There is a good bit to think about with this so, this will be split over two posts.
As the participants on this project have been sorting out ethical considerations, one of the things that came up was handling of data.
Data refers to automated and manual data. Automated data means any information on computer, or information recorded with the intention that it be processed by computer. Manual data means information that is recorded as part of a relevant filing system or with the intention that the data form part of a system.
The institute has guidelines on how to handle data. These guidelines are similar to those used in the public sector and are based on the following principles:
- Data should be obtained and processed fairly.( for example students can opt out of sharing their info
- Data collected should only be kept for specified and lawful purposes
- The data should be processed only in ways compatible with the purposes for which it was solicited and given.
- The data should be kept safe and secure
- The data should be kept accurate and up to date
- Collect data that is adequate, relevant and not excessive
- Data should not be held longer than is necessary for the purpose it was collected for, and it suitably should be disposed of.
- An individual should be given a copy of his/her personal data when he requests it. (as per Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003)
See some more info here: http://www.dit.ie/recordsmanagement/dataprotection/
An individual’s right to privacy also implicated when any of the above is breached, so given the personal nature of mobile devices and how much data is passing through them at any time…what are the implications for use in education?
Where do things stand with regards to creating a “Bring your own device” (BYOD) environment for learning?
What is the relationship between institutional handling of data, privacy and the use of cloud-services such as googledrive, dropbox, etc?
In using “recommended apps for learning and teaching, how are such apps assessed for security and possible privacy breaches?
How do existing privacy and data policies address the use of mobile in learning and teaching?
Amongst other things, I am thinking that it is important to carry out a risk assessment plan in considering BYOD for a learning environment…What would be the elements of such a plan?