Adrift in Big Data and learner analytics: An exploratory study of a nascent data governance board

Session Description
In a world of Big Data, today’s higher educational institutions are charged with not only protecting the data of their students, faculty and staff but also to ethically manage access and use of data. At the same time, higher education is experiencing the effects of disruptive innovation caused by technology that has allowed data to be accessed and interpreted by nonconsumers, those who traditionally did not have self service access to data prior to new student information systems and learning management systems. This ethnographic study explores the culture of a nascent data governance board at an online consortium in the United States. Data was collected using document analysis, interviews, and a focus group. Once collected the data was analyzed using a two cycle coding method to determine categories, patterns and themes. The results of this study provide insight for those considering starting a data governance, the common concerns or anxieties when it comes to disruptive innovation, and provides considerations for future research on the disruptive innovation in education.
Chris Luchs
Chris Luchs, Colorado Community College System, Denver, CO, USA
Chris Luchs is a Community College Leadership PhD student at Old Dominion University. He has over twelve years of experience teaching online and f2f at the community college level. His areas of instruction are Business, Accounting, and Multimedia and Graphic Design. In addition to formal college instruction, Chris has a passion for investigating new technologies and collaborating internationally with other educators on evaluating and exploring virtual worlds and games based educational applications. His current happy places are analytics, data visualization tools, and reading LitRPG.
Kae Novak
Kae Novak, Front Range Community College, Westminster, CO, USA
Kae Novak is an Instructional Designer for a Colorado community college and is a doctoral student at the University of Colorado – Denver. She collaborates with ISTE Games and Simulations Network educators to offer a Just-In-Time series, called “Rapid Responses” whenever they find it necessary to discuss or fact check current events. In her spare time, she leads and facilitates the Metagame Book Club which combines the reading of fiction, game play and education research.
Novice, Intermediate

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