In Defence of Ian Linkletter

News broke this evening that Proctorio has served notice of a lawsuit to Ian Linkletter in response to his vital work publicizing the mechanisms by which Proctorio works. The Vancouver Province ran the story today.

Ian Linkletter is one of the most ethical, aware, and student-centred learning technologists working in Canada today. Ian’s central focus is always care, and his concerns with the entire class of proctoring tools is well-documented. His careful investigation in this field, including the tweets in question, help to better inform the work of all learning technologists. To do our jobs properly, we need access to information and we need to understand the impact of our choices on the students we serve. Without Ian’s work, we would know less. His work is scholarship, and his work is care.

We demonstrate care for students by trusting students. All proctoring tools are open to critique from those working within this discipline to reshape an academic culture that stands in opposition to student trust, and that increasingly relies on surveillance technologies to replace the difficult work of assessment. If these tools want us to trust them, we need to understand how they work. We need critics like Ian to force transparency in spaces where it is difficult to find, as we cannot critique what we don’t know. Ian’s attempts to shine light in these dark corners should be — and are, by the EdTech community — met with gratitude.

Ian’s work is part of a larger body of scholarly critique on the place of surveillance technologies in education and should be supported and defended as such, alongside works like:

The first iteration of this letter was signed by the following scholars, educational technologists, and interested parties. If you would like to add your support to this letter, please comment below and your name will be added to future iterations.

In solidarity.

Brenna Clarke Gray
Coordinator, Educational Technologies
Thompson Rivers University

Laura Gibbs, PhD
Online Instructor
University of Oklahoma

Hannah McGregor
Assistant Professor
Simon Fraser University

Bonnie Stewart
Assistant Professor of Online Pedagogy & Workplace Learning
Faculty of Education
University of Windsor

Dave Cormier
Learning Specialist, Digital Learning Strategy & Special Projects
Office of Open Learning
University of Windsor

Autumm Caines
Instructional Designer
University of Michigan – Dearborn

Names Added 5 September 2020:

Anne-Marie Scott
Deputy Provost
Athabasca University

Lucia Lorenzi
UBC Alumna

Arley Cruthers
Instructor – Applied Communications
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kira Tomsons
Faculty, Philosophy and Humanities
Douglas College

Dr IE Marais,
Department of Anthropology and Archaeology,
University of South Africa

Phillip Dawson
Associate Professor
Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE)
Deakin University, 
Melbourne, Australia

Corey Sparks
Assistant Professor
Department of English
California State University, Chico

Colin Madland
Manager, Online Learning, TWU
PhD student in Educational Technology, UVic

Mia Zamora
Associate Professor, 
Director of MA in English, Writing Studies
Kean University

Aidan Mundle
Student, 
University of British Columbia.

Alan Levine
Independent Education Technology Consultant

Irwin DeVries

Kate Bowles
Associate Dean International and former Head of Education Design
University of Wollongong, 
Australia

Jon Fulton

Maha Bali

Mira Vogel, 
Senior Teaching Fellow, 
King’s College London

Joanna Stroud
Head of Online Learning
University College London

Pat Lockley

Phil Barker, 
Independent Learning Technology Consultant.

Chris Miciek
Director, Career Development Center
Thomas Jefferson University

Lee Skallerup Bessette
Learning Design Specialist
Georgetown University

Luke Waltzer
Director, Teaching and Learning Center
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Charles Logan
PhD Student in Learning Sciences
Northwestern University

Dorothea Salo
Distinguished Faculty Associate
Information School
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rob Proulx, PhD
Lecturer
University of Minnesota Crookston

Chad Flinn
Instructor
BCIT

Peggy French
Open Education Librarian | Curriculum Designer
Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology
Hamilton ON

