Misunderstood FERPA

FERPA always comes up when you start to talk about students using web tools such as social networking outside the range of University supported technologies. Here is an interesting article that clarifies common misunderstandings:

“FERPA was never intended to place students into the box of a physical or online classroom to prevent them from learning from the public. Rather, FERPA requires schools to maintain control over certain student records (Fryer, 2009). These records include medical information, social security numbers, and grades.

Some people think that students cannot release any personally identifiable student information, but this is also not true. There is a large category of personally identifiable student information that can be released as “directory information.” Follow the link below to read the entire article:

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-with-technology-articles/ferpa-and-social-media/

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