As the University of South Africa Considers Predictive Analytics, Ethical Hoops Emerge

Manuela Ekowo, EdSurge, Sept 27, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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"In order for the University of South Africa (Unisa)  to use predictive analytics to improve these outcomes though," writes Manuela Ekowo, "the school may first have to jump through some ethical and technical hoops." The tone implies that the hoops are unnecessary, but I don't think ghata was the author's intent. "For example, how can institutions avoid mischaracterizing students with labels such as 'at-risk'." It matters how you define 'at risk'. Here's Angelo Fynn, manager of student success projects: "I don’t share the common view that students are inherently at risk but rather that risk is contextually and historically located."

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