Student and staff data: use of data analytics and machine learning

Jen Persson made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to University of Bedfordshire as part of a batch sent to 60 authorities

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Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear University of Bedfordshire,

I am making a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

Please can you provide information pertaining to any data analytics software used by the university using personal data about your students and staff, since 2012.

1a). Whether you are using any data analytics software at all:
1b) if so, which ones?
1c) what date this data analytics processing began?
1d) indicate whether in the past and ended, or still in current use

2a). Any predictive analytics software such as used in but not only, Blackboard, Xray and JISC supported Civitas.
2b) if so, which ones?
2c) what date this analytics processing began for predictive purposes?

3. If the answer to Q1a or Q2a is yes, please provide a copy of any contract terms on using the data by the provider company including
a) the data items feedling analytics, any profiling, and/or used in prediction
b) what the prediction purposes / aims are
c) training the software (such as AI and machine learning) by the provider using the data provided via your organisation.

4. Whether the University is using its own student or staff population data for machine learning for purposes not included in 1-3 above? (ie but not only, within the university computing department for any project or with another third-party)

5. From which time periods were the student or staff data collected which are processed in any of the above (ie not only, retrospective student data from the last ten years / only current intake which began in autumn term 2018)?

6. How many people/user accounts have access to the whole population student data in any of the above in this calendar year?

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,

Jen Persson

Legal Office, University of Bedfordshire

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University of Bedfordshire

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Please find attached the University of Bedfordshire’s response to your
request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

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Dear Legal Office,
thank you for response to the FOI request. You reply that there is not any use any data analytics software.

Please may I ask you to review the response, because the university website says the University uses Blackboard, among several other tools which can include data analytics in the learning platforms:

Online: Blackboard, Pebble+, Turnitin, Blackboard Mobile, Collaborate, Equella, Bristol Online Surveys.

In-Class: Keepad Clickers with Turning Point, Panopto-Unison, SMS Text with ConnectText and TextWall, SmartBoards.

With reference to: https://www.beds.ac.uk/cle/learning-tech...

Many thanks.
Sincerely,
Jen Persson

Legal Office, University of Bedfordshire

We acknowledge receipt of your email.

 

If your query relates to a Freedom of Information Request we will
endeavour to respond to your request within 20 working days pursuant to
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

If your query relates to a Subject Access Request we will endeavour to
respond to your request within 30 calendar days pursuant to the Data
Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation.

Please note that the University is closed from Monday 24^th December 2018
to and including Tuesday 1^st January 2019. This time period will not be
counted towards the deadline for response to FOIs and SARs .

   

Kind Regards 

Legal Office

 

University of Bedfordshire

Legal Office, University of Bedfordshire

2 Atodiad

Good afternoon,

 

Please find attached the University of Bedfordshire’s response to your
request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Kind Regards

 

Legal Office

University of Bedfordshire

 

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