Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The only way is ethics

Ethical and privacy principles for learning analytics. Abelardo Pardo and George Siemens. BJET 01 April 2014 doi: 10.1111/bjet.12152
Abstract: The massive adoption of technology in learning processes comes with an equally large capacity to track learners. Learning analytics aims at using the collected information to understand and improve the quality of a learning experience. The privacy and ethical issues that emerge in this context are tightly interconnected with other aspects such as trust, accountability and transparency. In this paper, a set of principles is identified to narrow the scope of the discussion and point to pragmatic approaches to help design and research learning experiences where important ethical and privacy issues are considered.

A very useful article setting out four key principles for the use of learning analytics:

  • transparency
  • student control over the data
  • security
  • accountability and assessment

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