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 (Chair) – Associate Provost, Teaching & Learning
  • Jennifer Burns – CIO and AVP, Information Technology (ex officio)
  • Laurel Evans – Director, Research Ethics, Office of Research Ethics
  • Paul Hancock – Legal Counsel, Information and Privacy, Office of the University Counsel
  • Nancy Heckman – Professor and Head, Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science
  • Christina Hendricks – Academic Director, The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (ex officio)
  • 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
  • Kate Ross – Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar
  • Marianne Schroeder – Senior Associate Director, Teaching and Learning Technologies, CTLT (ex offico)
  • Jackson Traplin – Student Research Assistant, Okanagan Planning and Institutional Research

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.

2018 Agenda Items

February 2018:

  • Presentation: Student privacy issues and rights, by Paul Hancock, Legal Counsel, Information and Privacy
  • Review and discussion of case study examples

April 2018:

  • Presentation: Update on University Data Governance Committee
  • Review revised “Data Access and Use – working assumptions” document
  • Review draft Data Access Ethics Review process

May 2018

  • Review revised “Access to Learning Data for evaluation and enhancement” document
  • Discuss Data Access and Use communications strategy

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:

  • Review of revised Purpose and Principles document
  • Review of prototype scenarios to surface data, security and privacy implications