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Connecting Libraries and Learning Analytics for Student Success

The Corkboard: “A recent library learning analytics project highlights the wide—if not widening—gap between advocates of the technology and those concerned that the value of student privacy isn’t being fully attended to. The project argues that privacy “hinges” on confidentiality. In this brief post, I will succinctly argue why confidentiality is not privacy, but privacy may include confidentiality. Connecting Libraries and Learning Analytics for Student Success, or CLLASS, is an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded project led by Megan Oakleaf of Syracuse University supported by corporate (OCLC), organizational (IMS Global Learning Consortium, Unizin), and other higher education partners. In the executive summary, the CLLASS report argues that “in alignment with their long-standing commitment to use assessment to understand and facilitate student learning, librarians should explore opportunities to engage with emergent institutional learning analytics tools, systems, and strategies” (p. 6). Among other outcomes, CLLASS developed “a library profile for Caliper, an interoperability standard used to label learning data and provide the means for capturing, presenting, and conveying learning activities to centralized data stores in order to facilitate the analysis, visualization, and increased awareness of student learning behaviors” (p. 7). Other activities and outcomes are described in the report, but I want to use this time to turn the team’s treatment of privacy before offering up a critique…”

WETA Launches New Local Public TV Channel for Washington, D.C. Region

New WETA Channel Features the Best of PBS and Life in the DMV – “WETA President and CEO Sharon Percy Rockefeller announced today a new WETA television channel lineup that includes WETA Metro, offering even more public media programming to viewers in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The WETA television line-up now consists of WETA… Continue Reading

Winners of the 2021 World Press Photo Contest

The Atlantic – “The winning entries of the annual World Press Photo Contest ​have just been announced. This year, according to organizers, 74,470 images were submitted for judging, made by 4,315 photographers from 130 different countries. Winners in eight categories were announced, including Contemporary Issues, Environment, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Portraits, Sports, and Spot… Continue Reading

What the Constitution Means to Me

The New York Times: “Note the last two words in the title of Heidi Schreck’s hit show, “What the Constitution Means to Me”: This is a highly personal take, not a historical or legal lecture. Yet Schreck succeeds in widening her autobiographical play into a paean for basic fairness: The American Constitution, admired as it… Continue Reading

The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Abbott, Ryan Benjamin, The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law (Excerpt) (2020). Cambridge University Press, 2020, Available at SSRN: “AI and people do not compete on a level-playing field. Self-driving vehicles may be safer than human drivers, but laws often penalize such technology. People may provide superior customer service, but businesses are automating… Continue Reading

Reuters puts its website behind a paywall

The New York Times: “Reuters will begin charging for access to its website as it tries to capture a slice of the digital subscription business. The company, one of the largest news organizations in the world, announced the new paywall on Thursday, as well as a redesigned website aimed at a “professional” audience wanting business,… Continue Reading

Reading in the Age of Distrust

Project Information Literacy: “As soon as they begin college, course reading awaits them. Often students will be required to read texts closely, not just to glean important facts and figures, but to arrive at understanding through context, inference, and making connections of their own.For college students in America today, these reading competencies are not only… Continue Reading

Substack and Legal Publishing

Lexblog: “Can the new email newsletter publishing platform, Substack make inroads into the legal publishing arena? When the New York Time’s Ben Smith reports this morning that Danny Lavery, the publisher of a blog and newsletter, just signed a two year, $430,000 contract with Substack and that his wife, Grace Lavery, a professor at UC-Berkeley, who edits another… Continue Reading