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Applying learning analytics to smart learning — ethics and policy

Hack, Catherine (2015) Applying learning analytics to smart learning — ethics and policy. In: Smart Learning: Teaching and elarning with smartphones and tablets in post compulsory education. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, pp. 57-62. ISBN 978-1843873839 [Book section]

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As the concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) gains traction across the higher education sector there is a growing need to evidence the impact of deploying mobile devices; this can be difficult when many of the intended benefits can be intangible. As learning analytics become both more sophisticated and user friendly, the possibility for teachers to track and interrogate the complete student online learning experience – ‘click-by-click’ or ‘tap-by-tap’ is now a reality. Research and scholarship in this changing learning landscape can involve the analysis of private and public student data from institutional and open resources. Whilst this can be deeply informative and have positive impacts for developing more effective and personalised learning experiences, it raises important ethical issues of trust, privacy and autonomy. This thought piece considers these principles in the context of current institutional policies and calls for more transparency to support practitioners in negotiating this legal and ethical minefield.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:ethics, learning analytics
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
ID Code:31702
Deposited By: Dr Catherine Hack
Deposited On:27 May 2015 15:45
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:18

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