Other Resources for Big Data

The Structural Consequences of Big Data-Driven Education

July 13, 2017 | Elana Zeide

The Structural Consequences of Big Data-Driven Education

Educators and commenters who evaluate big data-driven learning environments focus on specific questions: whether automated education platforms improve learning outcomes, invade student privacy, and promote equality. This article puts aside separate unresolved—and perhaps unresolvable—issues regarding the concrete effects of specific technologies. It instead examines how big data-driven tools alter the structure of schools’ pedagogical decision-making, […]

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Implications of Privacy Concerns for Using Student Data for Research

May 21, 2017 | National Academy of Education

Implications of Privacy Concerns for Using Student Data for Research

The concluding panel of the National Academy of Education (NAEd) workshop on student privacy in education research made an effort to summarize the complex perspectives and issues presented, and to provide overall recommendations to the NAEd for next steps. Panel members’ comments reflected their backgrounds in education research, software design, working with data in large […]

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Lessons Learned from Education Stakeholders: Panel Summary

May 21, 2017 | National Academy of Education

Lessons Learned from Education Stakeholders: Panel Summary

This panel summary from the Workshop on Big Data in Education: Balancing the Benefits of Educational Research and Student Privacy focused on articulating the tensions between the potential for research using big data and the privacy of people whose information make up data sets. The discussions surfaced several major themes; while these themes were not […]

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Forum Guide to Metadata

May 15, 2017 | National Center for Education Statistics

Forum Guide to Metadata

The purpose of this guide is to empower people to more effectively use data as information. To accomplish this, the publication explains what metadata are; why metadata are critical to the development of sound education data systems; what components comprise a metadata system; what value metadata bring to data management and use; and how to […]

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Student Privacy Self-Management: Implications For Learning Analytics

May 12, 2017 | The Open University

Student Privacy Self-Management: Implications For Learning Analytics

This paper explores issues around consent and the seemingly simple choice to allow students to opt-in or opt-out of having their data tracked. We consider how 3 providers of massive open online courses (MOOCs) inform users of how their data is used, and discuss how higher education institutions can work toward an approach which engages […]

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Understanding Information Security and Privacy in Postsecondary Education Data Systems

May 12, 2017 | Educause

Understanding Information Security and Privacy in Postsecondary Education Data Systems

This paper outlines the information security and privacy challenges that exist within the national postsecondary education data infrastructure. It also introduces key language related to information security and privacy in order to provide a common lexicon to frame data protection discussions, describes the general technology architectures considered in the national postsecondary education data infrastructure, summarizes […]

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Educational Privacy in the Online Classroom: FERPA, MOOCs, and the Big Data Conundrum

May 11, 2017 | Harvard Journal of Law & Technology

Educational Privacy in the Online Classroom: FERPA, MOOCs, and the Big Data Conundrum

FERPA is so dated that when confronted with a technology that can collect and use big data, like MOOCs, the statute practically breaks down. This article examines the individual privacy concerns implicated by big data in general, assesses whether the privacy language of FERPA can address big data collection and analysis in the MOOC context, and […]

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