First Principles for Governing Academic Records in the Digital Era
Digital learning environments and data analytics have dramatically expanded what might count as academic records, raising questions about the viability of inherited record systems predicated on paper or paper-equivalent documents and institutionally based verification systems. Engineers and student services professionals at Stanford and worldwide are actively developing academic record systems more appropriate for a digital era. Because academic credentials are increasingly fateful for people’s life chances, all of those who produce and purvey them must do so with careful attention to the privacy and discretion of learners and to the integrity of the human relationships inherent in any instructional process. Our project specifies first principles for the ethical governance of these new technologies.
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- http://ru.stanford.edu: An ongoing web presence publicly released in September 2016, titled “Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Education.” The purpose of this site is to catalyze national/global discussion about how data-driven improvement in higher education can be pursued with high, consistent, and transparent ethical standards.