The Ethics of Learning Analytics in Australian Higher Education: Discussion Paper

Linda Corrin, Gregor Kennedy, Sarah French, Simon Buckingham Shum, Kristy Kitto, Abelardo Pardo, Deborah West, Negin Mirriahi, Cassandra Colvin

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The ever-increasing availability of data about student activities in educational environments presents many opportunities for the improvement of learning and teaching through the use of learning analytics. In applying analytics, there is an obligation that educators and institutions ensure that data and analysis techniques are used appropriately. The range of ethical considerations that educational institutions must face is complex and many institutions are still formulating their approach to ensuring ethical practice in this field.

The purpose of this discussion paper is to explore the key ethical issues regarding the use of learning analytics and to provide guidance on how these might be considered. It has been compiled by a group of learning analytics experts to promote discussion of ethical principles, approaches to learning analytics, and topics that still require further consideration, particularly in the Australian Higher Education context.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Melbourne CSHE
Number of pages32
Place of PublicationMelbourne
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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