10th Workshop on Ethics & Privacy in Learning Analytics @ EC-TEL 2017


Workshop collocated with the 12th European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2017 Tallinn (Estonia) 12-15 September  (hashtag: EP4LA)  (Extended deadline: 8 July)

The workshop will take place on 12 September, 2017 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Call for Papers

Since the last Ethics & Privacy for Learning Analytics (EP4LA) workshops (http://www.laceproject.eu/ethics-privacy-learning-analytics/) it has become increasingly clear that ethics and privacy issues play a major role in preparing for large-scale adoption of learning analytics. Cases of ‘moral panics’ are still used to create attention about these important issues — the infamous inBloom case in the USA and the lesser known Stichting Snapped case in the Netherlands are cases in point. Today, though, ethics and privacy are not considered only as an afterthought when something has gone wrong; they are being built into the new designs from the very beginning. From 2018 this principle of privacy and data protection by design and default will be incorporated into national laws as part of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

This workshop will focus on how ethics and privacy concerns can form the basis on which technical architectures and educational practices for learning analytics will be built.

Objectives & Topics

The workshop will develop an agenda for EP4LA-based design of organisational and technical infrastructures based on increasing awareness of the importance of ethical and privacy issues related to big data. This year’s workshop will build on and strengthen the impact of the previous EP4LA workshops and drive the discussion in the direction of actions that could be implemented in educational cultures and technologies. Following the path of data sharing through the different processes of a learning analytics system (learning activity, data collection, data storage and processing, analysing, visualisation, and feedback actions), the objective of the workshop is to give the participants input to build an agenda for ethics and privacy for all these processes. The main goals are to increase knowledge and awareness about ethical and privacy boundaries of learning analytics research and practice, to identify existing theories of trust and privacy, to promote the re-use of best practice solutions on privacy and ethics, to foster the cooperation between different learning analytics research units, and to develop a kind of code of honour for learning analytics research supported by IT-based legal tools.

Topics of interest include but are note limited to

  • Conceptual understanding of privacy in the context of learning analytics
  • Development and Implementations of Codes of Ethics in Education
  • Technical and Organisational Design Implications of Privacy Requirements for Learning Analytics
  • Data ownership
  • Data degradation
  • Anonymisation of data
  • Data Security and Data Governance
  • Data Sharing
  • Danger of linking datasets for privacy
  • Context Integrity
  • Approaches to Informed Consent in the times of Big Data
  • Expected changes to privacy due to Big Data
  • Cross-cultural studies on privacy
  • Transparency (purpose of analysis, raw data access, opt-out etc)
  • Ethical considerations for scaling up learning analytics

Dates & Submission

We welcome the following types of contributions:

  • Short research papers and position papers (up to 4 pages)
  • Full research papers (up to 6 pages)

All submissions must be written in English and must be formatted according to the template http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0. Please, submit your contributions electronically in PDF format via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ep4la2017

At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the workshop. Papers submitted to the workshop will be curated and published as an addendum to a EP4LA workshop report that will be hosted at the www.laceproject.eu website.

Important Dates

  • Extended: 8 July: Full and short research papers submission deadline
  • 15 July: Notification of acceptance
  • 24 July: Camera-ready papers
  • 12 September: EP4LA Work workshop in Tallinn


Maren Scheffel, Hendrik Drachsler, Tore Hoel, Weiqin Chen, Dai Griffiths, Rebecca Ferguson, Doug Clow


For only questions, please contact Maren Scheffel, Open Universiteit, the Netherlands

Maren.Scheffel [@] ou.nl


About Author

Tore Hoel is affiliated with Learning Centre and Library at HiOA, and has been working within the learning technology standardisation community for more than ten years. He is now working on Learning Analytics Interoperability within the LACE project.

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