The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Learning Analytics, SPEC Kit 360, which examines current practices, policies, and ethical issues around libraries and learning analytics. This SPEC Kit explores how ARL member institutions are navigating the balance between gathering and managing data in support of learning analytics initiatives and attending to the profession’s ethics commitments. To these ends, the publication seeks to answer these broad questions:
- How are research libraries planning for, adopting, and participating in learning analytics initiatives?
- What mechanisms do they use to maintain data security and privacy?
- What ethical issues do they encounter when participating in learning analytics initiatives?
- How do they negotiate and resolve those issues?
This SPEC Kit includes examples of library privacy statements and policies, institutional privacy policies, and data security policies.
SPEC Kit 360, Learning Analytics
Michael R. Perry, Kristin A. Briney, Abigail Goben, Andrew Asher, Kyle M. L. Jones, M. Brooke Robertshaw, and Dorothea Salo
September 2018 • 158 pp.
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