Ethical issues and learning analytics: Are academic library practitioners prepared?

Kyle M.L. Jones, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

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Academic libraries are participating in the collection and analysis of student data. Under the umbrella of learning analytics, these practices are directed toward developing an understanding of how libraries contribute to student learning, the educational experience, and efficient operations of academic institutions. Learning analytics, however, is loaded with ethical issues, which are made more complex by the high ethical bar library practitioners espouse as part of their professional values. This article discusses findings from a survey of academic library practitioners. The survey identifies what ethical issues practitioners associate with learning analytics and the degree to which they are prepared to address such issues. The discussion suggests pathways forward for filling knowledge and practice gaps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102621
JournalJournal of Academic Librarianship
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023


  • Academic libraries
  • Higher education
  • Learning analytics
  • Research methods
  • Student privacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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