A new concern: Ethical decision making in students’ secondary use of data from their ePortfolios

Christine Slade, Christine Brown Wilson, Misty M. Kirby, Terri Downer, Marie Fisher, Stephen Isbel

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    Familiar areas of ePortfolio use by students include assessment, reflection and evidencing professional competencies. With an increasing emphasis on graduate employability across higher education, students are also encouraged to showcase their professional identity to virtual audiences not necessarily known to them, through social media and online settings. Despite the benefits of this wider use, there can be unintended consequences for the ePortfolio user and others they work with, including vulnerable groups like children, patients or clients. Current ePortfolio literature discusses ethical issues for the user, such as privacy and protection of data in an online environment, but as yet, has only limited discourse about privacy, consent and confidentiality of secondary use of others’ data. In response, this paper provides samples of ethical decision making scenarios that students may face in using ePortfolio information in social media or other online platforms to raise awareness of the issues for educators and students.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2018 ePortfolio Forum eBook of short papers
    Subtitle of host publicationExploring, experiencing, engaging, energising, expanding
    PublisherePortfolios Australia
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Event2018 ePortfolio Forum - Griffith University, South Bank Campus, Brisbane, Australia
    Duration: 09 Oct 201810 Oct 2018
    https://eportfoliosaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/flyer_eportfolioforum_finv2_20180528.pdf (Forum flyer)
    https://eportfoliosaustralia.wordpress.com/forums/previous-eportfolio-forums/2018-eportfolio-forum-home-page/2018-eportfolio-forum-program/ (Conference website)


    Seminar2018 ePortfolio Forum
    Abbreviated titleExploring, Experiencing, Engaging, Energising, Expanding
    Other2018 Eportfolio Forum is a two-day event of presentations, workshops, facilitated conversations and networking on 9-10 October 2018 at Griffith University, Southbank Campus, Brisbane. A variety of interactive sessions will enable new and experienced eportfolio supporters to gain some ‘hands-on’ experience with using eportfolios, including hearing from our Keynote presenter – Prof Dawn Bennett.
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