We are establishing Moodle 1.9.4. We have a requirement to meet privacy legislation. We enrol overseas students, for whom privacy can be a very serious issue for themselves, or their extended families at home.
The "increasing privacy in Moodle" document is good and we will review that in detail, especially Hiding User Fields in User Policies looks good.
In this day and age of social networking sites, most of our students would like to see and be seen. So we believe we need to have an "Opt-in to Privacy" facility - ie a student may choose to be incognito.
We have been looking at the idea of allowing students to be completely incognito, ie they choose an alias (or avatar if you like) for their presence within Moodle - tied to a cryptic university ID. Obviously, in the Registrar systems (Peoplesoft et al) their true identity will be known. T
There are some concerns about frivolous use of this - nobody wants to award a degree in brain surgery to Homer . Also conerns about trust/relationships between lecturers and students. Also concerns about ensuring Academic Honesty.
Has anyone got any thoughts on this? or tried it, or some other approach to the problem?