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The research project will conduct a student-centered, three-year research agenda into student perspectives of privacy issues associated with academic library participation in learning analytics (LA) initiatives.

Learning analytics (LA) is the “measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of [student and other data] for the purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.”1 Libraries are pursuing LA insights to evaluate the impact of library services, collections, and spaces on student learning. The success of LA depends in part on an institution’s ability to connect campus information systems—including those under the purview of libraries—to aggregate and analyze student data. But as institutions continue to surface granular data and information about student life, the risk to student privacy grows. It is unclear what rights to students have in relation to the data, and there is little evidence regarding student perceptions of LA—especially when libraries are involved.

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  1. Siemens, G. (2012). Learning analytics: Envisioning a research discipline and a domain of practice. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, USA, 4–8. doi: 10.1145/2330601.2330605