Privacy Course Syllabus

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Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning, Syllabus

Educators, students, and parents are now benefiting from the exciting opportunities available as a result of new instructional technologies, including cloud-based technology services and mobile applications. These technologies enable rich, data-powered classroom experiences and the anytime, anywhere learning that education technologists and educators have envisioned for many years. With new possibilities, however, come challenges. As schools turn to cloud services for applications, content and data analytics, and online assessment, keeping student data private and secure becomes more difficult. This 9-module course is designed for school district leaders who need help in understanding existing privacy laws, defining best and necessary practices around privacy, and communicating effectively with their communities. 9 CEA Credits toward CETL® recertification.

Module 1 – Introduction

Overview—Why the push for data and why challenges are growing

Module 2 – Addressing Primary Privacy Concerns

  • Security breaches
  • Need to know
  • Commercial use of data
  • Self-inflicted breaches
  • Module 2: Reflection questions
  • Module 2: Extending your study

Module 3 – Compliance With Federal Privacy Laws

  • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Untangling the definitions
  • Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • How states are responding
  • Module 3: Reflection questions
  • Module 3: Extending your study

Module 4 – Determining Your School System’s Needs

  • Handling the service internally vs. working with an online service provider
  • Defining education records
  • Disclosing and sharing of education records
  • Module 4: Reflection questions
  • Module 4: Extending your study

Module 5 – Evaluating and Contracting with Online Service Providers

  • Using 'reasonable' measures to ensure security and confidentiality
  • Determining whether practices meet the 'reasonable' standard
  • Establishing security standards for providers
  • Security questions to ask online service providers
  • Specifying security standards in contracts
  • Suggested contract terms
  • Click wrap agreements
  • Module 5: Reflection questions
  • Module 5: Extending your study

Module 6 – Providing Notification and Obtaining Parental Consent

  • Obtaining consent from parents
  • School officials exception
  • Directory information exception
  • Module 6: Reflection questions
  • Module 6: Extending your study

Module 7 – Step Through the Decision Making Process

  • Module 7: Reflection questions
  • Module 7: Extending your study

Module 8 – Communicating Privacy Practices

  • Explaining how education data support student success and school improvement
  • Providing assurances to parents and guardians
  • Module 8: Reflection questions
  • Module 8: Extending your study

Module 9 – Steps Every School District Should Take

  • Designate a privacy official
  • Know the laws and seek legal counsel
  • Adopt school community norms and policies
  • Implement workable processes
  • Provide training
  • Inform parents
  • Make security a priority
  • Module 9: Reflection questions
  • Module 9: Extending your study