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Data Ethics Course

Data Ethics Course

While laws set the legal parameters that govern data use, ethics establish the fundamental principles of "right and wrong" that are critical to the appropriate management and use of education data in the technology age. This online course is based on The Forum Guide to Data Ethics and is focused on how ethical principles apply to education data. It is intended for any person who handles data in an education organization, including superintendents, chief information officers, principals, teachers, registrars, counselors, school board members, data managers, technology directors, information systems staff, data stewards, technical staff, office staff, paraprofessionals, volunteers, and vendors.  While there is no requirement to follow these principles, the Forum hopes that the contents will prove a useful reference to data handlers and education leaders. Users will receive a certificate within 2 weeks after completing this course and passing the assessment.

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Introduction to Data Ethics

The Forum Code of Data Ethics

Canon 1. Demonstrate honesty, integrity, and professionalism

Canon 2. Appreciate that data do not describe the whole person

Canon 3. Be aware of statutes, regulations, and ethical standards

Canon 4. Report information accurately and without bias

Canon 5. Be accountable for ethical data use

Canon 6. Promote data quality

Canon 7. Promote understanding and accurate analysis of data

Canon 8. Treat data systems as a valuable organizational asset

Canon 9. Safeguard sensitive data

Additional Materials

Final Assessment

You will receive a certificate within 2 weeks after completing this course and passing the assessment.

Please be sure to provide your full name and email address (associated with your organization) upon successful completion of the course.