Walking the line of predictive analytics in higher education

Marlen Rattiner, Blackboard Blog, May 19, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a column from Blackboard addressing the ethical implications of learning analytics. First, to set the context: "Predictive analytics are not about perfect future outcomes; they are about analyzing historical and current data to project a likely future outcome." In particular, "it allows for sharing of output analytics to enable institutions to act... Implementing predictive analytics comes with a responsibility to define a process for appropriate and timely intervention responses." All fine, but this post elides the question of ownership. Analytics are discussed here exclusively in the institutional context, and without reference to the right of learners to know about and manage the employment and distribution of performance data.
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