Ethical analytics

A colleague and fellow student on the LAK12 MOOC course writes about collecting data in Higher Education.

” Is it necessarily a ‘good thing’ to know more about our students than the face that they choose to present? What are the dangers of making assumptions about their current or future behaviour based on what we (think we) know about them? ” at http://odlsharonslade.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/the-ethics-of-learning-analytics/

But what’s the ethics of making assumptions?  Surely the ethics is in what you do with the data?

The recent twitter about mobile phone provider O2 who O2 was sending customers’ mobile phone number with every HTTP req in the headers when on 3G shows what upsets people is first what gets done with their data, then that it gets collected at all.

I’ve more to think here – room for your thoughts too?

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About ELiz H

Researching reflective performance in order to understand the relationship between engagement and performance in STEM videos. Researched engaged relationships between public sector clients and consultants on IT projects, so have research knowledge of public sector, project management, consultants, IT, and use of social media for research

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