#heiseshow: Inadequate learning platforms – what’s the problem?

The second wave of the corona pandemic in Germany is never ending, and in order to contain the spread of the virus, schoolchildren are now back in distance learning or homeschooling. However, after almost a year of pandemic, expectations of this form of teaching are much greater than in spring 2020, when all those responsible were caught off guard by the pandemic.

So now the individual learning platforms of the federal states have to prove what they can do – just like the commercial solutions such as Microsoft 365, for which Baden-Württemberg has chosen. Unfortunately, the past few days have shown that the countries’ learning platforms are overwhelmed by the onslaught, crash, are presumed to be harassed by hackers or only allow limited use at times. Successful distance learning looks different – at least on a technical level.

Again and again it was pointed out from different sides that commercial providers do not have to struggle with such problems, but because of data protection concerns do not get a real chance in schools. They are used in some schools, but at the same time severely criticized by IT associations or banned by state data protection authorities.

How should digitization be implemented in our schools? How has it gone so far? This is what our series of articles would like to illuminate.

So what are the problems? Is data protection the real problem that prohibits good solutions, or is there another issue? How should a good learning platform be designed? How user and data protection friendly are the countries’ solutions?

These and many other questions – also from the audience – are discussed by Martin Holland (@fingolas) and Kristina Beer (@bee_k_bee) with Dorothee Wiegand from c’t in a new episode of #heiseshow, live from 12 noon.

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