Facilitated Online Course: Protecting Student Privacy

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Protecting Student Privacy in Connected Learning
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.
However, 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 eight-week 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.
The eight -week facilitated version of this course will offer additional benefits, including:
  • structured conversation and workshop led by a knowledgeable and experienced facilitator
  • weekly live and asynchronous discussions with colleagues dealing with the same issues
  • a plan and strategy to develop local privacy policy and practices
  • preparation for the Trusted Learning Environment program application
By the end of the course, you should have the tools you need to begin building or improve upon a compliance framework to protect the privacy of student data. 9 CEA Credits toward CETL® recertification.

Melissa Tebbenkamp has served as the Director of Instructional Technology for Raytown Quality Schools in Missouri since 2006. Melissa is a founding member and current chair-elect of the Missouri state chapter of CoSN (METL) and has served on the CoSN national board since 2014. She was one of the first 50 in the nation to earn the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation. She currently serves as co-chair of CoSN’s Student Data Privacy advisory panel and Advocacy Auction committee as well as a member of the CoSN Professional Advancement and Cybersecurity committees. Recently, she has consulted with the FTC and Department of Education on the impact of FERPA and COPPA on schools and online instructional tools and has led several workshops aimed at helping schools and districts improve their data governance programs. In August 2016, Melissa led the Raytown School District to become one of the first seven to earn the Trusted Learning Environment Seal.


Spring 2019 Course Schedule and Syllabus
April 10 - May 29, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

April 10, 2019

About the course
Trusted Learning Environment 
Data Governance
Making the Case for Student Data Privacy
What is Student Data Privacy All About? 
Principles to Guide the Use and Protection of Student Data
What Makes Privacy So Challenging?
Transparency as Key to Trust
The Role of Leadership

April 17, 2019

Introduction to the Legal Landscape
Key Privacy Laws
Parents Rights 
State and Federal Perspectives

April 24, 2019

Applying Federal Regulations
Closer look at FERPA
Consent and Opting Out
Metadata and De-identification
FERPA Exceptions
Beyond Regulation

May 1, 2019

Data Security
Who is Protecting Students’ Data
Technical Areas to Address Security
Data Classification – A CTO’s View
Best Practices/Need to Know
Security Breaches
Enterprise-wide Planning

May 8, 2019

Working with Online Service Providers
Internal Handling vs. External Provider
Considering the Cloud
Security Standards in Contracts
Data Access and Correction
Privacy Challenges with Free Online Apps
Click Wrap Agreements
Demystifying the Negotiation Process
Tips from CTOs and School Systems

May 15, 2019

Building a Culture of Data Governance
Shared Goal, Shared Responsibility
Assessing (or Creating) Your Policies
Communicating to School Board, Employees, Parents/Guardians
Balancing Security with Data-driven Instruction
Responsible Use
Data Privacy Fundamentals for Staff
Data Privacy Fundamentals for Students
Collaboration between School Systems and Community
Learning from Other Industries

May 22, 2019

Moving Beyond the Basics                                 

Steps Every School District Should Take
Building Your Data Governance Program
Preparing for Your Trusted Learning Environment Application           

May 29, 2019

Putting it Together: Course Review  
Participant Action Plan Presentations                                                                                                                                                                                                

A minimum of 10 enrollments are required for this course, and the maximum enrollment is 25 so as to encourage active discussions.



Course Pricing Member Non-Member
Educator $599 $799
Corporate $799 $999



If you are a CoSN member and have a group interested in taking a course, we are happy to work with you to make arrangements for a private facilitation. You may also be interested in our ability to customize a virtual group presentation to meet your needs. Additional consulting may be available to assist your School District in modifying their policies to comply with privacy laws and best practices. For more information please contact us.