Terry Greene
ELearning Designer
Trent University Online

Margy MacMillan
Professor Emerita
Mount Royal University

Matt Crosslin, PhD
Instructional Designer
Part-Time Faculty, UTRGV

Tracy Stuntz, EdD
Instructional designer
Clovis Community College

Apostolos Koutropoulos

Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD
Associate Professor and Educational Leader in Residence, Academic Integrity
University of Calgary

Leo Havemann
Digital Education Advisor
University College London

Josh Seeland
Academic Integrity & Copyright Officer
ACC
Brandon, Canada

Parm Gill, 
Learning Designer

Tim Fawns

Xinli Wang, Ph.D
Instructor
University of Manitoba

Mahrya Burnett
Scholarly Communications Librarian
University of Iowa

Mel Guille
Courseware Technical Writer
Onlea Corporation

Jim Groom

Giulia Forsythe

Shea Swauger
Researcher Support Department Head
University of Colorado Denver

Heidi Tiedemann Darroch

Timothy McGee
Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Religion
Illinois College

Logan Murray, Ed.D
Analyst
California Community Colleges

Paul Hibbitts
Designer and Educator
Vancouver, BC
Canada

Adam Beauchamp
Assistant University Librarian
Florida State University

Mary Burgess
Executive Director
BCcampus

Erin Beattie
Manager, Marketing and Communications
BCcampus
Victoria, B.C.
Canada

Arianna Cheveldave
Coordinator, Open Education
BCcampus

Denise Goudy
Director, Collaborative Projects
BCcampus
Victoria, BC
Canada

Amanda Coolidge
Director, Open Education
BCcampus

David Carter
Assistant Professor
University of Utah

Michelle Harrison
Senior Instructional Designer, Open Learning
Thompson Rivers University, 
Kamloops, BC

Stephen Doubt
Instructional Designer
Thompson Rivers University
Kamloops, BC

Ken Monroe
Instructional Designer
TRU – Open Learning

Karolina Karas
Strategist, Marketing and Communications
BCcampus
Victoria, B.C.
Canada

Catherine Cronin

Cristina Colquhoun
Instructional Designer
Oklahoma State University

Jördis Weilandt
Instructor and Teaching Development Facilitator
University of Lethbridge/ AB

Erin Reid
PhD Candidate
Faculty of Education, McGill University

Rajiv Jhangiani
Acting Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Caley Ehnes, PhD
Instructor
College of the Rockies
Cranbrook, BC

Tannis Morgan
Advisor, BCcampus

Jon Beasley-Murray
Associate Professor
University of British Columbia

Leeann Waddington
Manager, Learning Technology and Educational Media
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Lisa Gedak
Teaching and Learning with Technologies Strategist
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)

George Veletsianos, PhD
Professor
Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology
Royal Roads University
Victoria, BC

Robin Leung
Educational Media Strategist
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Shawna M. Brandle
Associate Professor, Kingsborough Community College

Brenda M. Stoesz, PhD
Faculty Specialist (Academic Integrity Initiative)
The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Theresa Southam, Chair
Teaching and Learning Institute
Selkirk College

Karen Meijer-Kline
Scholarly Communications Librarian
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Troy Welch

David Golumbia
Assoc Prof, Digital Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University

Shawn Graham,
Full Professor, Digital Humanities
Dept of History
Carleton University

Jason Toal
Interaction Designer,
Centre for Educational Excellence
SFU

Mandy Henk
CEO, Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons

Donna Lanclos, PhD
Consulting Anthropologist

Erika Smith, PhD
Associate Professor & Faculty Development Consultant
Mount Royal University

Paul Sopcak, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Student Conduct, Community Standards and Values
Instructor, Humanities Department
MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada

Ross McKerlich
Open Education Advisor
BCcampus

Dr. Robin DeRosa, Director
Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative
Plymouth State University

Terence Linkletter, 
Emeritus Senior Lecturer in IT, 
Central Washington University

Duane Seibel

Tim Clarke, 
Instructional Designer, 
Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania

