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.

Publications

Refereed

Yoon, A., Jones, K. M. L., & Spotts, L. (forthcoming). Ethical uses of life logging data for research: Perceived value and privacy concerns of wearable camera users.

Jones, K. M. L., & Salo, D. (forthcoming – 2018). Learning analytics and the academic library: Professional ethics commitments at a crossroads. College & Research Libraries.

Jones, K. M. L., & LeClere, E. (forthcoming – 2017). Contextual expectations and emerging informational harms: A primer on academic library participation in learning analytics initiatives. In P. Fernandez & K. Tilton (Eds.), Applying library values to emerging technology: Tips and techniques for advancing within your mission. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Jones, K. M. L. (2017). Learning analytics and its paternalistic influences. In P. Zaphiris & A. Ioannou (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Learning and Collaboration Technologies: Technology in Education (LCT 2017, HCI International 2017) (pp. 281–292). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-58515-4_22

Copeland, A., Jones, K. M. L., & Lipinski, T. (2017). Collecting, organizing, and preserving diverse publication sources for the good of one community archive: Legal challenges and recommendations. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Grey Literature, New York, NY.

Rubel, A., & Jones, K. M. L. (2017). Data analytics in higher education: Key concerns and open questions. University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Jones, K. M. L., Stephens, M., Branch-Mueller, J. L., & de Groot, J. (2016). Community of practice or affinity space: A case study of a professional development MOOC. Education for Information, 32(2016), 101–119.

Rubel, A. & Jones, K. M. L. (2016). Student privacy in learning analytics: An information ethics perspective. The Information Society, 32(2), 143–159.

Stephens, M., & Jones, K. M. L. (2015). Emerging roles: Key insights from librarians in a massive open online course. Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning, 9(1-2), 133–147.

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.

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, Russia, 42–53.

Jones, K. M. L., & Stephens, M. (2012). The LIS professional commons and the online networked practitioner. In B. Crowley (Ed.), Defending professionalism: A resource for librarians, information specialists, knowledge managers, and archivists (pp. 151–162). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Jones, K., & Stephens, M. (2010). Friended, tweeted, posted: Social sharing for project and knowledge management. In T. K. Srikantaiah, M. E. D. Koenig, & S. Hawamdeh (Eds.), Convergence of project management and knowledge management (pp. 231–246). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Non-refereed

Jones, K. M. L., Thomson, J. C., Jr., Arnold, K. E. (2014). Questions of data ownership on campus. EDUCAUSE Review.

Presentations

International

Jones K. M. L. (2017). The paternalism of data-driven educational technologies. Paper presented at HCI International 2017 Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Jones, K. M. L., & Salo, D. (2017). Learning analytics in the library and the emergence of professional ethics conflicts. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Atlanta, GA. Abstract available at: https://alise2017.sched.com/event/92m4/session-43-c-juried-paper-learning-analytics-in-the-library-and-the-emergence-of-professional-ethics-conflicts

Copeland, A., Jones, K. M. L., & Lipinski, T. (2016). Collecting, organizing, and preserving diverse publication sources for the good of one community archive: Legal challenges and recommendations. Paper presented at the 18th International Conference on Grey Literature, New York, NY.

Jones, K. M. L., & Rubel, A. (2016). Policy recommendations for use of learning analytics in higher education. Paper presented at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC), Washington, D.C.

Jones, K. M. L. (2016). Lacking control: Learning analytics and student privacy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Boston, MA. Abstract available at: https://alise2016.sched.org/event/5apN/session-61-a-juried-paper-lacking-control-learning-analytics-and-student-privacy

Jones, K. M. L. (2015). To construct or dismantle the surveillant assemblage: Big Data and learning analytics in higher education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Denver, CO. Abstract available at: http://4sonline.org/ee/files/program_w_abstracts.pdf

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. Abstract available at: https://ali.memberclicks.net/assets/documents/conf_2014/Abstracts/2014%20wip%20posters.pdf

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. 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.

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.

National

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. (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.

Local

Jones, K. M. L. (2017). Learning analytics in higher education. Presentation at IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing’s First Annual Research and Creativity Horizons Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Jones, K. M. L. (2016). All the data we can get: Learning analytics in higher education and issues of student privacy. Guest lecture for Dr. Michelle Kazmer’s graduate-level “Information Policy” course at Florida State University.

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

Jones, K. M. L. (2012). The emergence of learning analytics and privacy concerns in the learning management system. Panel presentation at the SLIS/SOIS Research Forum, Madison, WI.