Learning Analytics

26 July 2019 at 3:47pm
Following on from my previous blog post on the possible uses of wellbeing analytics, we'd very much welcome comments on this latest draft of our Code of Practice. Note that this includes the maximum safeguards from all legal bases that seem likely to apply, so even if our continuing investigations conclude that some of those bases are not appropriate, the Code's recommendations are unlikely to change significantly.
3 May 2019 at 10:16am
While colleagues are looking at whether data can be used to pick up early signs of mental health and wellbeing problems, I'm exploring possible legal frameworks for doing that safely. As the diagram shows, trying to deliver an early warning service to all students falls into a gap between three reasonably familiar areas of data protection law:
11 February 2019 at 8:02pm
In a workshop at last week's AMOSSHE conference, we discussed how wellbeing analytics might be able to assist existing Student Support services.
7 February 2019 at 2:35pm
Earlier this week I did a presentation to a group from Dutch Universities on the ethics work that Jisc has done alongside its studies, pilots and services on the use of data.
12 December 2018 at 1:34pm
With the GDPR having now been in force for more than six months, my talk at this week's EUNIS workshop looked at some of the less familiar corners of the GDPR map. In particular, since EUNIS provided an international audience, I was looking for opportunities to find common, or at least compatible, approaches across the international endeavours of education and research. Topics covered: What is a University? Network and Information Security; Research; Learning Analytics; Intelligent Campus; and Wellbeing.
27 September 2018 at 7:16am
An interesting observation made by a Dutch colleague earlier this week. The arrows in my standard model of learning analytics (here rearranged and recoloured to match the "swimlane" visualisation of the learning process) all mark "gatekeeper" points where information flow is filtered and reduced.
17 August 2018 at 11:28am
Recently I've been presenting our suggested legal framework for learning analytics to audiences involved in teaching, rather than legal people. For that I've been trying out a different visualisation, which considers the teaching process as involving three layers:
15 June 2018 at 2:41pm
Since there was a lot of interest in my keynote presentation at the EUNIS 2018 conference last week, this post collects together the slides and the blog posts that provide further analysis and discussion of the ideas:
31 May 2018 at 11:14am
Learning analytics dashboards, like the class mark books that long preceded them, show tutors a lot of information about their students. That could be pretty intrusive, so should universities and colleges be asking students to consent before tutors look at their data?
2 February 2018 at 9:30am
In thinking about the legal arrangements for Jisc's learning analytics services we consciously postponed incorporating medical and other information that Article 9(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) classifies as Special Category Data (SCD): "personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation" (mo
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