Oct 242014

Benjamin Herold reports: A coalition of prominent research universities is receiving federal support to redesign and scale up a massive repository for storing, sharing, and analyzing learning and behavioral data that students generate when using digital instructional tools, demonstrating the continued faith that many personalized-learning proponents have in the power of “big data” to transform [...]

Oct 222014

Over on PHIprivacy.net, I’ve posted links to some articles concerning ebola, HIPAA, and public health authorities. But Elizabeth Litten raises another aspect when students are involved: Recent news articles regarding a New Jersey elementary school’s handling of the enrollment of two new students from Rwanda provided another glimpse of Ebola hysteria and the opportunity for me to follow [...]

Oct 222014

The Korea Herald reports: A civil organization has been launched to protect students’ personal information within education fields. Parents’ Union on Net announced Tuesday the launch of the Student Privacy Association, or SPA, organized by multiple civil organizations, to reestablish the significance of protecting students’ privacy and promote relevant governmental policies to support the movement. [...]

Oct 162014

In July, I summarized patterns I saw in documents obtained by EPIC from the Department of Education. The documents were the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO)’s responses to complaints by students and parents alleging FERPA violations. Since then, EPIC has received additional interim batches of responses to their freedom of information request. They write: EPIC has obtained new [...]

Oct 152014

AAP reports: Sydney University has come under fire for pressuring a student newspaper into pulling the identity of a male student named and shamed over a sexual misconduct claim. The article in Honi Soit headlined “Uni fails sexual harassment victim” examined the university’s response to a case where a naked photo of a female student [...]

Oct 142014

Chelsea Laskowski provides an update to a lawsuit noted previously on this blog: A judge has reserved decision in a lawsuit over whether a Grade 6 student’s privacy was violated when school staff read the texts on his cellphone. Court heard a teacher at Riverside Community School in Prince Albert took the 12-year-old’s phone when [...]

Oct 112014

Benjamin Herold reports: The National Science Foundation earlier this month awarded a $4.8 million grant to a coalition of prominent research universities aiming to build a massive repository for storing, sharing, and analyzing the information students generate when using digital learning tools. The project, dubbed “LearnSphere,” highlights the continued optimism that “big” educational data might be used [...]