Maureen Glynn
Senior eLearning Designer
Trent Online, Trent University

Paul-Olivier Dehaye

Greg Rodrigo
Faculty Developer
Georgian College

Liz Morrish

Tracy Roberts
Director, Learning & Teaching
BCcampus

Ika Willis
Associate Dean, Education
Faculty of the Arts, Social Science and Humanities
University of Wollongong, Australia

Brandon Carson
Learning Technologist Specialist and Part-time Professor
Durham College

Carolyn Ives

Laura MacKay
Director, Centre of Teaching Excellence
Capilano University

Brian Lamb
Director, Learning Technology & Innovation
Thompson Rivers University

Helen Lee
Acting Program Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Innovation
Justice Institute of British Columbia

Julia Burnham
Senator and MA Student in Educational Studies
UBC Vancouver

Dr Doug Reid

Stephanie Tate
Learning Strategist, Academic Integrity
MEd Student
Thompson Rivers University

Helen Beetham
Researcher, University of Wolverhampton UK

Mary Hanlon

Conor Galvin

Prof Martin Weller
UK Open University

Joyce Kim, Master of Educational Technology, 
Learning Designer & Curriculum Leader.

Dr. Jen Ross, 
Co-director for Centre for Research in Digital Education, 
University of Edinburgh.

Robert Gray
Contract Lecturer, Retired
Carleton University / University of New Brunswick

Joanne Kehoe
Lead Educational Developer
McMaster University

Christine Dewar
Performing and Fine Arts
Douglas College

Wendy Hulko, 
Associate Professor, 
Social Work & Human Service, 
Thompson Rivers University

Gabriel Delaney
Bachelor’s of Fine Arts
UBCO ALMUNI

Steven Weidner
Senior Instructional Technologist
New York Chiropractic College

Tobias Steiner
Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM)
Centre for Postdigital Cultures
Coventry University

Jennifer Hardwick
Department of English
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Elli England
Faculty, English Department
Fullerton College

Sharon Flynn
Enhancing Digital Teaching & Learning
Irish Universities Association

Dennis Yip
Justice Institute of British Columbia

Sun-ha Hong
Assistant Professor
School of Communication
Simon Fraser University

William Chen
Student at the University of British Columbia (Political Science)

Duncan McHugh
Digital & Instructional Media Producer
UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Julia M Wright, 
George Munro Chair in English Literature & Rhetoric, 
Dalhousie University

Jason Haslam

Billy Meinke-Lau

Stoo Sepp, PhD
Independent Educational Technology researcher and former UBC Staff

David N. Wright

Maha Al-Freih
Assistant Professor of Instructional Design & Technology
Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University

Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh
FT Chemistry Faculty
CNM Community College

Helen DeWaard,
Instructor, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, and
Learning Designer, University of British Columbia

Ann Gangé

Robynne Devine

Names Added 7 September 2020:

Doug Holton
Director of Teaching and Learning
Florida Polytechnic University

Gerol C. Petruzella, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Academic Technology
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Kieran Mathieson
Associate Professor
Oakland University

Kieran Forde
PhD student
University of British Columbia

Miles Schaffrick
Student, Department of Political Science
University of British Columbia

James Binks
Alumni, University of British Columbia

Ranil Prasad
UBC B.A Student (Political Science)

Bryce Wilson
Student,
University of British Columbia

Dominique St-Arnaud
Student, University of British Columbia

Rik Blok, PhD
Sessional Lecturer
Computer Science, UBC

Suhani Jayatilake
UBC Alumna

Benjamin Cheung
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia

Zara Zaman
Student of University of Toronto

Manal Nadeem
Student,
University of Toronto

Alisar Abdel Rahman,
Student – University of Toronto Mississauga

Nada Al-Towaity
computer science, mathematics, and stats
University of Toronto Mississauga

