I plan a new Moodle course in which I want to encourage participants to leave personally senstive details as part of their learning.
Part of the course will be designed to show how we build online identities which can be used to form trust relationships online.
But I need to ask myself this question first I think. what about my own online identity. Can people trust me? What strategies can I deploy to ensure my future customers trust the Moodle and ultimately me, to leave such senstive information?
Obviously they need to be using strong passwords. Should I register myself under UK Data Protection to show that I am not going to use the info they leave behind in Moodle for purposes beyond learning - such as selling their personal data to a marketing organisation? Should I deploy Moodle over SSL and get a Security Certificate to prove I am running a legitimate learning organisation? And how can I in turn identify and employ trustworthy Elearning consultants to be my co-tutors in the Moodle? I am I better of offering some forrm of contract to my Moodle learners in which I state my values in terms of preserving their privacy? I cannot find anwsers to all these questions so please advise me.
I raise these questions as I believe we should all be exercising caution about what we put on the internet. And we should be managing our online id and presence and be aware of the possibilities of ID theft. With Moodle we are being encouraged to put our personal thoughts online but to prevent ID theft we are told to reveal as little as possible online. How do we reconcile these two sets of needs?