Privacy and Security in E-Learning

Privacy and Security in E-Learning

Khalil El-Khatib (National Research Council, Canada), Larry Korba (National Research Council, Canada), Yuefei Xu (National Research Council, Canada) and George Yee (National Research Council, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-937-3.ch023
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For a variety of advantages, universities and other organizations are resorting to e-learning to provide instruction on-line. While many advances have been made in the mechanics of providing on-line instruction, the needs for privacy and security have to-date been largely ignored. This paper examines privacy and security issues associated with e-learning. It presents the basic principles behind privacy practices and legislation. It investigates the more popular e-learning standards to determine their provisions and limitations for privacy and security. Privacy requirements for e-learning systems are explored with respect to the “Privacy Principles.” The capabilities of a number of existing privacy enhancing technologies, including methods for network privacy, policy-based privacy/security management, and trust systems, are reviewed and assessed.

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