Kota Chang
Student,
University of British Columbia

Dvir Hilu
Student
University of British Columbia

Isak Boyd
Student
University of British Columbia

Isha Mehta.
Student, University of British Columbia

Natasha Hannon

Melissa Jakubec
Principal Instructional Designer
Thompson Rivers University

Anshul Kulkarni
Student
Faculty of Arts
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Brent McIntosh
Faculty emeritus
North Island College

Terri Bateman
Distributed Learning Facilitator
North Island College

Robyn Starkey
Doctoral Exams Coordinator
University of British Columbia

Dr. Marni Westerman
Sociology
Douglas College,
New Westminster, BC, Canada

Daphne Palmeter
Student
University of British Columbia

Vivian Forssman

Ernesto Peña
Adjunct Professor
Master of Educational Technology
UBC

Dua Naqvi
Student
University of British Columbia

Aneesh Bulusu
Student
University of British Columbia

Junsong Zhang
Instructional Design
Justice Institute of British Columbia

Don Gorges
Toronto Ontario

Kane Murdoch,
Senior Adviser, Student Integrity,
UNSW Sydney

Names Added 15 October 2020

Alexandra Gil
Student
University of British Columbia

Kara Deane
BSc Student
University of British Columbia

Francesca Helm
Researcher, University of Padova,
Italy

Michael Marker

Gerald Tembrevilla, PhD
Research Specialist
Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology &
Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Faculty of Education
University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus

Grant Marshall
Former EST Coop
TRU OL

Stephen Petrina, Professor
University of British Columbia

LeAnne Petherick

Trent Gill
Academic Advisor
Brandon University

Florence Daddey
Business Management Instructor
Douglas College
New Westminster

Mari Pighini

Tiger Oakes, Student
University of British Columbia

Barish Golland
Training Lead, IRP
University of British Columbia

Cavan Slade
Student,
University of British Columbia

Leah Macfadyen
Associate Director, Master of Educational Technology Program
Faculty of Education
The University of British Columbia

Melanie Meyers,
Project Manager, Open Education
BCcampus

Iris Berger (EdD)
Assistant Professor of Teaching
Department of Language and Literacy,
Coordinator ECE Programs,
Faculty of Education,
University of British Columbia

Taylor K. Long
Senior Communications Specialist
Dartmouth College

Georgia Yee
Vice President of Academic and University Affairs
Alma Mater Society of University of British Columbia
BSc Biology

Ronald Mo
Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of British Columbia

Samuel Trosow
Associate Professor
University of Western Ontario
Faculty of Law and Faculty of Information & Media Studies

Benjamin Gleason
Assistant Professor of Education
Iowa State University

Katie-Marie McNeill
PhD Candidate and Instructor
Queen’s University

Ali Versluis
Assistant Librarian, Research & Scholarship
McLaughlin Library
University of Guelph

Ken Bauer
Associate Professor, Computer Science
Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara

Peter Binkley
Digital Scholarship Technologies Librarian
University of Alberta

Thomas Rhode
Freshman at Middle College High School, CA

Scott Goble
Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
University of British Columbia

194 Replies to “In Defence of Ian Linkletter”

  1. This lawsuit is chilling. Definitely add my name to future versions of the letter.

    Arley Cruthers
    Instructor – Applied Communications
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University

  2. Please add me to the signatories! This is so important.
    Kira Tomsons
    Faculty, Philosophy and Humanities
    Douglas College

  3. Remote proctoring is sold to us on the logic that scrutiny is good. This lawsuit increases the asymmetry in that scrutiny: we can monitor you, but you can’t monitor us.

    Please add my name:

    Phillip Dawson
    Associate Professor
    Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE)
    Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. This lawsuit is truly chilling. Please add my name in support of Ian and his critical voice.
    Colin Madland
    Manager, Online Learning, TWU
    PhD student in Educational Technology, UVic

    1. Please add my name in support of Ian Linkletter in light of this outrageous lawsuit.
      .
      Mia Zamora
      Associate Professor, Director of MA in English, Writing Studies
      Kean University

  5. Co-sign, with feeling. The scope of the learning technologist includes investigating software design assumptions, monitoring implementation practices, and advocating for the interests of students and educators in raising issues that are of concern. Ian is doing his job.

