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Privacy Options: Digication ePortfolios

Digication Terms and Conditions – The terms and conditions of Digication were updated this past year. 

Digication Directory
Students can elect to have their ePortfolio to be listed in the Digication directory. Even if students choose to show their ePortfolio in the Directory, it will only be listed for those who have access to it, as defined in Permission Settings. If a student’s ePortfolio is public, it will appear in a Google search.

Permission Settings:

  • Anybody (public) can view, only I can edit.
  • Anybody at my school can view, only I can edit.
  • Only I can view, only I can edit.
  • More Options

If you choose More Options:
There are four different types of access students can assign to specific members or groups in the Digication community:Admin (can edit ePortfolio settings including adding and removing users edit and publish ePortfolios),Publisher (can edit and publish a student’s ePortfolio), Editor (can edit, but not publish a student’s ePortfolio). 

Privacy Options: WordPress Blogs/ePortfolios

Codex>>Blog Privacy– The Codex is a place where members and community facilitators collaboratively document the Commons. This page has some great information about privacy on WordPress blogs.

FERPA Resources for Faculty and Staff

FERPA– The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, commonly known as FERPA, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

Van Dusen, William R., Jr. (2004). FERPA: Basic guidelines for faculty and staff a simple step-by-step approach for compliance. Retrieved -11/23/10- from the NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources Web site:

Ramirez, Marisa & McMillan, Gail. (2010) FERPA and Student Work. Retrieved -11/23/10- from the D-Lib Magazine Web site:

Two posts from the Instruction Design Development Blog at DePaul University about Web 2.0 tools and FERPA violations.