Other Resources for Big Data

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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The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

May 11, 2017 | New America

The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

In ‘The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education: A Landscape Analysis,’ authors Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer describe how predictive analytics are used in higher education to identify students who need extra support, steer students in courses they will do well in, and provide digital tools that can customize the learning process […]

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Predictive Analytics in Higher Education: Five Guiding Practices for Ethical Use

May 11, 2017 | New America

Predictive Analytics in Higher Education: Five Guiding Practices for Ethical Use

This report discusses the use of data in higher education, which are primarily used in the following ways: • Early-Alert Systems. In an early-alert system, flags are triggered based on academic and nonacademic data from students that signal when they may need additional support. Academic interventions may include tutoring, meetings with an adviser, or assigning a […]

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Big Data in the Campus Landscape

May 11, 2017 | EDUCAUSE

Big Data in the Campus Landscape

This paper is a publication of the ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure (ECAR-CCI) Working Group. It is the third paper in a four-part series focusing on Big Data in the Campus Landscape. ECAR working groups bring together higher education IT leaders to address core technology challenges. Individuals at EDUCAUSE member institutions are invited to collaborate on projects […]

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Student Privacy in Learning Analytics: An Information Ethics Perspective

May 10, 2017 | University of Wisconsin-Madison

Student Privacy in Learning Analytics: An Information Ethics Perspective

Higher education institutions have started using big data analytics tools. By gathering information about students as they navigate information systems, learning analytics employs techniques to understand student behaviors and to improve instructional, curricular, and support resources and learning environments. However, learning analytics presents important moral and policy issues surrounding student privacy. We argue that there […]

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