Privacy Awareness in Higher Education: a provocation of our responsibilities to online learners’ data privacy


Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Privacy Awareness in Higher Education: a provocation of our responsibilities to online learners’ data privacy

The COVID-19 pandemic forced much of education to move to the online environment. While there were great strides made in digital literacy and learning how to learn online, we also saw a collapse of home, school, and work that created many ethical problems around data privacy. In our connected world, individualized efforts toward data privacy are limited. Often, your data is only as secure as the least secure person in your contact list. Yet, individuals will bear the brunt of data breaches in inequitable ways with the most vulnerable paying the highest price. As educational institutions, we have regulations at the international, federal, and state level outlining minimums to secure student data. But, considering that education is our mission, what are our responsibilities to educate students about their data privacy and go beyond the minimums? This talk will explore the tensions between individual control and collective responsibility of student data privacy and consider the affordances and limitations of top-down regulation and individual control.

Privacy Awareness in Higher Education Slides (PDF)

Data Privacy Month: Privacy awareness in higher education from the Michigan IT News.


Headshot of Autumm Caines, speaker for this event.

Autumm Caines

Instructional Designer, University of Michigan – Dearborn Hub for Teaching and Learning Resources

Autumm Caines is an Instructional Designer at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the Hub for Teaching and Learning Resources. With nearly 15 years of experience in educational technology and faculty development, Autumm’s scholarly and research interests include blended/hybrid and online learning, open education, digital literacy/citizenship, and online community development — all with a focus on access and equity. This blend of interests has led her to write and present on mounting ethical issues in educational technology including educational surveillance, student data collection, and remote proctoring. You can find out more about Autumm’s work, her publications and presentations, on her professional website at