Learning with data (and respecting privacy)
We were fortunate last week to be mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times as an example of an education service leading the way with regards to data. It is worth explaining why the use of data from LearningField has been interesting to schools and how we balance this with privacy concerns.
Digital services produce data that allows an understanding of interactions in a way not previously practical. This can aid the school, teacher or student in using a service. We track a number of these interactions within LearningField. For example, a physical book couldn’t tell you when it last read but at LearningField we do know this information. While we can’t currently tell if a student has understood the content, just knowing if a student has engaged with their textbook gives teachers another tool in the classroom. Of course, an understanding of whether content has been read and the degree to which it has been engaged with is only a part of a much larger puzzle, but it is a type of data most schools haven’t had access to before. Providing this in a simple to understand view is why schools have been interested in our Insight Reporting.
LearningField schools now have an administrator’s view in the Insight Reporting Dashboard we launched in Term 2. This gives schools a view on how the school’s teachers and students are using LearningField and can be very useful to administrators: allowing them to troubleshoot issues and run reports.
We don’t feel it is constructive to label this as a “Big Brother” approach but see it as another set of data to be used within schools. For example, a typical school Learning Management System has different, but equally powerful, information that is analyses to support administrators and teachers. Through our Insight Reporting we are looking to provide better insight to schools about their use of their texts and related resources, while constantly respecting privacy. As we continue to work on this new feature for schools we would love your feedback, as always.
You can see the Sydney Morning Herald article below: