Assistant Professor Kyle Jones was recently awarded the Association for Library and Information Science Education’s (ALISE) Research Grant Competition. Dr. Jones was the only applicant to receive the $5,000 award, which will support his research into academic libraries and their participation in learning analytics practices.
Here’s more about the project from his application:
Academic libraries are increasingly tracking students’ intellectual behaviors and using learning analytics technologies. However, data mining user behaviors are morally questionable due to longstanding commitments to the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics. The grant will support an interview-based, constructivist grounded theory study into the internal and external factors motivating academic librarians to participate in learning analytics, as well as the associated intellectual freedom and privacy issues emerging when they do so.
Congratulations Dr. Jones!