Privacy Considerations for Remote Teaching

When teaching remotely, instructors should be aware of the following privacy considerations:

  1. Instructors are advised to use platforms and tools provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CITL) and Information Technology Services (ITS). Due to concerns surrounding privacy, the University does not recommend using platforms not evaluated or supported by the University.

  2. Be mindful of students who may not want to be visible or recorded and give them alternate means of submitting questions and comments.

  3. Alternative technologies – if you choose to avail of other technologies, the tech company undoubtedly will store and use end user data for the company’s own purposes, putting users’ privacy at risk. If that user data is a “University Record,” then the university has no controls in place to protect and manage the data. University records include records of information about identifiable learners, their contact information, comments, questions, and assessments. The university is obliged to protect students’ personal information in accordance with the ATIPPA, 2015.

  4. Memorial has vetted and approved video conferencing services available to instructors. Consult with CITL for the tool that best meets your instructional needs.

For general information on working remotely, please refer to the privacy webpage within Memorial's Office of the CIO.


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