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

Niall Sclater, Sclater Digital, Nov 17, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Summary of a presentation from Hendrik Drachsler - "his call for ethical and privacy issues in the application of learning analytics had produced over 100 issues... put into four categories: privacy, ethics, data and transparency" - and Jan-Jan Lowijs - "described the nine general themes in the Directive which we found a useful way to propose answers to some of the 100 issues that had been submitted." Issues of privacy and security are becoming more prevalent in data analytics, and I'm not sure a policy-based approach will be sufficient to address them. See also: learning analytics using business intelligence systems. And see also: NY Times, Privacy Concerns for ClassDojo and Other Tracking Apps for Schoolchildren



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