Guest Editorial: Ethics and Privacy in Learning Analytics

Rebecca Ferguson, Tore Hoel, Maren Scheffel, Hendrik Drachsler

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    The European Learning Analytics Community Exchange (LACE) project is responsible for an ongoing series of workshops on ethics and privacy in learning analytics (EP4LA), which have been responsible for driving and transforming activity in these areas. Some of this activity has been brought together with other work in the papers that make up this special issue. These papers cover the creation and development of ethical frameworks, as well as tools and approaches that can be used to address issues of ethics and privacy. This editorial suggests that it is worth taking time to consider the often interwoven issues of ethics, data protection, and privacy separately. The challenges mentioned within the special issue are summarized in a table of 22 challenges used to identify the values that underpin work in this area. Nine ethical goals are suggested as the editors’ interpretation of the unstated values that lie behind the challenges raised in this paper.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5-15
    JournalJournal of Learning Analytics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • data protection
    • ethics
    • privacy
    • values
    • LACE


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