Fairness in Predictive Learning Analytics: A Case Study in Online STEM Education

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In this study, we investigate the fairness of predictive models in online courses. Our focus is on STEM courses and the prediction of underperforming students. The analysis of the model's fairness is dedicated to students' protected information: gender and age. The Open University Learning Analytics Dataset is selected for this study and two moments of prediction were created for the predictive models: before the midterm and two weeks before the final. The fairness of prediction models is assessed under three conditions: 1) models incorporating students' demographics and interactions with the virtual learning environment, 2) models relying solely on students' interactions with the online learning environment, and 3) models with imposed constraints on age and gender. The results show that hiding students' protected information lowers the fairness of the models. Contrary to that, using these protected attributes to enforce constraints improved fairness while still having good overall accuracy.

Originele taal-2English
Titel2023 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)
Aantal pagina's5
StatusPublished - 2023
Evenement2023 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) -
Duur: 18 okt 202321 okt 2023

Publicatie series

NaamProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN van geprinte versie1539-4565


Conference2023 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)

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