    Kate Bowles
    Associate Dean International and former Head of Education Design
    University of Wollongong, Australia

  6. Happy to put my name to this too. Applying critical perspectives to the tools we use with our students is part of our responsibility to them.

    Joanna Stroud
    Head of Online Learning
    University College London

  7. I fully support Ian and this letter. Thank you all for your work.
    Phil Barker, Independent Learning Technology Consultant.

  8. Sets a horrible precedent and environment for students’ future work and their comfort with employer surveillance, too.
    Chris Miciek
    Director, Career Development Center
    Thomas Jefferson University

  9. This harassment is unacceptable. Ian Linkletter, you are not alone.

    Luke Waltzer
    Director, Teaching and Learning Center
    The Graduate Center, CUNY

  10. I’m grateful for Ian’s work. Thank you, Brenna, for putting together this letter.

    Charles Logan
    PhD Student in Learning Sciences
    Northwestern University

  11. No words (well a few swear ones for Proctorio) – only admiration for Ian.
    Peggy French
    Open Education Librarian | Curriculum Designer
    Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology
    Hamilton ON

  12. Whatever your stance may be on proctoring (remote or otherwise), this is not a way to have a mature conversation and debate about it (I am looking at you, Proctor.io). Shedding light on how something works is important for our professional practice. SLAPPing someone because they shine a light on how things work is tantamount to bullying and silencing people with legitimate questions and concerns. I support Ian Linkletter.

  13. Please add my name:
    Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD
    Associate Professor and Educational Leader in Residence, Academic Integrity
    University of Calgary

  14. I would like to add my signature and my disappointment. Any company seeking to provide services to educational institutions and our students should not forget these are not simply ‘customers’ in some kind of generic sense – in searching for vendors we must seek those which can assure us that they would only act ethically and responsibly on our behalf. The idea that any vendor would take legal action against an individual education worker rather than respond transparently to criticism beggars belief, and should give pause to any institutions who have already engaged in a relationship with them.

    Leo Havemann
    Digital Education Advisor
    University College London

  15. I agree with everything here. Consider this my signature in support:

    Mahrya Burnett
    Scholarly Communications Librarian
    University of Iowa

    1. Everyone who works in edtech should be paying attention to these issues — we have responsibily to serve not just clients and instituions, but also their learners. Please add my name to this letter.

      Mel Guille
      Courseware Technical Writer
      Onlea Corporation

  16. Please add my name for support, and would be very interested in contributing towards and canvassing for legal aide if Proctorio is foolish enough to go through with this insanity.

  17. Thanks for this effort. It’s an outrageous attempt to quell critical analysis, which should be the foremost task of everyone in education.

  18. Please add my name to the list of people who in full support of Ian.

    Denise Goudy
    Director, Collaborative Projects
    BCcampus
    Victoria, BC
    Canada

  19. Please add my name and support for Ian and his very important and critical voice supporting students.
    Michelle Harrison
    Senior Instructional Designer, Open Learning
    Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC

  20. Ian Linkletter is one the kindest most ethically balanced peoples I have ever met. Please add my name.
    Stephen Doubt
    Instructional Designer
    Thompson Rivers University
    Kamloops, BC

  21. In solidarity with Ian. Happy to contribute to the defense fund if necessary. We stand together!

    Ken Monroe
    Instructional Designer
    TRU – Open Learning

  22. In solidarity with Ian. Happy to contribute to the defense fund if necessary. We stand together!

    Ken Monroe
    Instructional Designer
    Thompson Rivers University – Open Learning

  23. In full and complete support of Ian.

    Karolina Karas
    Strategist, Marketing and Communications
    BCcampus
    Victoria, B.C.
    Canada

  24. This is chilling. Please add my name.
    Making informed choices about edtech includes engaging in critical scholarship that explores the values embedded in educational technologies and the practices and pedagogies that such technologies enable and encourage. This is *part of our work* as digital education professionals in higher education. Please add my name in support of Ian.
    Many thanks for setting this up, Brenna.

