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The Complexities of Developing a Personal Code of Ethics for Learning Analytics Practitioners: Implications for Institutions and the Field

Lang, Charles; Macfadyen, Leah; Slade, Sharon; Prinsloo, Paul and Sclater, Niall (2018). The Complexities of Developing a Personal Code of Ethics for Learning Analytics Practitioners: Implications for Institutions and the Field. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, ACM, New York, pp. 436–440.

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Abstract

In this paper we explore the potential role, value and utility of a personal code of ethics (COE) for learning analytics practitioners, and in particular we consider whether such a COE might usefully mediate individual actions and choices in relation to a more abstract institutional COE. While several institutional COEs now exist, little attention has been paid to detailing the ethical responsibilities of individual practitioners. To investigate the problems associated with developing and implementing a personal COE, we drafted an LA Practitioner COE based on other professional codes, and invited feedback from a range of learning analytics stakeholders and practitioners: ethicists, students, researchers and technology executives. Three main themes emerged from their reflections: 1. A need to balance real world demands with abstract principles, 2. The limits to individual accountability within the learning analytics space, and 3. The continuing value of debate around an aspirational code of ethics within the field of learning analytics.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 ACM
ISBN: 1-4503-6400-4, 978-1-4503-6400-3
Keywords: code of ethics; professionalization; professional responsibility
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
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Item ID: 53751
Depositing User: Sharon Slade
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 10:59
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 09:33
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53751
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