One of the questions we had during the Q&A of our session was how do we help students navigate privacy issues in learning spaces augmented with social/digital media. There was a specific request for examples to walk students through this. Here is what I do. I'd love to hear from others.
At the beginning of courses I either have required or optional media projects that might engage with social media. These interactions, as far as I've found in my research, are in the gray when it comes to FERPA in the US. Additionally, the students are using sites and services that are outside of class, and often privately held. They enter into legal agreements with these companies. To create and engage in digital projects and spaces the students sign an "Interactive Project Release Form". It is not legally binding (I think?? I mean, if the world operates like websites it totally is), but it gets students to think about the work they agree to do in classes and what the risks might be. In addition to this project release form, we discuss what it means to do required digital work while having a digital identity and footprint.
Hogan, Bernie. “Pseudonyms and the Rise of the Real-Name Web.” A Companion to New Media Dynamics (2012): 290-308.
Gillespie, Tarleton. “Designed to ‘effectively frustrate’: copyright, technology and the agency of users.” New Media & Society 8.4 (2006): 651-669.
The Terms of Service from at least 1 to 2 social media sites or services (i.e. iTunes, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, snapchat, Tinder, Grindr, instagram, etc.)
The day they come to class after the readings, I hand out the release, they read it, we have a class discussion about privacy, rights, ownership, limits, what we understand and don't understand, and then, because I am in the wonderful position of power as the professor, they all sign the release... but I hope that as they move forward, they might pause for a moment before they check the box that says they agree to the terms and conditions of the site.
Interactive Projects Release Form
Department and Course Number:_________________________________________
CONSENT FOR PROJECTS TO BE SAVED/RE-DISTRIBUTED & TO BE COMMUNICATED WITH VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:
I hereby consent to the saving and digital redistribution of projects completed by myself,
(Please print name)
I consent to being involved with class projects that take place on social media as
(Please provide pseudonym)
I understand that all material obtained will be used by the instructors at ________________________________ for educational and related purposes, including external distribution and sharing in various digital formats through distributions services such as YouTube, SoundCloud, Vine, Twitter, Wordpress, etc. I understand that by using these services I am agreeing to their Terms of Service.
This agreement does not in any way affect the ownership of rights of the content presented in projects. I agree that nothing in my projects infringes the copyright of any third-party.
I understand I will receive no compensation for my consent to participate in this class.
I have read this form and have the opportunity to ask questions about it. I agree to be bound by this consent form.
Signature: ____________________________________________ Date: ___________________