  25. I support Ian Linkletter.
    Jördis Weilandt
    Instructor and Teaching Development Facilitator
    University of Lethbridge/ AB

  26. This vexatious suit looks like nothing short of a tactic of intimidation. It is increasingly apparent that this company (which earlier posted student chat logs on Reddit before apologizing) does not understand how privacy works (e.g., the difference between an unlisted and a private video on YouTube) and are certainly not open to any critical discussion of their technology. Given that the videos in question could have been easily shared by any of the universities currently using this software (and their employees), targeting Ian here comes across as pure retribution for his public critiques. This is unethical, reprehensible behaviour.

    Rajiv Jhangiani
    Acting Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University

  27. I have learned so much from the both of you about ethical online teaching. Please add my name in support :

    Caley Ehnes, PhD
    Instructor
    College of the Rockies
    Cranbrook, BC

  28. Please add my name in support of Ian, and let’s continue to be the critical check and balance that is so needed in the Ed tech space.

    Tannis Morgan
    Advisor, BCcampus

  29. In full support
    Leeann Waddington
    Manager, Learning Technology and Educational Media
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University

  30. Please add my name in support of Ian Linkletter.

    In solidarity,
    Lisa Gedak
    Teaching and Learning with Technologies Strategist
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)

  31. Please add my name, and thanks for coordinating this.

    Shawna M. Brandle
    Associate Professor, Kingsborough Community College

  32. Please add my name:
    Brenda M. Stoesz, PhD
    Faculty Specialist (Academic Integrity Initiative)
    The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada

  33. Please add my name in support as well.
    Karen Meijer-Kline
    Scholarly Communications Librarian
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University

  34. Please add my name in support:
    Paul Sopcak, Ph.D.
    Coordinator,
 Student Conduct, Community
    Standards and Values &
    Instructor, Humanities Department
    MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada

  35. Please add my name in support of Ian Linkletter. I have known Ian his entire life, and admired both his wisdom in the nuances of right and wrong and his persistence in supporting others who may have been wronged. I have also worked for software vendors as a quality assurance manager. One of the most important sources of information on how to improve a given product was the user community, whose insights I cherished. Exactly the kind of improvement feedback Ian has now been providing is worth its weight in dollar bills, and I am surprised that in this case the vendor prefers not to have accepted the feedback.

      1. I support Ian’s efforts and value his professionalism and critical expertise.
        Tim Clarke, Instructional Designer, Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania

  36. The functionalities of such tools should be transparent to students and teachers, so they can make informed choices. Please add my name in support.

    1. I would like to sign in favout of Ian Linkletter.

      Anshul Kulkarni
      Student
      Faculty of Arts
      University of British Columbia, Vancouver

  37. In support of Ian and all those involved in post-secondary to have critical discussions about the tools and companies that impact student learning and student privacy.

    Laura MacKay
    Director, Centre of Teaching Excellence
    Capilano University

  38. Please add my name:
    Helen Lee
    Acting Program Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Innovation
    Justice Institute of British Columbia

  39. Please add my name in support of Ian.
    Stephanie Tate
    Learning Strategist, Academic Integrity
    MEd Student
    Thompson Rivers University

  40. Please add my signature to support Ian and everyone who makes valid criticisms of tech companies and their products. Respect to those UBC students who are supporting Ian, to the extent of paying to get the court filing against him and making it public.
    Helen Beetham
    Researcher, University of Wolverhampton UK

  41. Bravo to Ian for his dedication to student privacy and ethical use of learning technology. Please add my name in solidarity.
    Joyce Kim, Master of Educational Technology, Learning Designer & Curriculum Leader.

