Ten caveats of learning analytics in health professions education: A consumer’s perspective

ten Cate, Olle; Dahdal, Suzan; Lambert, Thomas; Neubauer, Florian; Pless, Anina; Pohlmann, Philippe Fabian; van Rijen, Harold; Gurtner, Corinne (2020). Ten caveats of learning analytics in health professions education: A consumer’s perspective. Medical teacher, 42(6), pp. 673-678. Informa Healthcare 10.1080/0142159X.2020.1733505

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A group of 22 medical educators from different European countries, gathered in a meeting in Utrecht in July 2019, discussed the topic of learning analytics (LA) in an open conversation and addressed its definition, its purposes and potential risks for learners and teachers. LA was seen as a significant advance with important potential to improve education, but the group felt that potential drawbacks of using LA may yet be under-exposed in the literature. After transcription and interpretation of the discussion's conclusions, a document was drafted and fed back to the group in two rounds to arrive at a series of 10 caveats educators should be aware of when developing and using LA, including too much standardized learning, with undue consequences of over-efficiency and pressure on learners and teachers, and a decrease of the variety of 'valid' learning resources. Learning analytics may misalign with eventual clinical performance and can run the risk of privacy breaches and inescapability of documented failures. These consequences may not happen, but the authors, on behalf of the full group of educators, felt it worth to signal these caveats from a consumers' perspective.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Dermatology, Urology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Osteoporosis (DURN) > Clinic of Nephrology and Hypertension
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Animal Pathology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of General Practice and Primary Care (BIHAM)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education
04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education > Assessment and Evaluation Unit (AAE)

UniBE Contributor:

Dahdal, Suzan; Neubauer, Florian; Pless, Anina and Gurtner, Corinne

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

0142-159X

Publisher:

Informa Healthcare

Language:

English

Submitter:

Eveline Götschmann-Meile

Date Deposited:

13 Mar 2020 19:00

Last Modified:

13 Aug 2020 15:21

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/0142159X.2020.1733505

PubMed ID:

32150499

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.141829

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/141829

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