The Forum Guide to Data Ethics Online Course

Organization: National Forum on Education Statistics
Published: January 4, 2010

While laws set the legal parameters that govern data use, ethics establish the fundamental principles of “right and wrong” that are critical to the appropriate management and use of education data in the technology age. This online course is based on The Forum Guide to Data Ethics and is focused on how ethical principles apply to education data. It is intended for any person who handles data in an education organization, including superintendents, chief information officers, principals, teachers, registrars, counselors, school board members, data managers, technology directors, information systems staff, data stewards, technical staff, office staff, paraprofessionals, volunteers, and vendors.  While there is no requirement to follow these principles, the Forum hopes that the contents will prove a useful reference to data handlers and education leaders. Users will receive a certificate within 2 weeks after completing this course and passing the assessment.