  42. Thank you for making us aware of this Brenna and writing in support of Linkletter’s work on surveillance technologies and applying an ethic of care to students.

  43. We considered remote proctoring when we went remote. We decided to focus on reinforcing professional and ethical practices instead. Guess what? We’ve seen no noticeable increase in cheating. Please add my name:

    Steven Weidner
    Senior Instructional Technologist
    New York Chiropractic College

  44. Thanks so much for this! Please add my name to the list, in full support of Ian’s work:

    Tobias Steiner
    Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM)
    Centre for Postdigital Cultures
    Coventry University

  45. Please add me, too – and thank you for this.

    Sun-ha Hong
    Assistant Professor
    School of Communication
    Simon Fraser University

  46. Ian is a staunch advocate for students, and we here at UBC (and in the ed tech community) are lucky to have him. Please add my name in support.

    Duncan McHugh
    Digital & Instructional Media Producer
    UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems

  47. Please add me too—critique and transparency are essential to the academic mission. Thank you for writing this and organizing on our collective behalf.

    Julia M Wright, George Munro Chair in English Literature & Rhetoric, Dalhousie University

  48. I have worked closely with Ian at UBC. His priorities have always been the protection of student privacy while ensuring they have the best educational experience possible.

    Add me to the list.

    Stoo Sepp, PhD
    Independent Educational Technology researcher and former UBC Staff

  49. In solidarity with Ian.

    Gerol C. Petruzella, Ph.D.
    Associate Director, Academic Technology
    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

  50. Ian has my respect, admiration, and full support. Please add my name to the list:

    Kieran Forde
    PhD student
    University of British Columbia

  51. Please add my name in solidarity.

    Miles Schaffrick
    Student, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia

  52. Proctorio using a SLAPP lawsuit to silence Ian is deplorable. Happy to sign the letter.

    Ranil Prasad
    UBC B.A Student (Political Science)

  53. Hello, I would also like to add my name in support.
    Alisar Abdel Rahman,
    Student – University of Toronto Mississauga

  54. I sincerely value you these efforts and appreciate Ian as a colleague.

    Robyn Starkey
    Doctoral Exams Coordinator
    University of British Columbia

  55. Exactly why we need more open education resources and applications. This lawsuit is ridiculous.

    Add my name pls

    Junsong Zhang
    Instructional Design
    Justice Institute of British Columbia

  56. I’m aware of the irony, given the nature of my work, but telling students they must personally submit to the Panopticon goes against every good I’ve ever believed education stands for.

    Please add my name:

    Kane Murdoch,
    Senior Adviser, Student Integrity,
    UNSW Sydney.

  57. It is certainly no coincidence that one of the greatest allies for Indigenous faculty and students in ETS and in all realms of IT at UBC is Ian who is now being attacked by the same forces of technocratic colonization that threaten Indigenous people, lands, and the entirety of planetary survival. Ian Linkletter is my friend, my colleague for over a decade. He has helped me to think through difficult issues of Indigenous epistemologies and how best to support our students as we developed online courses and access for remote and impoverished Indigenous communities. As an Indigenous professor, I rely on culturally thoughtful and engaged allies like Ian to enact reconciliation at UBC. It is a disgusting outrage that he should be persecuted by corporate corruption, power, and mostly… greed! I stand in solidarity with all who support Ian.

  58. In full support and solidarity with Ian. You can always count on us, Ian.
    Please count me in for this cause.

    Gerald Tembrevilla, PhD
    Research Specialist
    Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
    Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology &
    Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
    Faculty of Education
    University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus

  59. I fully support Ian. I want to thank him for raising our awareness about the trauma imposed by such technologies and his concern for students and online learning. He is a valuable member of UBC. Please add my name.

  60. Ian deserves credit and praise for his critical work in this space. His work is recognized and his resistance deserves support. Ian puts students first.

