Great news…the collaboration with Paul Prinsloo and Sharon Slade is going harder and harder.
Our paper to the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning has been accepted and is now in press.
User Consent in MOOCs – Micro, Meso, and Macro Perspectives
While many strategies for protecting personal privacy have relied on regulatory frameworks, consent and anonymizing data, such approaches are not always effective. Terms and Conditions often lag user behaviour and advances in technology and software, and consent to use data for a wide range of unclear purposes can be provided unwittingly. This paper reports on a review of four Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providers from different geopolitical and regulatory contexts. It explores how consent to collect and use data is described to potential users, and how that consent applies at micro, meso and macro levels.
This paper proposes that there should be greater transparency around the implications of granting consent at the point of registration. Further, it highlights that although institutions and organisations have a responsibility to make clear the potential uses and sharing of user data, there is a joint responsibility for users themselves to be more aware and to continue to investigate ways in which meaningful student agency can be achieved.