As I encounter and work with BC educators at all levels of public education who are using–or want to use–social media and cloud computing, it has become evident that they have a range of orientations regarding the applicability of the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This can apply to a single teacher, a school administrator, or a wider group as a whole. Now don’t get me wrong–FIPPA is a law and applicable to all educators using social media and cloud computing in BC public institutions and there are consequences for not following it; however, how educators see this varies. My conception of BC educators’ positions is longer than it’s fair to put in a blog post, so like the “Primer” (https://jhengstler.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/a-k-12-primer-for-british-columbia-teachers-posting-students-work-online/), I’ve linked it in this post as a longer PDF. Click on the cover image to download the document or use the link near the end of this post.
Here’s the abstract: Hengstler theorizes a continuum of 6 compliance positions for educators (Avoidance, Ignorance, Knowledgeable Non-Compliance, Approaching Compliance, Establishing Compliance, & Full Compliances) with regard to the application of British Columbia’s (Canada) Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) to the use of social media and cloud computing tools in BC public schools. The article concludes with a call for collaboration to increase compliance.
Link to article for download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ridcqq14a7k9543/Compliance_Continuum_5_06_14-1.pdf
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