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: