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EC&I 831 weekly reflections, Posts September 2013

Who to believe: Teaching Ethically with the Free Web

This weekend I read an article that one of my EC and I 831 classmates shared with us via Twitter. Liz Homan asks her readers to reflect on questions such as “who owns the work students post online?” and “what are the teacher’s responsibilities when asking students to use technology”. Both of these questions are extremely important in this day and age of accountability.

Currently in my school division, we have a tech team working on creating policies around these same types of questions. Not only do we want our teachers to be as informed as possible as to what is their responsibility, but we also want our teachers feeling capable and confident in teaching our students net-etiquette.

The questions I am wondering are:
1. How do you know which article, website, blog to follow in order to stay informed?
2. Knowing that this was an American article and that in Canada we use the same social media sites listed in the article, does this mean the same legalities apply to us?
3. How does one remain on top of all of the rules when the Net itself is in constant change?



About amandahassen

I have been working in the field of Education for the last 11 years. I am presently working as a Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA) consultant. I am enjoying the research and the collaboration that this jobs entails.


2 thoughts on “Who to believe: Teaching Ethically with the Free Web

  1. Those are some pretty tricky questions! I’ll try my best:

    1. I following a lot of different blogs and I find out about new ones through my connections and via the blogs I follow. I find that after a while you filter through to the ones that are the most helpful and then you can grow it from there. It certainly does take a while though.
    2. Canada does use a lot of the same social media sites, but we have different privacy laws and general laws. So I image some of it applies, but I’m sure there are differences. I know for example I can use SurveyMonkey in my research because they store their data on an American server, meaning that data is being held under different privacy laws
    3. I try to take things on a case by case basis. It’s a little tricky to keep on top of things. We have a copyright officer on the library and she has enough trouble keeping on top of things. I thinking knowing and teaching the basic and broad standards and rules and then examining things more closely as they come about is the best way to do it.

    I don’t know if that’s very helpful!

    Thanks for your post. It got me thinking.


    Posted by Gillian Nowlan | September 24, 2013, 9:08 pm
  2. Thanks for you post Amanda. This is a dilemma. We are dealing with the same thing right now in what student data can be stored on publisher websites for example. We have been told that any assessment that has marks attached shouldn’t be completed in a third party tool because it is harder to retrieve the work and grades if a student appeal happens and it gets into the issue of privacy. Instead we should use our Moodle LMS. I know some instructors do this anyways and then apologize later if an issue of privacy or challenging a grade happens. At a post-secondary students have the right to now use a third party tool such as Google docs if it is made mandatory but I don’t know of any students that have done this. But, if students are given options for assignments so they can choose what tools they want to use and how to use them. You may not have this luxury in K-12. I would think that students are not in a position to make this decision on their own. They just do what they are told by their teachers.

    The U of R is supposedly working on a policy to address some of these issues. I don’t really have an answer for you

    Posted by gregb | September 24, 2013, 11:18 pm

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