As Web culture permeates the higher education experience, from Yik Yak conversations to collaborative digital assignments, questions of data privacy are gaining national attention. In 2015, 46 states introduced 182 bills addressing student data privacy, according to nonprofit advocacy group the Data Quality Campaign.
These attempts to protect personal information treat student data as something to be managed and controlled—but don’t give students themselves a voice in how they want their data to be used.
What we need to know about you is your contextualized profile of your performance and what kind of support you’ll need to be able to model your learner profile across contexts. If I had to push for one thing that I think is super important, that is that the user should own their data. There’s this default thing right now which is that everybody but the user owns their data. My vision that we’re going to push for in my organization is you’ve got to have a third party who is responsible for protecting learner data. Then the student could have, say, a decade of data about the way that they’re learning.
Over the past few months, more and more people are talking about student privacy issues linked to the new technologies deployed in schools. There is a vibrant debate in progress around student privacy, and as a leading technology provider, it’s our welcome responsibility to participate.
Before we dive in, we must first clarify what we mean by the term “student data,” only then can we shed some light on pertinent topics such as who owns this data? Who should be able to use it? And in what ways are service providers permitted to use that data?
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In all, we’ve reached a tipping point where big data seems safer than cash — and while that sounds frightening, it doesn’t have to be. The Internet has evolved and transparency and security are quickly becoming it’s cornerstones. Not unlike the honesty and integrity we attempt to achieve in the offline world, transparency and security won’t always be easy coming, but they will be necessary. Laws will one day protect these digital valuables, and in the mean time, data rights management platforms will fill the void, and will even help direct those future laws.
Is it possible to stay anonymous on the web? Sure — if you put in the work. The better question is this: is it possible to maintain data rights in accordance with what is moral, what is transparent and what is secure? Absolutely — and that’s where Umbel comes in to help.
All 10 are listed below:
1) Student data belongs to the student.
2) Student data should never be sold or shared without explicit permission.
3) Student data should only be used to improve learning outcomes.
4) Student data should be easy to manage.
5) Student data should be very carefully protected.
6) Student data should be clear and comprehensible.
7) Students should be able to consolidate their data.
8) Student data should be portable.
9) Student data analysis should be completely stoppable — and recoverable.
10) Institutional IP should be protected.