“Everybody’s talking about Big Data and Learning Analytics, but if you don’t solve privacy first it is going to be killed before it has really started.” These are the words of Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium (NMC), known for their Horizon Trend Reports about the latest trends in educational technology worldwide.
I spoke to Larry just before this summer, a couple of weeks after InBloom, an American platform for central exchange of educational data, announced its closure after heavy protests of parents concerned about student privacy.
Privacy and learning analytics
At Kennisnet we are investigating the possibilities for education to benefit from learning analytics without sacrificing privacy. In line with the new EU Regulation on data protection we choose for Privacy by Design principles as a starting point. Next, we use the open User Managed Access (UMA) standard The student, or parent for underage students, has a central place and is the owner of his own educational data.
Instead of raising the privacy issue by fear, pointing out potential risks, we visualized a possible solution for future management of access to data by students. We designed a mock-up that naturally raises questions about the current way of dealing with data in education. An online dashboard offers transparency about which data is being collected in the process of learning and for what purpose at any time and place. The student or parent can decide for himself who has access to which data and for how long, see also the screenshots in the Slideshare presentation shown below.
Vote for this concept at SXSWedu!
We also like to present this concept at the SXSWedu 2015 conference, see the pitch below. But this is only possible if we get enough votes, so please help us out and vote for us here (before September the 5th!)!