Browsing: ethics & privacy

Dear LACE followers, We would like to send a big welcome to our friends from the SHEILA project that decided to join our ‘SIG LACE’ under the umbrella of the Society of Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR). SHEILA (‘Supporting Higher Education to Introduce Learning Analytics’ http://sheilaproject.eu) is partly funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme and is coordinated by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with Brussels Education Services, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Tallinn University, Open University of the Netherlands, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). The project aim is to…

Back to the full list of FAQs about learning analytics 1. What is Privacy? The right to privacy is a basic human right and an established element of the legal systems in developed countries. Already in 1890, Warren & Brandeis wrote an article about “The Right to Privacy”, where they explained that privacy is the “right to be let alone”, and focused on protecting individuals. This right is often debated in the context of the yellow press with regards to royals and celebrities. The concept of privacy as a right to be let alone was further developed by Westin in 1968 who…

Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. You are welcome to add to the Hub site, which you can visit via a tab at the top of this page. The evidence of the month for February 2016 is a pre-print of a paper by Rodríguez-Triana, Martínez-Monés, and Villagrá-Sobrino, which will appear this spring in a special issue of the Journal of Learning Analytics that will focus on issues of ethics and privacy. The field of learning analytics is working to define frameworks that can structure the…

The widespread adoption of Learning Analytics (LA) and Educational Data Mining (EDM) has somewhat stagnated recently, and in some prominent cases like the inBloom disaster even been reversed following concerns by governments, stakeholders and civil rights groups. In this ongoing discussion, fears and realities are often indistinguishably mixed up, leading to an atmosphere of uncertainty among potential beneficiaries of Learning Analytics, as well as hesitations among institutional managers who aim to innovate their institution’s learning support by implementing data and analytics with a view on improving student success. The LACE project conducted a series of Expert Workshops on Ethics and Privacy…

Learning analytics is a new field, and as with any other new technology there is work to be done to apply existing ethical and privacy approaches to the new ethical quandaries which are generated. Many of the people involved are unused to wrestling with kinds of questions of ethics or privacy that are associated with the field, and are unaware of how to set about answering them. The LACE project therefore started various expert workshops on Ethics and Privacy for Learning Analytics (EP4LA). From those workshops we wrote a LACE Review about this pressing topic and developed the DELICATE Checklist for…

Ethical and Privacy Issues in the Design of Learning Analytics Applications (hashtag: EP4LA) Workshop collocated with the Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK 2016) University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK April 25, 2016 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Link to the official LAK16 program We had a productive 2nd LAK workshop on EP4LA – now it is time to share the outcome! Papers & Presentations Introduction to the workshop (PDF) – setting the scene by pointing to some important work by LACE project and others Vision of the Future study (PDF) The LACE Review on Ethics & Privacy (LACE Review paper…

EP4LA Workshop Series The large-scale production, collection, aggregation, and processing of information from various learning platforms and online environments have led to ethical and privacy concerns regarding potential harm to individuals and society. In the past, these types of concern have impacted on areas as diverse as computer science, legal studies and surveillance studies. Privacy is typically not very well defined in LAK and EDM papers. But the infamous inBloom case showed that privacy issues can be a showstopper for the application of learning analytics technologies. In order to make issues related to privacy more central to learning analytics application design,…