Institutional policy frameworks should provide not only an enabling environment for the optimal and ethical harvesting and use of data, but also clarify: who benefits and under what conditions, establish conditions for consent and the deidentification of data, and address issues of vulnerability and harm. A directed content analysis of the policy frameworks of two large distance education institutions shows that current policy frameworks do not facilitate the provision of an enabling environment for learning analytics to fulfil its promise.
: Prinsloo, P, & Slade, Sharon. (2013, 8-12 April). An evaluation of policy frameworks for addressing ethical considerations in learning analytics. Paper presented at the Third International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (LAK13), Leuven, Belgium.