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IJIET 2011 Vol.1(1): 1-8 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2011.V1.1

Privacy Concerns in E-learning: Is Using Tracking System a Threat?

Madeth May and Sébastien George

Abstract—This paper presents a study on security and privacy concerns in E-learning. The study has been conducted along with our research effort that focuses on tracking students’ activities on Computer-Mediated Communication tools (e.g. discussion forum, blog, wiki, etc.). It aims to express our attention on technical and ethical aspects of using tracking approach in the learning process. While the study covers an analysis of some existing research data of security in E-learning and user privacy protection provisions, it helps us gain a broader perspective of utilizing the tracking approach in our research. The major contribution of this paper is awareness-raising of the relevant issues, which are often neglected in the research efforts that implicate user tracking and personal data usage for instructional purposes.

Index Terms—Tracking system, Computer-Mediated Communication, E-learning, Security and privacy concern.

Madeth May holds a PhD in Computer Sciences and specializes in Technology Enhanced Learning and Serious Games. He is currently working as Assistant Professor (ATER) at the department of Industrial Engineering of INSA Lyon. F-69621, France (Phone: +33 4 72 43 72 28; Fax: +33 4 72 43 79 92; email: madeth.may@insa-lyon.fr or may.madeth@gmail.com). Sébastien George is an Associate Professor from the Computer Sciences department of INSA Lyon. (email: sebastien.george@insa-lyon.fr). He has recently been qualified as HDR, an accreditation to supervise research in Computer Sciences. His research interests cover E-learning, Serious Games and Human-Computer Interactions.


Cite: Madeth May and Sébastien George, "Privacy Concerns in E-learning: Is Using Tracking System a Threat?," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-8, 2011.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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