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Ethical considerations on using learning analytics in finnish higher education

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AHFE 2020 Virtual Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, July 16-20, 2020, USA
EditorsSalman Nazir, Tareq Ahram, Waldemar Karwowski
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030508951
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences - San Diego, United States
Duration: 16 Jul 202020 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume1211 AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego


Utilization of learning analytics in universities is complex setting and there are several issues on motives, expectations and insights on ethics There is lack of critical literature as the whole topic on learning analytics is still mostly addressed from the perspective of analytics per se. Current literature draws idealistic picture of well-functioning apparatus that supports studying process, enhances learning out-comes and eases the managerial burden and contradictions, even conflicts on utilizing learning analytics are only marginally discussed. The discussion on ethics of using learning analytics is spawns from the different practical and ideological issues regarding learning analytics. Taking the perspectives of privacy, ownership of data, and how studies are managed there are differences on expectations among the students and personnel. The aim of this paper is to examine and discuss the dissonance between expectations and hopes on ethical conduct of learning analytics in Finnish universities. The analysis is based on open ended replies of a survey collected among Finnish university students and staff in spring 2019.


  • Ethics, Higher education, Learning analytics, User expectations

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland