Tore Hoel and Chen
Privacy control of data and trust essential to learning analytics. What are the implications for LA design of setbacks in learning analytics/privacy issues? Who owns the data? LACE suggests we give parents and students control of their own data…? Will this solve the privacy problem? Privacy is recognised but only superficially so, mostly seen as a barrier that should be overcome. Issues defined by Nissenbaum are contextual integrity, informational norm, actors, information types, transmission principles, contexts (tech, business practice, social domain). Where are the boundaries between formal agreed study and what goes on in the private space? Hoel suggest that socio cultural barriers to sharing data more important than legal barriers.
Should we be asking whether any application of learning analytics would pass a public deliberation on the appropriate use of the data? Good question. Societal approval is key…. Eg the InBloom collapse failed due to public perceptions around the trust issues rather than the application per se. Hoel suggests any LA application should have privacy aspects designed in at the start as an integral part of the solution/approach. Bit.ly/lashare