Blog guidance for teaching staff
Via Neil Winton
(no blog?) we learn how American colleges are tackling online behaviour to try and avoid the fallout administrators have dealt with this past year. Among my favourites is the story of an under-21 getting convicted for under-aged drinking based on a Facebook pic. But, unlike US drinking laws, the universities' approach has not been draconian. It appears quite enlightened and genuinely well-meant. The main thrust is on protecting students from things they might regret when later graduating or trying to find a job.
Carelessness - or more likely a lack of appreciation of the worldwide audience and indelibility of writing to the net - can still occur in the workplace, though. Currently there is a
significant gap in provision gaping hole in guidance on social technology use for teachers (the safety of students is beginning to take on more of an official face). I have often been advised against proposing guidance since this is, clearly, the job of the Scottish Executive, General Teaching Council or, at the very least, Learning and Teaching Scotland. However, as an LTS employee and frequent, occasionally controversial blogger, I need black and white to fall back on if things do go bum up. I think others will be in the same boat. And I can't wait until things go wrong for the politicians just to ban everything. It's too important for that.
So this week I am writing a draft employee blogging policy in time for the start of term. Once Version 0.1 is written I'll copy it onto the ScotEduBlogs wiki and welcome people's additions or comments. I'll then take it around to those in the Scottish Executive, General Teaching Council and Learning and Teaching Scotland who care about these things. By the time it reaches Version 1.0 it will be our document. It will belong to the people who know the consequences of good - and bad - actions.
Let's do it, before they do something else.
Update: Thanks to Marlyn for this wealth of information and background reading/presentations. A great place to start with some really informed sources. Thanks to Karen, too, for providing the East Lothian 'base' policies. Hopefully, we'll be able to draw things together. It might not be up today as a first draft, but it will be up there eventually!