In 2016, Newman University began working with JISC to develop their Learning Analytics architecture, seeking to draw data together from a range of institutional sources to map the digital footprints of students. Within the framework of our student partnership programme, two student-led focus groups were conducted with a range of Newman university students, to gather and explore student perspectives on using their data in such a way.
Overall, analysis of these focus group discussions suggested that students expected the University to make use of such data and were comfortable with the idea. However, they provided three key recommendations for the University to consider.
The need to:
Build a clear informed consent process.
Maintain the personal touch that is a feature of Newman.
Ensure that data collection and use is transparent.
Run student-led focus groups on proposed use of institutional data with a range of students across institutional programmes
Student lead to provide feedback to the University project steering group on student perspectives on institutional use of digital engagement data
Support institutional direction and decision-making in relation to utilising digital student engagement data to support student learning