On October 6th, Leah gave a short presentation on key themes and ethical issues identified by the authors of this paper..
Slade, S., & Prinsloo, P. (2013). Learning analytics: Ethical issues and dilemmas. American Behavioral Scientist, 57(10), 1510-1529. doi:10.1177/000276421347936
…and we had a healthy discussion about data ethics for a learning analytics era.
It’s a complex and multidimensional area, but some universities have already made good headway in developing policy and ethical guidelines:
See for example:
Ethical use of Student Data for Learning Analytics Policy (UK Open University)
Code of practice for learning analytics