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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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Balancing Student Privacy, Campus Security, and Public Safety: Issues for Campus Leaders

May 11, 2017 | American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Balancing Student Privacy, Campus Security, and Public Safety: Issues for Campus Leaders

The purpose of this paper is twofold: to provide background information on student privacy and campus security, and to review best practices that college and university leaders may consider to help ensure that a system is in place to simultaneously maximize an open community and manage public safety preparedness and responsiveness. It is also intended […]

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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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Privacy In the Age of Analytics

May 11, 2017 | Coalition for Networked Information

Privacy In the Age of Analytics

The move to digital information systems has allowed student data to become more visible and centralized. Technological mediation has also brought a range of third parties into data collection and analysis processes.  Often data is being collected and retained without the knowledge of the individuals whose data and activities are being tracked. This report discusses […]

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When Students Become Patients, Privacy Suffers

May 11, 2017 | ProPublica

When Students Become Patients, Privacy Suffers

This article explains that university students have less privacy for their campus health records than they would have if they sought care off campus, and offers the school’s perspective that they are trying to seek the right balance between privacy and safety.

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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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Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining: Towards Communication and Collaboration

May 9, 2017 | Columbia University

Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining: Towards Communication and Collaboration

Growing interest in data and analytics in education, teaching, and learning raises the priority for increased, high-quality research into the models, methods, technologies, and impact of analytics. Two research communities – Educational Data Mining (EDM) and Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) have developed separately to address this need. This paper argues for increased and formal […]

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Is Privacy a Show-stopper for Learning Analytics?

May 9, 2017 | Learning Analytics Community Exchange

Is Privacy a Show-stopper for Learning Analytics?

This review paper considers the dangers that might be raised by learning analytics. It then explores the ethical perspectives on privacy and data which are relevant to these dangers. Finally it presents and discusses a number of current proposals from institutions which propose ways of addressing privacy problems in learning analytics.

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