ALT-MEMBER Responses to Jisc Private Consultation on Code of Practice for Learning Analytics

Martin Hawksey, Association for Learning Technology (ALT), May 15, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This short document summarizes three major points from the consultation, recommending (quoted):

  • (a) broad understanding of what is meant by Learning Analytics including teaching and assessment, with consideration for more varied role holders
  • statements around ownership and access to data and analytics within the draft
  • the inclusion of exemplars to illustrate good/bad practice or link to existing resources with illustrate these

As recommendations go, these are pretty bland. The text contains some more concrete (though less representative?) suggestions, for example, that "institutions should also make the algorithms transparent and/or clearly describe the processes involved in producing the analytics," that "The use of 'sensitive data' such as religious affiliation and ethnicity for learning analytics will be restricted and for clearly specified purposes," and that "students should be able to access all learning analytics performed on their data in meaningful, accessible formats."

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