Show & TEL: Ethics Seminar

openTEL’s November Show & TEL events begins with an Ethics Seminar hosted by Shailey Minocha and Victoria Murphy. Please join us online for presentations and facilitated discussions.

OpenTEL: Show & TEL Ethics Seminar
Monday 2nd November 2020
ONLINE (Adobe Connect)

Join Here (Staff & Students)
Link for External Participants 

09:30 – 09:40     Welcome and Introduction.
Eileen Scanlon  

09:45 – 10:05     Presentation 1:
Ethics in Educational Technologies: An OpenTEL Initiative
Shailey Minocha & Victoria Murphy

10:10 – 10:30     Presentation 2:
Artificial Intelligence in Education: Ethical Futures
Rob Farrow

10:35 – 10:45     Coffee Break

10:50 – 11:10     Presentation 3:
Ethical Design Approaches for Collecting Data
Chris Edwards

11:15 – 12:15     Facilitated Discussion                   

12:15                  Afterword, Day 1 Close


Ethics in Educational Technology Project

In the past six months educational technology has received an increasing amount of attention in the media, as many schools and universities have begun teaching at a distance. Rather than a recent fad however, educational technology has a long history going back several decades, although recent events have catalysed uptake. As educational technology becomes increasingly integrated into learning in schools, universities, workplaces, and people’s free-time, it is more important than ever to consider how to use it ethically.

With this in mind, the Open University’s openTEL research group has initiated a project to examine the ethics surrounding technology enhanced learning (TEL). Often ethics is spoken about in relation to one TEL domain (such as AI or learning analytics), but, in reality, most issues span the gamut of topics in TEL. Data ownership is as relevant to accessibility or citizen science as it is to learning analytics. The Ethics in TEL (EthTEL) project therefore examines ethical issues around educational technology holistically.

If you would like to share your experiences and opinions on ethics in educational technology, then EthTEL is currently collecting answers to a short survey. The survey can be accessed at and should take around 10 minutes to complete. Whether you’ve experienced educational technology as a student, educator, learning designer, researcher, or some other role, we’d love to hear from you!

The results of the survey will be posted in a freely available report on the openTEL webpage.

If you’d like to hear more about the EthTEL project then please join us at the next Show and TEL event on 2nd November. Guests external to the OU will be able to join using the link

Show & TEL: Keynote Presentation 17th November 15:00 – 16:00

Concluding our Show & TEL presentations for November, openTEL is pleased to announce a special guest lecture. Join us online via Zoom (hosted externally) on Tuesday 17th November 2020 15:00 – 16:00. JOIN HERE

RoboTutor: Toward Learning at Scale in Developing Countries
Musings from a $1M Finalist in the Global Learning XPRIZE

Jack Mostow, Carnegie Mellon University

Advances in education technology are enabling tremendous advances in learning at scale. However, they typically assume resources taken for granted in developed countries, including reliable electricity, high-bandwidth Internet access, fast WiFi, powerful computers, sophisticated sensors, and expert technical support to keep it all working. This talk examines these assumptions in the context of a massive test of learning at scale in a developing country. We examine each assumption, how it was broken, and some workarounds used in a 15-month-long independent controlled evaluation of pre- to posttest learning and social-emotional gains by over 2,000 children in 168 villages in Tanzania. We analyze those gains to characterize who gained how much, using test score data, social-emotional measures, and detailed logs from RoboTutor. We quantify the relative impact of pretest scores, literate aspirations, treatment, and usage on learning gains.

Jack Mostow is Emeritus Research Professor of Robotics, Machine Learning, Language Technologies, and Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his A.B. cum laude in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2010 he was elected President of the International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society. He has published, collaborated, reviewed, supervised students, or given invited talks in artificial intelligence, children’s reading, computational linguistics, computer science, educational data mining, human-computer interaction, intelligent tutors, learner modelling, machine learning, psychology, robotics, software engineering, speech and language technologies, and statistics. Dr Mostow founded Project LISTEN, which developed an automated Reading Tutor that listens to children read aloud. He now leads the RoboTutor team (, a $1M Finalist in the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE competition to develop an Android tablet app for children in developing countries to acquire basic literacy and numeracy without adult assistance.

Call For Contributions: Show & TEL November 2020

We welcome you to present online at our next Show & TEL event in November! There are a number of 20minute slots available on the following dates:

  • Monday 2nd November: Ethics & TEL Themed (AM only)
  • Tuesday 10th November: TEL Themed (AM & PM)
  • Wednesday 11th November: TEL Themed (AM only)

Call for Contributions: Ethics and Technology Enhanced Learning (Monday 2nd November)

openTEL’s November Show & TEL event will start with a workshop focusing on ethics and technology enhanced learning (TEL). The workshop will be an opportunity for an open discussion on ethics in TEL and will begin with an update on an ongoing project on the topic. The project update will be followed by a series of short presentations. The workshop will conclude with time set aside for open discussion.

If you would like to deliver one of the short presentations, then please send a short description of the topic to opentel. We invite contributions on any of the following:

  • A specific TEL-related ethical situations that the presenter has found themselves in. This could be from the perspective of a student, a lecturer, a learning designer or something else
  • The ethics of a specific area of TEL
  • The philosophical underpinnings of ethics in TEL
  • Ethics and TEL research

Call for Contributions: Technology Enhanced Learning (10th & 11thNovember)

We also welcome contributions which are TEL related for the above dates. Show & TEL is the perfect opportunity to showcase your ideas and network with people from across the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) community. More information about our past Show & TEL events can be found here.

Save the Date: External Speaker (17th November 15:00 – 16:00)

We are concluding Show & TEL with an external speaker for the 17th November and ask that you save the date in your diaries if you can. More information to follow.

Submission Deadline

If you are interested in presenting on any of the above dates, please respond to this email by 23rd October with a very brief description of your presentation.