Category Archives: Ethics

Jisc releases report on ethical and legal challenges of learning analytics

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 … Read more

Notes from Utrecht Workshop on Ethics and Privacy Issues in the Application of Learning Analytics

I’m back from yesterday’s excellent Workshop on Ethics & Privacy Issues in the Application of Learning Analytics  in Utrecht organised by LACE and SURF.  Hendrik Drachsler from the Open University of the Netherlands kicked off the session by presenting a background to learning analytics and some of the resulting ethical and privacy issues.  He mentioned the situation in … Read more

Code of practice “essential” for learning analytics

We had a lively session on ethics and legal issues at the Jisc Effective Learning Analytics workshop last week, kicking it off by outlining some of the key questions in this area: Who should have access to data about students’ online activities? Are there any circumstances when collecting data about students is unacceptable/undesirable? Should students be … Read more