New Report: “Code Of Practice For Learning Analytics: a Literature Review of The Ethical And Legal Issues”
Here’s a recently published report by Niall Sclater from JISC (UK organization) that might be of interest. The sources shared in the literature review comes from publishers/publications based in the UK, U.S., and elsewhere.
From an Introductory Blog Post by Niall Scalter:
Do institutions need to obtain consent from students before collecting and using data about their online learning activities?
Should learners be allowed to opt out of having data collected about them?
Could showing students predictions about their likelihood of academic success have a negative effect on their motivation and make them more likely to drop out?
These are some of the questions addressed in a new report which is released today by Jisc: Code of practice for learning analytics: A literature review of the ethical and legal issues.
The aim of the review is to provide the groundwork for a code of practice which is intended to help institutions solve the complex issues raised by learning analytics.
It was a very interesting task gathering together publications from many different authors and organisations. I drew material from 86 publications, more than a third of them published within the last year from sources including:
- The literature around learning analytics which makes explicit reference to legal and ethical issues
- Articles and blogs around the ethical and legal issues of big data
- A few papers which concentrate specifically on privacy
- Relevant legislation, in particular the European Data Protection Directive 1995 and the UK Data Protection Act 1998
- Related codes of practice from education and industry
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.