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Can we imagienPersonal data collection has long been used to boost productivity but could tiny microphones – embedded in each employee’s own lanyard – be about to change the face of office culture forever?

A Deloitte team in Newfoundland adopted the pilot project last winter during office renovations – CBC News recently reported on its impact. According to one in-house HR expert, it’s been a huge success.

“The minute that you get the report that you’re not speaking enough and that you don’t show leadership, immediately, the next day, you change your behaviour,” Silvia Gonzalez-Zamora told CBC News.

“It’s powerful to see how people want to display better behaviours or the behaviours that you’re moving them towards,” added the analytics leader.

The concept isn’t as Orwellian as you might think – while the microphones pick up tone of voice and frequency of contributions during meetings, they don’t record specific conversations.

Similarly, accelerometers measure body language and track how often an employee pushes away from their desk – but don’t count coffee breaks or trips to the toilet.

All the data collected is done so anonymously and each employee is assigned their own confidential ID – this way they can compare their own behaviour against that of other participants without fear of reprisal.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.hcamag.com

Can we imagine this kind of data collectiion making its way into Teaching and Learning?  These devices are simple "wearable technologies" integrating with an Internet of Things to become data new data source for analysiing learning behaviours…  presents a whole raft of ethical considerations…

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