Evaluating an Online Service Provider

School district leader robustly vets an online service provider.
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About this Micro-credential

Key Method

The school district leader describes key features of a systematic and robust vetting process for online service providers. He or she then outlines a process for vetting online service providers that can be used in the district, making sure to highlight the key elements of the plan in the process.

Method Components

Evaluating an Online Service Provider for Student Data Privacy is the fourth micro-credential in the Student Data Privacy stack:

  1. Foundations of Student Data Privacy
  2. Determining Your School District’s Data Privacy Needs
  3. Communicating with Parents, Teachers, and Other Stakeholders About Student Data Privacy
  4. Evaluating an Online Service Provider
  5. Professional Development for Administrators, Teachers, and Support Staff

As districts rely more and more on third-party software providers to meet the needs of their students, teachers, and administrators, it is increasingly important that they have a comprehensive and rigorous process for evaluating potential providers. This process should include factors such as data collection, network management, data storage, and access, along with any number of other considerations. With a thorough process in place, districts can reduce their potential vulnerabilities as well as ensure that they are in compliance with all relevant laws and statutes.

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

Resources

  • Protecting Student Data Privacy while Using Online Educational Services: Requirements and Best Practices, U.S. Department of Education
    http://bit.ly/2e9eEB6

Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a “Yes” on Parts 1, 2, and 3.

Part 1. Overview Questions

Describe three or more key features of a robust vetting process for online service providers. (200-word limit)

Part 2. Evidence/Artifacts

To earn this micro-credential, create an outline of a process for vetting online service providers that can be used in your district, making sure to highlight the key elements of the plan. If your district already has a process in place, upload or link to it and provide annotations that describe the key elements.

Part 3. Reflection

How did the process created (or referenced) in Part 2 impact your thinking about the importance of instituting a rigorous vetting process for online service providers in your district? Note specifically how your thinking has changed. Feel free to submit this reflection in whatever format is most effective for you (e.g., text, audio, video, etc.).

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Requirements

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