Online Instructional Tools

A myriad of online educational tools are available for assessment, collaboration, communication, innovative presentations, and more.  Examples of these tools include video repositories, social media, portfolio and publisher tools that are often an entire learning management system similar to Blackboard. 

ECU supports a suite of learning platforms to meet your course management, communication, and collaboration needs.  ECU hosted tools are all reviewed for FERPA, state contractual rules, ADA accessibility, and security compliance requirements.  We recommend you work with the university to review products, pursue contracts, and confirm that tools are ADA compliant.  It is not recommended, but if you determine that there is not an ECU hosted solution to meet your course needs, and you ask students to upload course content into a non ECU hosted system, you will need to be prepared for the following two situations.  Examples include: uploading a video to YouTube or other video hosting service, uploading a class presentation to Slideshare, Prezi, or other systems, etc.

  1. As the faculty member, you may be required to retrieve student files submitted to a cloud-hosted, third party system. You will need to keep track of the systems or products your students are using to store their course assignments and related materials.
  2. If a student refuses to agree to Terms and Conditions of a cloud-hosted, third party tool, you will need to provide an alternative assignment.

When implementing a non ECU hosted tool, be considerate of what you are asking your students to do.  If students have to create personal accounts with the third-party, carefully review the Terms and Conditions you are asking them to agree to in order to participate in your course.  In addition, consider providing suggestions for account names and ways students can mask their identity; please do not require students to post profile pictures of themselves.

Include information about all of the technology tools you are using in your course syllabus and in the course description so that students have access to this information at the start of the class in the event they do not want to use non ECU hosted technologies for their course work.

In the situation where you need to place student data in the cloud, a university contract is required. Examples include: uploading a student’s paper into plagiarism checking software, uploading a student’s video to YouTube or other video hosting service, etc.  If you are unable to meet this requirement, you must request your students complete and sign a consent form.  As the instructor, you must archive the consent forms for your course(s).  The consent form can be found HERE.  Please contact the Office of the Registrar at 252.328.6747 if you have questions or need assistance with the form.  Do not put student course content in the cloud and agree to the terms and conditions without the student’s consent.  If you administer a tool, such as a publisher assessment account for your course or another tool where you place student data in the cloud, this is considered an education record that is protected by FERPA.