Online Learning Update

March 20, 2014

Is Your Use of Social Media FERPA Compliant?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by Perry D. Drake, Educause Review

Although teens use social media heavily — and many freely post sensitive personal information — instructors must be careful about how they use social media in classrooms.  Because use of digital media for student communications and interactions isn’t specifically covered by FERPA, instructors must be extra careful to ensure that they don’t violate FERPA rules related to student records and privacy. Several scenarios and real-world examples offer tips and guidelines that both protect student privacy and allow instructors to take full advantage of social media for engaging students in course work and discussions.

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