Towards value-sensitive learning analytics design

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To support ethical considerations and system integrity in learning analytics, this paper introduces two cases of applying the Value Sensitive Design methodology to learning analytics design. The first study applied two methods of Value Sensitive Design, namely stakeholder analysis and value analysis, to a conceptual investigation of an existing learning analytics tool. This investigation uncovered a number of values and value tensions, leading to design trade-offs to be considered in future tool refinements. The second study holistically applied Value Sensitive Design to the design of a recommendation system for the Wikipedia WikiProjects. To proactively consider values among stakeholders, we derived a multi-stage design process that included literature analysis, empirical investigations, prototype development, community engagement, iterative testing and refinement, and continuous evaluation. By reporting on these two cases, this paper responds to a need of practical means to support ethical considerations and human values in learning analytics systems. These two cases demonstrate that Value Sensitive Design could be a viable approach for balancing a wide range of human values, which tend to encompass and surpass ethical issues, in learning analytics design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge
Subtitle of host publicationLearning Analytics to Promote Inclusion and Success, LAK 2019
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450362566
StatePublished - Mar 4 2019
Event9th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, LAK 2019 - Tempe, United States
Duration: Mar 4 2019Mar 8 2019

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference9th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, LAK 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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  • Data ethics
  • Learning analytics
  • Social media
  • Value sensitive design
  • Values


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