Use of Social Networks, Blogs, Wikis, and Other Third-Party Hosted Tools in Instruction

Instructors at IU are faced with a multitude of tools (e.g. collaborative workspaces, chat rooms, blogs, wikis, and podcast/video sites) that offer new potential for engaging students in learning. When such tools are provided by IU, instructors can be confident that relevant policy issues have been addressed as part of the implementation. However, there could be a number of privacy concerns when an instructor chooses to use a non-IU online tool in instruction.

The Chief Privacy Officer, University Counsel, and Teaching and Learning Center staff created the following guidance for instructors:

Use of Social Networks, Blogs, Wikis, and Other Third-Party Hosted Tools in Instruction

A shorter version of this guidance, generalized for a non-IU audience, is published here:

Lavagnino, M.B. (2010). Policy as an Enabler of Student Engagement. EDUCAUSE Review, 45, no.5: 104-105.

An online presentation via Adobe Connect by Beth Cate - Office of the VP and General Counsel, Merri Beth Lavagnino - Chief Privacy Officer and Compliance Coordinator, and Margaret Ricci - Instructional Consultant in the IUB Teaching and Learning Technology Center, is located here:

Instructional Use of Social Media

More resources on Cloud Computing in general, and other uses of such tools, are located here:

Cloud Computing


Privacy-related Blog Posts

  • An article on respecting the privacy of other while wearing technology enhanced accessories.
  • Planning on purchasing a new iPhone 5s? Perhaps think twice about enabling the new fingerprint authentication offered by the device and iOS 7. And, while it's effective to worry about security & reliability, this time, it may not be the hackers you worry most about.
  • We finished our "12 Domains in 12 Months" awareness initiative!