Learning Data Committee

Part of the Learning Analytics project, the Learning Data Committee is a high-level academic committee charged with discussing and proposing institutional principles, policy, and practice with respect to learning data. The committee advises the Learning Technology Leadership Team. It engages with some of the “big issues” around collection and use of learning data and liaises with various other groups and committees across campus to operationalize these.

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Current Members

    • Simon Bates – Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning (ex officio)
    • Hugh Brock (Chair) – Associate Provost, Academic Innovation
    • Jennifer Burns – CIO and AVP, Information Technology (ex officio)
    • Laurel Evans – Director, Research Ethics, Office of Research Ethics
    • Nancy Heckman – Professor and Head, Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science
    • Marcela Hernandez – Chief Data Officer, Office of the CIO
    • Max Holmes – VP Academic and University Affairs, AMS
    • Patricia Lasserre – Associate Provost, Enrolment & Academic Programs (Okanagan) and Chair, Learning Analytics Project Steering Committee
    • Stephanie McKeown – Director, Okanagan Planning and Institutional Research
    • Jenna Omassi – Advisor, Strategic Support Team, Office of the VP Students
    • Kate Ross – Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar
    • Marianne Schroeder – Senior Associate Director, Teaching and Learning Technologies, CTLT (ex offico)
    • Chelsea Thompson – Legal Counsel, University Counsel

    Non-voting Attendee


    Draft Terms of Reference

    The Learning Data Committee plays a lead roles in articulating UBC’s approach to the use of student data to support and enhance learning, though:

    • Close collaboration with the institutional Data Governance Initiative, as well as dialogue with campus stakeholder groups (e.g. including student leaders, Senate committees, Office of Research Ethics, etc).
    • Development, consultation and proposal of principles, policies and procedures surrounding the use of student data to enhance learning.
    • Establishing an approach to guide the ethical use of student learning data for academic research purposes.

    The Learning Data Committee will have a particular focus on:

    • Transparency and open communication of the roles, rights and responsibilities of all stakeholders in this area of activity.
    • Ways in which students can be engaged as active agents in development of the policies and procedures surrounding use of learning data.
    • Regular communication and exchange with the Steering Committee.
    • Determining how and by whom aggregate data collected from a range of sources may be accessed and analyzed.

    2017 Agenda Items

    May 2017:

    • Overview of Project presentation
    • Discuss draft Terms of Reference
    • Review principles to guide work of the Committee

    October 2017:

    • Learning Analytics Project: Update on faculty pilots and technical working groups
    • Review and discuss draft Purpose and Principles document

    November 2017:

    • coming soon