You are invited to participate in a research study by filling the MyCourses survey and including your name. Participation
is entirely voluntary. You do not have to answer the survey, or you can answer
anonymously, in case name is not enclosed your survey answer will not be used
in scientific research.
Please read this Privacy Notice and decide on whether you want to
participate, after reading the information on how your data will be used. Ask
any questions from the course teacher or the Data Protection Officer of Aalto
Allowing use of
student originated data for scientific
research is voluntary. Participation can be
discontinued at any time by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you discontinue participation, you will not be subject to any
negative consequences, but information gathered until the point of withdrawal may
be used in scientific research according to this Privacy Notice. You may also
exercise your rights, as explained below.
Purpose of the research study
The research study aims to
increase understanding of learning using
video lectures. To understand for whom video lectures are most beneficial and
what traits trigger viewing behavior we need to collect and combine data. Part
of the data will be collected using an automated survey assessing both
students’ individual learning styles as well as their motivation to study the
content. In addition to that and for the sake of conducting a scientific
inquiry this data needs to be combined with Aalto entry level test scores and
grade performance during Aalto studies to proxy general and subject specific
capability. Last, data from Panopto, the platform used to show videos,
including views and time spend watching has to combined with the above data. The
results of the research study can and will be used to improve methods of teaching,
exercises and studying.
How data is collected ?
Survey data is collected using MyCourses surveys.
The student will need to identify as part of the survey to enable linking of
all data elements. Once all data elements have been collected and combined the
dataset will be anonymized. The dataset will not be made available to anyone
else but the two researchers, David Derichs and Max Finne. Publication will
contain statistical parameters (e.g., averages, standard deviations,
coefficients, regressions, descriptive statistics, etc.) computed over the whole population of students having
answered the survey. Also anonymously gathered answers to course feedback
questions are included in the research data. These answers can be used as
citations in research publications, if they serve the purposes of the research
study. Citations do not include any identifiers.
Sources and categories of
Source of data
includes grades from the e-learning platform MyCourses, statistics from the
video viewing platform Panopto, survey feedback,
course grades, Aalto entry level scores, matriculation scores and course performance of Aalto studies.
The survey data
will include answers regarding individual learning styles and their motivation
for studying the content.
the video viewing platform Panopto include number of views, view times, view
Grades from the
course include learning diaries, participation, case performance, and the final
needs to be identifiable until data is combined, only then the data will be anonymized.
How data is used
Data is used to produce
statistical data and data visualization. Data is used to formulate research
questions and hypothesis, such as prediction of student viewing behavior and
learning based their video statistics.
Data is stored during
research in encrypted Aalto network drives and used in Aalto University
laptops, that have automatic data
encryption with Bitlocker. The processing will be done using the anonymized
We do not expect the
processing to affect data subjects in any way. The data is used to develop the
courses at Aalto in particular and the quality of teaching business topics in
The public interest tasks of
universities are defined in the Universities Act (558/2009). Section 2 § of the Universities Act defines academic
research and the providing of research-based education as missions of
university. University must achieve social impact with university research
findings. Universities shall arrange their activities so as to ensure a high
international standard of education.
The research study aims to find best
possible research based education
methods by researching the impact on and
of video lectures. The findings will have societal impact, as they will be
implemented in Aalto University education and also, as findings are published
in research publications, widely in Finnish
and international education. The legal basis for processing personal data is the
performance of a task carried out in the public
interest, namely scientific research.
As this research
study is not intended to be a health study, students are not asked about health
and we ask students not to include health data in the survey answers, if
possible. However if the student wishes to include health data, then the legal
basis for processing is the explicit consent of student for the use such
The rights of the study
participant and the exercising of your rights
The data subject is the
student participant of the course submitting personal data. The data subject
has the following rights:
The right request access to data
The right to object to processing
The right to rectify
The right to request restricting
The right to request removal
of personal data
Because data is
being processed for the purposes of scientific research, the data is not
used in decision-making related to the
Sharing of Personal Data
use data processors. Aalto safeguards the rights and privacy of the individuals by
agreements with third parties.
Transfer of your data to
will not be transferred outside EU. The personal
data will not be published, only the anonymized
results of studies will be published.
Measures taken to protect your data
measures are taken in this research
study to protect your rights:
study has a research plan
responsible for the research study is : David Derichs
Personal data is only processed and transferred
for the purposes of mentioned in this research study privacy notice, and
information is handled in a manner so as not to reveal information about a
specific person to external parties.
Storage period of your data
The criteria for
defining this period is based on good scientific practice. In scientific
research the aim is to store the research data so that the research results can
be verified and previously collected data can be used for further scientific
research on the same subject or for scientific research in other fields.
is no longer personal data. Raw data is stored by using Aalto IT facilities.
The controller in
this study is Aalto University.
The contact person
in matters related to the study is David Derichs
notice is available at My Courses web-page
The research data
subject can contact Aalto University’s data protection officer if they have
questions or demands related to the processing of personal data.
Officer Jari Söderström, phone number: 0947001
If the research
data subject sees that their data has been processed in violation of the
general data protection regulation, the data subject has the right to lodge a
complaint with the supervisory authority, the data protection ombudsman (see