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

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

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paperpeer-review

33 Downloads (Pure)


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
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)


Conference2018 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.
Internet address

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A new concern: Ethical decision making in students’ secondary use of data from their ePortfolios'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this