This information is a collaborative effort presented to you by the Office of the Registrar, Department of Materials Management, Department for Disability Support Services, and ITCS.
A myriad of educational tools are available to administer and collect assessments, capture and store files, provide innovative presentation methods and collaborate with students. Examples of these tools include publisher and portfolio tools that are often an entire learning management system similar to Blackboard. Student data should be protected in accordance to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). According to FERPA, any information not considered directory information MAY NOT be disclosed to anyone except the student without prior written consent unless a specific regulatory exception applies. However, some might NOT be aware that use of many online solutions does not adhere to FERPA, state contractual rules, ADA and security compliance requirements. So, before you "click through" or require your students to use a tool not provided by ECU, please be advised that, while simple to use and in many cases free, these services may not meet university standards for user privacy, security, intellectual property protection, unfettered access, records retention and accessibility requirements.
As you consider the appropriate tools and technologies to meet your respective course objectives, we recommend you visit the Supported Software website for a list of ECU-supported software and Learning Technologies. In addition, contact distributed IT support in your college for the availability of discipline-specific software.
If you have determined there is not an existing university-supported tool to meet your instructional needs, and you are considering implementing an online (e.g., cloud based) solution, you need to be aware that any data hosted external to ECU, or in the "cloud," that is not purchased or approved by the university must follow this process.
ADA is applicable in all situations; however, you may NOT need to seek additional approval from Materials Management and/or the University Registrar in the following situations:
There are four main areas to review when considering an unapproved university instructional tool: