Online safeguarding

How to prevent cyberbullying from rearing its ugly head in universities

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 01/06/2021 - 09:00
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We see many varied examples and incidents of cyberbullying around the world. As many students enter their second year of online schooling, it’s an even more important, timely topic, especially for the younger generation. Because they all live with this technology, the first thing they do when they wake up is check social media. With increasingly online lifestyles, cyberbullying can take on many different forms.

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Christy Cheung presents preventive measures universities should take to tackle cyberbullying among students working online
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Christy Cheung presents preventive measures universities should take to tackle cyberbullying among students working online

Secure and transparent use of student data

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 06/05/2021 - 09:00
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Over the past decade, the range of digital education technologies available to students and staff within higher education has risen dramatically. Alongside edtech and the rapid growth of blended, hybrid and fully online curricula, attention has turned to how students are interacting with such technologies and what impact they have on learning and outcomes.

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Bronwen Swinnerton and James Pickering outline the steps all universities should take to ensure ethical and transparent collection and use of student data via edtech platforms
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Bronwen Swinnerton and James Pickering outline the steps all universities should take to ensure ethical and transparent collection and use of student data via edtech platforms

Responsible use of learning analytics to improve the university experience

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 06/05/2021 - 08:00
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The promise of learning analytics is they enable us to use educational data to improve the quality of the learning experience within our universities. In order to achieve this, it is crucial that data is sourced and used responsibly and the focus is on solving problems for learners and educators.

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Rebecca Ferguson presents useful guidelines and frameworks for using learner analytics safely and effectively to inform improvements to teaching and student services
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Rebecca Ferguson presents useful guidelines and frameworks for using learner analytics safely and effectively to inform improvements to teaching and student services

Cybersecurity in online learning

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 30/04/2021 - 09:00
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When then UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plan for free high-speed broadband was presented in 2019 it was seen as “crazed” by some, but then the pandemic hit and we realised that access to the internet should be seen in the same light as electricity – as an essential utility. Access to the internet has been vital over the past year as many were forced to work from home and needed to connect with others.

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Mohammed Rehman explains what steps universities should take to educate staff and students about cybersecurity and how to protect themselves when teaching and learning online
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Mohammed Rehman explains what steps universities should take to educate staff and students about cybersecurity and how to protect themselves when teaching and learning online

Teaching in the hall of mirrors: should faculty ever mention appearance?

Submitted by dene.mullen on Wed, 31/03/2021 - 01:01
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I had a colleague who couldn’t stop talking about “girls in bed” as a serious problem in his online classes. It was disruptive, distracting and disrespectful, in his opinion.

Ick, I thought, but didn’t say anything. Why not say “students in bed” rather than “girls in bed”? Was the issue that these young women were promoting laziness by not sitting upright on furniture with hard surfaces? Or were they somehow temptresses, likely to lead men astray with the seductive powers of their female sexuality?

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Educators must pay attention to why young people are using platforms that allow social interaction without visual scrutiny, says Elizabeth Losh
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Educators must pay attention to why young people are using platforms that allow social interaction without visual scrutiny, says Elizabeth Losh

It’s been emotional: how to manage difficult student interactions

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 09:00
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It’s been a stressful 12 months for university staff and students alike, with everyone facing their own challenges. This has meant that at times student advisors have shouldered a heavy emotional burden when trying to assist and advise students.

There is plenty of technical advice out there about providing accurate information and adhering to policies, but there is less guidance on how we, as advisors, should navigate those situations as human beings and manage our responses to what can be very difficult, highly fraught issues.  

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Student advisors often bear a heavy emotional burden when trying to assist students. Meg Cohen offers advice on how to manage such emotionally challenging situations
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Student advisors often bear a heavy emotional burden when trying to assist students. Meg Cohen offers advice on how to manage such emotionally challenging situations

Safely teaching foreign students facing censorship

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 08/02/2021 - 09:00
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How critical thinking can lead to prison

In 2014, a coup was staged in Thailand. It changed my life.

Overnight, I became a refugee under the protection of the Japanese government.

I have been teaching south-east Asian politics at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University since 2012.

Through my long years of teaching and research, I have engaged in critical thinking in relation to key political institutions in the region.

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Foreign students studying online in their home countries may be subject to strict press controls, therefore educators must be careful to ensure that course content and discussions do not put students at risk, Pavin Chachavalpongpun explains
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Foreign students studying online in their home countries may be subject to strict press controls, so educators must carefully consider their course content and discussion points, Pavin Chachavalpongpun explains

Netiquette: encouraging good behaviour in online classes

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 15/01/2021 - 09:05
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With most core university teaching currently taking place online, it’s important that staff and students contribute to, and feel part of, a safe, respectful and connected community when interacting online.

Here we outline how university staff can create a positive, constructive remote learning environment through good “netiquette”.

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Online teaching can blur boundaries between home and university, so lecturers must take steps to ensure a safe and respectful online learning environment through good ‘netiquette’. Sam Smidt and Joanna Stroud explain how
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Online teaching can blur boundaries between home and university, so lecturers must take steps to ensure a safe and respectful online learning environment through good ‘netiquette’. Sam Smidt and Joanna Stroud explain how

Running safe and secure online meetings and calls

Submitted by stefan.gagov on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 16:59
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New digital teaching methods risk exposing personal and sensitive information among students and staff. Here are best practice tips from Matthew Davis on running safe and secure online meetings and calls
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New digital teaching methods risk exposing personal and sensitive information among students and staff. Here are best practice tips from Matthew Davis on running safe and secure online meetings and calls