next academic year integrating key learning outcomes, tools and activities.
- We expect teaching fellows to be able to commit a minimum 20% of their time to researching, developing, teaching and evaluating Data Ethics curricular at their institution.
- We expect teaching fellows to have completed the ODI Data Ethics Facilitator programme (see upcoming dates here)
- We expect teaching fellows to contribute openly about activities to the network through discussions, events and through sharing of curricular, teaching materials, evaluation processes and anonymised evaluation outputs.
- We expect teaching fellows to present their work and results at the end of project debrief.
- We expect teaching fellows to share with ODI (and where appropriate with the wider network/public) appropriate copies of curricular and teaching materials developed as part of the project.
- A free place on our Data Ethics Facilitators Programme. (see upcoming dates here)
- Access to a network of experts and opportunities to convene with other teaching fellows to share ideas and build common practices for data ethics education.
- Three days of consultancy to help build curricular, teaching resources and provide advice on use of tools.
- Access to relevant tools, guides and other learning resources, including the new online Data Ethics Canvas.
- One year of free individual ODI membership
How to apply
Please complete the form below: