At EdLab's Development & Research team, we're trying to build out a couple of social applications for education and are running in to this issue of privacy head-on. It would be great to get a wider sense of what people think about privacy for their data in education-oriented sites. I'm specifically wondering how open people would be with some of the following:
- Which courses or course material you've taken in the past.
- Work (without assessment results) that you've posted for classes.
- Discussion board posts for classes and on social networks in general.
- Assessment related information (grades, etc.).
- Professional bios and resumes.
It's especially challenging b/c you almost want to open up some or all of the data somehow for learning (eg. to show off to potential employers), but at the same time you may not want to share all your data all the time. But, as an employer, I wonder if you trust some online portfolio of work that is presented to you if you know it is filtered by the user somehow (presumably for the better).