Privacy Resources

  • Digital Ethics in Higher Education: 2020 John O’Brien discusses how new technologies, especially those relying on artificial intelligence or data analytics, are exciting but also present ethical challenges that deserve our attention and action. (EDUCAUSE, May 2020)

    Topic(s): Ethics, Technology
    Type: Article
  • Disparities in Students’ Propensity to Consent to Learning Analytics. Use of university students’ educational data for learning analytics has spurred a debate about whether and how to provide students with agency regarding data collection and use. A concern is that students opting out of learning analytics may skew predictive models, in particular if certain student populations disproportionately opt out and biases are unintentionally introduced into predictive models. This study finds that students identifying ethnically as Black were significantly less likely to respond and self-reported lower levels of institutional trust. Female students reported concerns with data collection but were also more comfortable with use of their data by instructors for learning engagement purposes. Students’ comments corroborate these findings and suggest that agency alone is insufficient; institutional leaders and instructors also play a large role in alleviating the issue of bias.

    Warren Li, Kaiwen Sun, Florian Schaub & Christopher Brooks; International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education (2021)

    Topic(s): Learning Analytics
    Type: Article
  • Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics. A 2012 U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology issue brief intended to help policymakers and administrators understand how analytics and data mining have been—and can be—applied for educational improvement.

    Topic(s): Learning Analytics, Privacy Professionals, Technology
    Type: Article
  • Ethics, Big Data, and Analytics: A Model for Application. The use of big data and analytics to predict student success presents unique ethical questions for higher education administrators relating to the nature of knowledge; in education, "to know" entails an obligation to act on behalf of the student. The Potter Box framework can help administrators address these questions and provide a framework for action. (EDUCAUSE 2013)

    Topic(s): Ethics, Learning Analytics, Privacy Professionals, Technology
    Type: Article
  • From Ancient to Modern: The Changing Face of Personal Data. A look at privacy from ancient to modern times by Cherri-Ann Beckles. (IAPP Privacy Perspectives, April 2017).

    Topic(s): History
    Type: Video
  • The Future of Privacy Forum brings together industry, academics, consumer advocates, and other thought leaders to explore the challenges posed by technological innovation and develop privacy protections, ethical norms, and workable business practices.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, Ethics, International Laws, Privacy Professionals, Privacy Protection, Technology, U.S. Laws
    Type: Website
  • How Americans see digital privacy issues amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The Pew Research Center has surveyed Americans on their views related to privacy, personal data and digital surveillance related to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, Online Privacy
    Type: Article
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). The IAPP is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit organization that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession globally.

    Topic(s): Privacy Professionals
    Type: Website
  • Learning analytics in a nutshell. This short video from the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) provides an introduction to learning analytics.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, Learning Analytics
    Type: Video
  • Library Privacy Checklist and Guidelines for Vendors. The American Library Association (ALA) has developed a Privacy Checklist for Vendors intended to help libraries and vendors of all capacities. It takes practical steps to implement the principles that are laid out in the Library Privacy Guidelines for Vendors.

    Topic(s): Privacy Professionals, Privacy Protection, Technology
    Type: Website