The Prioritizing Privacy training curriculum will be designed for both in-person and online delivery and will be delivered in both modes. See the sections below for more information.

The Online Course

The online training will be offered as a structured, multi-week online course, which will be offered eight times with enrollments of up to 25 participants per section. Six sections have been taught as of May 2022.

The baseline requirement to apply to participate in the online training will be having an interest in academic libraries and learning analytics and an interest in privacy and other ethical considerations in learning analytics. In selecting participants, the goal will be to include those with a range of experiences with learning analytics (none, developing, and extensive). There will be no “litmus test” for whether an applicant is already committed to any particular approach to privacy and other ethical considerations. Consideration will also be given to geographic, career stage, and participant diversity.

Course Structure

The course consists of six modules:

  1. Getting Situated
  2. Learning Analytics in Higher Education and Opportunities for Libraries
  3. Learning Analytics and the Privacy “Problem”
  4. Critical Lenses on Learning Analytics
  5. Ethics in Action
  6. Planning for Prioritizing Privacy

Each module and assessments or activities are mapped to the following course-level learning outcomes:

  • Describe the social, political, and technological elements of learning analytics in higher education, generally, and academic libraries, specifically.
  • Distinguish between theoretical aspects of information privacy and their connection to learning analytics.
  • Critique existing learning analytics principles, policies, practices, and recommendations and the ways in which they may create privacy harms.
  • Adjust a learning analytics practice to strategically minimize privacy harms and maximize specific benefits.
  • Plan for ethical and evidence-based library learning analytics projects that are based in privacy by design.
  • Develop a learning plan for continuing professional development regarding learning analytics, information privacy, and ethical practice.

The Workshops

A minimum of eight in-person workshops will be offered at relevant library conferences or as stand-alone events. Libraries or associations wishing to host these workshops will be solicited through an expression of interest call. Hosts and locations for the workshop will be selected to ensure geographic and participant diversity. The Advisory Board will provide input on the selection process. Enrollment in each workshop will be capped at 25 participants to ensure a productive training environment that includes attention to individual learner needs. Hosts will be responsible for recruiting individual participants in the workshop and arranging for registration, training space, and other logistical considerations.

As of May 2022, the following workshops have been taught:

Hinchliffe, L. J., & Jones, K. M. L. (2022, May). Privacy and learning analytics: Considerations in assessment skills, knowledge, and values for prioritizing privacy in library learning analytics [Interactive workshop]. LOEX Conference, Ypsilanti, MI.