Next week I’m kicking off a reading circle at my Uni. We’re reading Weapons of Math Destruction – How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Dr. Cathy O’Neil. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I missed Bryan Alexander’s reading group last year. I was excited to see folks at OU share my interest in this topic since the available seats filled five hours after I announced the program to faculty, instructors, and graduate students.

That being said, you’re welcome to participate in this reading circle as well. Here what you need to know (copied from our reading circle website):

About This Reading Cirlce

We’re reading Weapons of Math Destruction – How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Dr. Cathy O’Neil In this concise book, O’Neil offers an accessible perspective on how the decision making of machines is impacting our lives (and our students).

In particular, our group will focus on how the unregulated mathematical models behind algorithms are affecting education, our classrooms, and our technological world. From going to college to online advertising to civic life, we’re increasingly interacting with machines. Join us as we tackle the many questions explored throughout this book so we can improve our instruction in a time of algorithms and big data.

Reading Schedule

Week 1 (March 26) – Introduction & Chapters 1, 2
Week 2 (April 2) – Chapters 3, 4, 5
Week 3 (April 9) – Chapters 6, 7, 8
Week 4 (April 16) – Chapters 9, 10 & Conclusionwea

Discussion & Reflection

Each week’s webpage will contain discussion questions, extra resources, and a reflection form to collect thoughts as we explore this book together. You’re encouraged to share any reflections using those forms. Alternatively, consider writing a reflection as a blog post on your own site. If there’s significant interest, I’ll put together a reflection section on this website like I’ve done for previous reading circles.

Lastly, you’re invited to introduce yourself using the Flipgrid below. Feel free to email me with any questions (or comment on this post below).

Introduce Yourself To The Group

Shoutout

I wanted to take a moment and acknowledge Tom Woodward for helping with the javascript coding that powers the automated reflection forms of the reading circle website. Specifically, his Google Form to Google Sheets to Vue Website blog post. Thanks Tom!


The featured image is provided CC0 by Ben White via Unsplash.

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