Student Privacy and the Open Web

There is a wide range of websites and online applications which have the potential to enhance student engagement and success. Instructors have used Google applications such as Docs and Slides, video hosting sites such as YouTube or Vimeo, survey and audience response sites, as well as many others. Many of these applications collect user data and store these on servers located outside Canada, and can potentially use this data in ways that compromise students’ rights to privacy and their ownership over their data. In this discussion-based workshop, we will explore points to consider when creating assignments and projects using these platforms, and how TRU-hosted educational technology options including WordPress (websites and publishing); Mattermost (chats, discussions, and team-building); Kumu Wiki (knowledge-building and sharing); and others can help ensure your assignments and projects are engaging and respectful of students’ rights to privacy.

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