    Trent Gill
    Academic Advisor
    Brandon University

  61. Please add my name to the list. I fully support Ian’s work.
    Business Management Instructor
    Douglas College
    New Westminster

  62. I stand in full support with Ian Linkletter, an esteemed colleague and friend, and an individual of the highest ethical and professional integrity. The recipient of UBC’s 2020 Staff Excellence Award at the Faculty of Education, Ian is a role model for faculty and students alike. I trust that this ossue will be clarified favourably for Mr Linkletter very soon.

  63. We need transparency and to protect everyone’s privacy now more than ever.
    Tiger Oakes, Student
    University of British Columbia

  64. I’ve known Ian for many users with our work in Learning Technology Ecosystems and respect his passion and advocacy for technology enabled student learning. Definitely would vouch for him!
    Barish Golland
    Training Lead, IRP
    University of British Columbia

  65. This is vile. I am in complete support of Linkletter’s efforts. put my name on this list
    Cavan Slade
    Student,
    University of British Columbia

  66. And me.

    Leah Macfadyen
    Associate Director, Master of Educational Technology Program
    Faculty of Education
    The University of British Columbia

  67. (via Email) Iris Berger (EdD)
    Assistant Professor of Teaching
    Department of Language and Literacy,
    Coordinator ECE Programs,
    Faculty of Education,
    University of British Columbia

  68. I would like to add my support to your efforts. There is growing opposition to the use of a similar program, ProctorTrack on my campus. In my opinion these programs violate PIPEDA (Canadian Privacy law) and are toxic to a good learning environment. I urge faculty colleagues not to use these privacy-invasive tools, but too many contract-faculty are in very precarious positions and not well able to resist the pressures in certain departments and faculties.

    Samuel Trosow, Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Information & Media Studies.

  69. Please add my name as well!

    Ali Versluis
    Assistant Librarian, Research & Scholarship
    McLaughlin Library
    University of Guelph

  70. Thank you for this Brenna.
    Please add my name to those supporting this.

    Ken Bauer
    Associate Professor, Computer Science
    Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara

  71. This is the start of the destruction of educational privacy in the world. please add my name

    Thomas Rhode
    Freshman at Middle College High School, CA

  72. Critique and transparency are at the core of the academic enterprise, and Ian Linkletter’s raising of concerns about questionable uses of learning technology and students’ privacy merits the support of educators everywhere.
    Scott Goble
    Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
    University of British Columbia

  73. Brenna, please add my name in full support of Ian. The ability to critique the educational technology is a fundamental requirement of the job of being an educational technologist. As ALT CEO Maren Deepwell notes, “A more reflective, more creative, more critical perspective will move us firmly beyond simple advocacy toward a more mature and impactful professional practice.” Ian’s work in this area has been an outstanding example of the type of critical perspective Deepwell advocates for. This lawsuit is a disturbing attempt to quash legitimate criticism. Thanks for doing this.

    Clint Lalonde
    Associate Faculty, School of Education & Technology, Royal Roads University
    Manager, Education Technology, BCcampus

    Learning Technology as a Professional Practice: Developing a Critical Perspective. (2019). Retrieved October 16, 2020, from https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/10/learning-technology-as-a-professional-practice-developing-a-critical-perspective

  74. Please add my name to this letter if you can. Thanks very much,
    Shawna M. Brandle
    Associate Professor of Political Science
    Kingsborough Community College CUNY

  75. Please add my name to this letter.

    Jennifer Berdahl
    Professor, Department of Sociology
    University of British Columbia

  76. No educational institution should procure products from a firm whose response to academic criticism is a lawsuit. When someone tells you who they are, believe them.

    Dr Cory Doctorow
    Visiting Professor of Practice, University of North Carolina School of Library and Information Science
    Visiting Professor, Open University Department of Computer Science
    Research Affiliate, MIT Media Lab

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