Research

I seek to understand and critically assess Big Data analytics technologies–like learning analytics–which higher education institutions are beginning to implement. Learning analytics uses significant stores of private student information along with near real-time behavioral data to describe, predict, and effect improved learning outcomes, in addition to improving institutional efficiencies and effectiveness. I am particularly interested in the emerging student information privacy issues.

Student privacy research, such as mine, is important, because socio-technical arrangements often disenfranchise students of their privacy and rights thereof for the gain of the institution and other actors. Powerful, connected, and wealthy actors are pushing a learning analytics agenda with little effort to constructively address emerging student privacy problems. Work by myself and others in the area add to the scholarly conversation about student privacy by infusing current technological momentum with substantive discussion about important ethical, social, and technological problems.

Recently Published Work

Jones, K. M. L., Stephens, M., Branch-Mueller, J. L., & de Groot, J. (Forthcoming). Community of practice or affinity space: A case study of a professional development MOOC. Education for Information. [Peer reviewed]

Rubel, A. & Jones, K. M. L. (Forthcoming). Student privacy in learning analytics: An information ethics perspective. The Information Society. Available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2533704 [Peer reviewed]

Stephens, M., & Jones, K. M. L. (2014). MOOCs as LIS professional development platforms: Evaluating and refining SJSU’s first not-for-credit MOOC. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 55(4), 345–361. [Peer-reviewed]

Branch-Mueller, J. L., de Groot, J., Stephens, M., Jones, K., Salerno, K., & Orobio, K. (2014). The promise of MOOCs: Communities of practice and affinity spaces to support life-long learning for teacher-librarians. Proceedings of the International Association of School Librarianship 43rd Annual Conference, Russia. [Peer-reviewed]

Jones, K. M. L., Thomson, J. C., Jr., Arnold, K. E. (2014). Questions of data ownership on campus. EDUCAUSE Review. Accessible online at http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/questions-data-ownership-campus

 

Recent Presentations

Jones, K. M. L. (upcoming, 2016). Lacking control: Learning analytics and student privacy. Juried paper accepted for the annual meeting of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Boston, MA.

Jones, K. M. L. (upcoming, 2015). To construct or dismantle the surveillant assemblage: Big Data and learning analytics in higher education. Panel presentation abstract accepted for the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Denver, CO.

Stephens, M., & Jones, K. M. L. (2014). Emerging roles: Key insights from librarians in a massive open online course. Paper presented at the 16th Distance Library Services Conference, Denver, CO.

Jones, K. M. L., & Rubel, A. (2014). What’s the place of privacy in learning analytics? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Philadelphia, PA.

Stephens, M., Jones, K. M. L., Branch-Mueller, J. L., & de Groot, J. (2014). New landscapes: Exploring MOOCs as LIS and Professional Development Spaces. Juried panel presentation presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Philadelphia, PA.

Stephens, M., & Jones, K. M. L. (2014). MOOCs as LIS professional development platforms: Evaluating and refining SJSU’s first not-for-credit MOOC. Juried paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Philadelphia, PA.

Jones, K. M. L. (2013). Interpreting FERPA: Issues of student privacy and new boundaries of student data. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), Philadelphia, PA.

Jones, K. M. L. (2013). Student privacy in context. Paper presented at Communications Crossroads, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.

Stephens, M., & Jones, K. M. L. (2013). Beyond the walled garden: Distance LIS education in an era of participatory culture. Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Seattle, WA.

Jones, K. M. L. (2012). A right to pry: Justifying the use of private student data for learning analytics. Paper presented at InfoSocial: A media, technology, & society conference, Evanston, IL.