When learning analytics violate student privacy

With education technologies increasingly using analytics to measure and assess student learning, there is a lot of data flying around on higher education campuses. How are institutions establishing principles and polices around the responsible use of that data? So far, few have published clear definitions of learning data or guidelines for how students’ data can be used or shared.

One exception is the University of California system, which has created a team to develop UC learning data privacy principles and recommended best practices for its campuses. The issues being addressed involve both student consent as well as university contractual relationships with third-party vendors.

“Higher education institutions are beginning to realize that students’ learning data is everywhere — it is in vendors’ platforms, and we don’t necessarily own it,” said Mary-Ellen Kreher, director of course design and development for the Innovative Learning Technology Initiative at the UC Office of the President. “At UC, we began to recognize a few years ago that this was becoming a problem.”

[ Read the full article at Campus Technology. ]

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