“Disseminating knowledge is the human duty, sharing it about so that all can benefit.”
Amy Snow, a novel by Tracy Rees

Sharing is learning! Wait a minute, it may seem simple but in reality, it’s very complicated.

We have tried to analyze some of the possible issues with sharing information in online education. Data protection can be considered one of the parameters that need to be considered in advance.

Data protection generally refers to the process of safeguarding vital information from corruption, compromise, or loss [1].

When it comes to online education, data protection can be divided into 2 main categories:

  • Students: disciplinary records, report cards, and behavioral assessments. Teachers record student behavior. National assessments, state high-stakes tests, district-level assessments
  • Teachers: personal data include all information concerning an individual or his or her characteristics or living conditions if they can be identified as pertaining to the individual, his or her family, or those living with him or her, such as name, personal identity code, contact details, information on studies, IP address, genetic information, and marital status.



1- “Presidency of the Council: ‘Compromise text. Several partial general approaches have been instrumental in converging views in Council on the proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation in its entirety. The text on the Regulation which the Presidency submits for approval as a General Approach appears in annex,’ 201 pages, 11 June 2015, PDF”. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015.

INDIVIDUAL REFLECTIONS FOR TOPIC 2: Open Learning – Sharing and Openness