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Does FERPA apply to MOOCs?
Two weeks ago at a symposium on student privacy, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Kathleen Styles, the DOE’s Chief Privacy Officer, said, “‘Data in the higher-education context for MOOCs is seldom Ferpa-protected,’” because MOOCs are rarely funded with Title IV dollars from the federal government. At least one high-profile university and one high-profile commercial MOOC platform appear to disagree with each other on the question: while edX (non-profit) states that it “‘is subject to and will comply with all Ferpa requirements governing the use and redisclosure of personally identifiable information,’” Coursera (for-profit) follows the “‘principles’” of FERPA but “doesn’t think it applies to MOOCs.”
In a two-part series at THE Journal, Dian Schaffhauser interviews attorney Bret Cohen on student data privacy. Part one covers “teacher use of online services that use or generate student data”. Part two examines “issues related to student privacy that districts and schools themselves should consider.”
Louisiana: Educators and school districts are now moving ahead with implementing the student privacy bill signed in June by Governor Bobby Jindal. “By June of 2015, parents must sign a consent form, before their child's schools can release information through LOSFA Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, for students in grades 8th through 12th.”