Learning analytics has the potential to enable educators and learning designers to gain insights of their learner's needs and to use that understanding to improve the learning experience and provide intervention. Yet collection of student data and to use said data to predict their performance and influence their learning behaviors come with a number of ethical challenges, include learner privacy, interpretation of data, assumptions and bias in the type of data one collects, anonymization of data, and informed consent.
This month, we are excited to have two outstanding speakers/facilitators to guide the discussions on this very fascinating yet thorny topic.
1. Nima Boscarino (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nima-boscarino/) is a web development instructor at Lighthouse Labs and Canada Learning Codes. He runs a digital ethics group and is passionate about educating people on the importance of digital ethics literacy. Nima runs a website on digital ethics issues called Ethical YVR - https://ethicalyvr.tech/
2. Alec Balasescu (https://www.alecbalasescu.com/) is an anthropologist by training, Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine. He lived an worked in 6 different countries, up to now. His research, writing, and practice is centred on understanding of human actions in context, and in developing strategies of change based on this - where context is understood to be the result of dynamic interactions between culture, technology, economy, religion, gender and sexuality, and institutional practices.
As usual, we will start at 6 pm. See you there!