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Hello all,

We wanted to know if institutions were putting student photos in their learning management systems. Faculty members would appreciate this, so they can have a face to a name. While it is something that we are perfectly capable of doing, we want to see if this is something we should be doing.

1. Do you populate student accounts with a picture in your LMS?
2. Do you force that picture to be the one that is used?
3. Who was involved in the decision process?
4. If you decided not to, why?

Thanks,

Geoff Wild
Application Administrator (Cofrin 106)
Information Technology Services
St. Norbert College
100 Grant St
De Pere, WI 54115
Phone: 920-403-3052
Men's JV Hockey Assistant Coach
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At Glyndwr University (north Wales, UK) all student and staff accounts are populated with photographs. By default the student photographs as those we take for normal student id items such as student cards (used to borrow library books etc.) Staff photographs are taken from their staff id badges.

 

Staff (faculty) can edit their profile and change their photo - I believe students have the same rights. By default student email addresses are also available via the VLE but again they have admin rights to delete / change this. Staff have access to student email addresses and other contact information via a separate, secure system.

 

Within the VLE any forum post, for example, displays the person's photograph.

 

I have no idea who decided to do this but I am unaware of any student issues / complaints.  

 

Of course, the UK and US may have different sensitivities in this regard.

 

Clive

 

Clive Buckley PhD

Programme Leader MSc Learning and Technology

http://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Postgraduatecourses/MScLearningandTechnology/

Centre for Learning, Teaching and Assessment

Glyndwr University

We use the ID photos of students, staff and faculty in our LMS and also in our online directory.  Although the photos are only available to be seen in the directory if you are either on campus or if you sign in with a college ID from off campus.  You have to be signed in to the LMS to see any photos at all, and most of the profile information in the LMS is hidden from view.  We now allow students to get new ID photos taken to be publish in the online directory, and then those are synched with the LMS once a term or so.  No one has the ability to change their image in the LMS.

Because the photos were already available online and had been for several years prior, there was no big concern over having them displayed in the LMS.  Prior to having an online directory, the college used to publish a book of all incoming freshman.  So the online version seemed to be just an extension of that to most people.

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From: "Geoff Wild" <geoff.wild@SNC.EDU>
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Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 12:10:41 PM
Subject: [INSTTECH] Photos in LMS

Hello all,

We wanted to know if institutions were putting student photos in their learning management systems. Faculty members would appreciate this, so they can have a face to a name. While it is something that we are perfectly capable of doing, we want to see if this is something we should be doing.

1. Do you populate student accounts with a picture in your LMS?
2. Do you force that picture to be the one that is used?
3. Who was involved in the decision process?
4. If you decided not to, why?

Thanks,

Geoff Wild
Application Administrator (Cofrin 106)
Information Technology Services
St. Norbert College
100 Grant St
De Pere, WI 54115
Phone: 920-403-3052
Men's JV Hockey Assistant Coach
********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.


********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.