The inter-university research project Learning Analytics - Students in Focus gave me and my colleagues the opportunity to reflect on the future of learning analytics within the higher education system at the 11th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference 21. Our paper, "Learning Analytics as a Service for Empowered Learners. From Data Subjects to Controllers." was accepted (acceptance rate 31.6%) and recently nominated as one of the top five (out of 29) short papers!!!
In short, under the premise that "informed consent is not possible within the higher education institutions," we propose empowering students by offering learning analytics applications as a voluntary service from universities. This paradigm shift, away from seemingly free consent on the part of students, is intended to increase trustworthiness in these data-intensive and thoroughly intimate analytics methods, thereby serving students and universities alike.
The conference would be held in California in April, but unfortunately a small virus called Corona interfered and so it will be held entirely online. The paper will be made available as open access via ACM after the conference. This paper was my first and even though it was nerve-wracking at times, it was more than worth the effort!