May 22, 2022

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The educational network digitizes its data

The educational network digitizes its data

(Montreal) Enters Quebec’s Education Network 21And The century with the computerization of its data, can now be analyzed with the help of digital intelligence.

Posted 3:12 pm
Updated to 6:25 pm.

Pierre Saint-Arnad
Canadian Press

Education Minister Jean-Franకోois Roberz and his colleague in charge of cybersecurity and digital, Eric Care, on Monday announced an investment of $ 10.6 million over two years with the goal of digitizing all data collected by school service centers (CSS).

During the epidemic, Minister Roberz said it was important to know the number of positive cases in the classroom, the situation related to absenteeism, who is following the tutoring program, the graduation rate and so on. As a result, unnecessarily complicated work.

“Anything [de ces] Educational information is easy to access and quick to access. Every time, it is a barrier course in education and we have to collect surveys, questionnaires, reporting, this information manually. This is an old method of collecting data, which has slowed us down.

“Our schools, our school service centers, are gold mines of information and data. You have to drill in the right place and be able to extract it, ”he argued.

Proven approach

Programs in this direction have already been tested in some HSCs and the results are promising. Thus, in CSS Cœur-des-Vallées, Outaouais and Val-des-Cerfs, Estrie, the use of digital intelligence made it possible to prevent academic failure by identifying more than 90% of students. There is a risk of exiting immediately upon joining Secondary1. The project also made it possible to bring together students facing the same profile or similar challenges to support them according to their specific needs.

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Also, thanks to this approach the two CSSs have been successful in better redistributing their human resources to suit the needs of different schools and in accurately estimating future staff shortages according to job categories and adjusting appointments accordingly.

“We don’t have school teams working hard,” Minister Roberz insisted. We do not come and tell teachers what to do. We do not come to play in the teaching of classes. ⁇

We have come to ease the work of school teams, reduce the burden of bureaucracy in rendering accounts by capturing data and sharing information.

Jean-Franకోois Roberz, Minister of Education

The three priority areas of analysis are those that target student absenteeism and academic success, human resource requirements, and infrastructure management activities.

“Cyberparanoid” government

This data will be anonymized – or denominated – according to the ministry’s expression, and will be processed and analyzed thanks to dashboards, among other things.

Minister Cairo wanted to assure this extent.

The Quebec government must be a cyber paranoid. Since we are still working with huge amounts of data, I would like to assure the cubes: all steps will be taken to ensure the cyber security of this information.

Eric Carey, Minister in charge of cybersecurity and digital

Of the costs incurred, 1.3 million would go to data harmonization work to ensure that the data is optimal, comparable and integrated. Roberz explained; 5 million will be used to deploy support teams for schools and CSS; Used for the development and implementation of 2 million algorithms and predictive models; 1.1 million will be spent on setting up a center of expertise in Artificial Intelligence dedicated to education; $ 1.1 million will be allocated for pooling data and developing tools for training and support for student success.

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This digitization and analysis effort is supported by the Quebec Institute of Artificial Intelligence (MILA), the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO), and the International Observatory on the Social Impacts of Intelligence Artificial and Digital Technology (OBVIA). The company GRICS, which specializes in information technology in the field of education.

Questions for CSQ

The Central des Union of Quebec (CSQ), which represents about 120,000 members working in the field of education, said government announcements raise a number of questions.

“Naturally, everyone knows that getting information from the Ministry of Education is a real hurdle course! We are fully aware of the need to take the provided turn. The idea is not to oppose it, but to make sure it happens properly. And in light of the various issues that have been implemented today, we have many questions and some fears, ”CSQ President Eric Zingras said in a press release.

CSQ works wonders, especially about respect for the professional judgment of network staff. “A model, no matter how effective, is always a model. It always takes someone at the end of the day to make a professional judgment. .

According to CSQ, staff should be involved in the conceptualization of this data enhancement software, especially to avoid bias. “What data is included and used to accurately measure what? Development would be a breach in the emptiness of this software to facilitate staff work “, the Central Union argues.