May 18, 2022

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Publishes SPEC Kit 360: Learning Analytics

The following SPEC Kit was published online today by the Association of Research Libraries.


SPEC Kit 360: Learning Analytics


Michael R. Perry

Kristen A. Briney

Abigail Goben

Andrew Asher

Kyle M. L. Jones

M. Brooke Robertshaw

Dorothea Salo


Association of Research Libraries
doi: 10.29242/spec.360


2018-09-05_10-25-57This SPEC Kit examines current practices, policies, and ethical issues around libraries and learning analytics. It explore how ARL member institutions are navigating the balance between gathering and managing data in support of learning analytics initiatives and attending to the profession’s ethics commitments. To these ends, it seeks to answer these broad questions: how are academic libraries planning for, adopting, and participating in learning analytics initiatives?; what mechanisms do they use to maintain data security and privacy?; what ethical issues do they encounter when participating in learning analytics?; and how do they negotiate and resolve those issues? It includes examples of library privacy statements and policies, institutional privacy polices, and data security policies.

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