The Big Data in Education: Balancing Research Needs and Student Privacy” workshop organized by the National Academy of Education took place on August 9-10, 2016 in Washington, DC
From the National Academy of Education:
The report addresses a fundamental tension of how to reap the educational benefits that access to comprehensive “big” data provides while ensuring student privacy. In order to understand and improve teaching and learning, education data must be available to researchers, and the privacy of children and families must be protected.
This report, based upon a workshop, reviewed the benefits of educational research using modern data systems, the risks to the privacy of families and children, and technical and political solutions for maximizing benefits and minimizing risks. In particular, the report recommends that the research community (1) adopt common terminology, (2) communicate the importance of educational research more effectively, (3) build strong partnerships and models to ensure the sharing of data, and (4) better educate researchers and universities on privacy issues.
In addition to this summary report, the information below includes other proceedings of the workshop, including agenda, a commissioned background paper, panel summaries, and panel videos.
Direct to Summary Report (15 pages; PDF
Direct to Background Paper: “Advancing Educational Research and Student Privacy in the “Big Data” Era”