Weekly News and Tip, September 27, 2007

Tip - FERPA and Student Privacy
Monday's Des Moines Register described a "foofaraw" or tempest in a teapot that emerged from a misunderstanding at the U of Iowa regarding what is and is not allowed under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA protects the confidentiality of student education records - so, for example, faculty may not post student grades in a way that identifies individuals or leave stacks of graded work in the open for students to pick up.

However, FERPA does not preclude group work, team assignments, or (this was the "foofaraw" in Iowa City) identifying students by name in class. For ISU's take on FERPA, see "FERPA: What faculty and staff members need to know".

A recent article explains, "FERPA Allows More Than You May Realize".

Finally, the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) offers a FERPA and Campus Safety Q & A.

Announcements - Campus Talks, CELT Sessions
"Teaching Writing to Visual Learners." Lester Faigley, University of Texas at Austin, will speak on visual communication across the disciplines, TODAY, September 27, 2-3 p.m., Ross 212. Learn more about other ISUComm-sponsored Faigley workshops and presentations.

Brown-Bag Discussion: "Do ethics classes improve ethics?" with Clark Ford, Associate Professor, FSHN; John Mayfield, Professor, GDCB; Alex Tuckness, Associate Professor, Political Science; and Clark Wolf, Associate Professor, Philosophy, Friday, Oct. 5, 12:10-1 p.m., Memorial Union Room 3512.

For the following CELT events, register through AccessPlus
(go to Employee > HRS Training > Continue > Courses).

  • Learning Connections and Student Learning, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Parks Library Learning Connections Center (first floor, Parks Library)
  • Managing Course Content in WebCT GOLD (re-scheduled from Sept. 12), Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2-3:30 p.m., 1230 Communications
  • Graduate Student Programming: Preparing for Academic Interviews, Thursday, Oct. 4, 3:30-5 p.m., Pearson 1115.
FYI - October is Disability Awareness Month
Discussions, lectures, and participation events are among planned activities for October, which is Disability Awareness Month. One of the first events of the month is "Autism & Asperger's Syndrome: Strategies for Success at the Post-secondary Level," a lecture by Sue Baker, consultant for autism services for the state of Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., 2055 Hoover (Hoover Auditorium). More information on Disability Awareness Month.

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