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Online teaching environments increase the ethical issues faced by instructors and students when it comes to consent. Data of various kinds are automatically recorded in a relatively permanent form, while personal details are inevitably shared and posted online. Although some may value textual permanence, as it allows students and instructors, to return to postings and reflect on material, textual permanence can also cause issues. A specific record of discussion can provoke intense responses from students and then those postings become permanent, which is a problem if someone were to react negatively and possible regret posting their response. Teachers must embody the ethical standard trust in moments like these, and ensure that the students can feel safe sharing their posts. Teachers must ensure there is openness in the online learning environment, and that all posts are treated and responded to fairly. An online learning environment provides greater opportunities to learn about your
students and to have some of that knowledge recorded. Teachers must ensure they embody the standard of practice of professional knowledge and practice, when they interact with students online. Teachers must set a professional boundary, as online learning can become informal at times. I think that informed consent can be provided at the beginning of the course. When a student enrols in an online course, there should be a consent form that specifically explains what they are consenting to. What should students be consenting to though? I would believe that the consent given would be for the posts in discussion forums being recorded publicly and permanently, and for institutes to be able to gather and use personal data to provide the institution with qualitative and quantitative information. This would allow institutes to compare courses, while monitoring the success of online courses and distant learning. Consent goes beyond filling out a form though in many cases with online learning. When students share personal information online, they are consenting to that information being gathered in other ways; for example, as we interact as instructors with our students, we build up more personal and specific knowledge, but are we, as teachers, allowed to use that knowledge to create meaningful links to learning with a student without invading their privacy? Do teachers need to ask for permission to watch students’ online interactions, to review and reassess their online contributions and to ‘eavesdrop’ on their ‘conversations’? Teachers must embody the ethical standard of integrity though professional and moral action when it comes to the consent of students online. There is a great responsibility to ensure that the online learning environment is safe for all students. A possible solution to the issue of consent online, would be anonymity. Anonymity offers confidentiality and protection when posting online, which can have value. However, allowing anonymous posts can have negative effects, such as the possibility of direct and potentially unidentifiable attacks on other students. I do think that the web is a very public platform, and students should be aware that their posts may not be as protected or private as they may think. 

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When you sign up for social media accounts such as Facebook, most people do not read the terms and conditions, which probably states that what is posted online may be available to the public. It would be the same thing for an online course. Posting your photo to your profile, posting the city you live in, telling others facts about you in an ice breaker game, or introduction post, are all versions of you consenting to your posts being public and permanent for others to see.