Overcome Unconscious Bias With Technology

November 5, 2019, Singapore—School administrators and educators must overcome any of their unconscious biases toward students if they are to cultivate a diverse and inclusive learning ecosystem.

This was the challenge posed by Max Ortega, ADEC Innovations Knowledge Management’s (KM) Product and Business Development Manager, during his talk at this year’s EduTECH Asia Expo in Singapore.

During the same event, ADEC Innovations KM’s Global Language Program won the Bronze award for the Best Classroom Technology Solution. ADEC Innovations KM holds the distinction of being the only education technology provider from the Philippines to win in the prestigious biennial derby this year.

Ortega based his talk on his extensive experience in corporate learning and organizational development and shared what he learned about how unconscious bias affects a learning environment.

Unconscious bias, as Ortega explained, is a quick determination or judgment based on one’s background, cultural environment, and personal experiences.

This, however, prevents a learning ecosystem–and an organization as a whole–from achieving true diversity and inclusivity. Overcoming the pitfalls of unconscious bias can be augmented with the use of tech-enabled learning solutions.

“With the use of sustainable educational technology, biases can be lessened, leading to a more meaningful learner experience,” Ortega said. His statement is in line with the expo’s focus on how technology has made and can make a profound impact on education.

Ortega delivered his talk in front of leaders and representatives of the education sector from different parts of Asia. With this discussion, he aimed to provide a new perspective on how school administrators conduct admissions, assessments, and mentoring.

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