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Webinar - Privacy in EdTech - FERPA & Beyond

Join us for a webinar with Rob Curtin ( & Van Davis (  Andrew Ackerman will be moderating.

We will be covering the following topics: 

  • What are some common misconceptions about FERPA?
  • What’s the fine for violating FERPA? How many times has it been invoked?
  • From the perspective of a startup, what does it mean to be “FERPA compliant”?
  • Practically speaking, what does a startup have to do to make a University or other education entity comfortable that there will be no FERPA issues from them? Does this vary much by institution? How? Where are the grey areas?
  • What are some types of edtech startups or edtech service models where FERPA does not come into play? (e.g., Univ or Prof gives students a reference code and then the student buys the service and registers on his own)
  • What other Federal or State privacy regulations must edtech startups be aware of? 
  • What public resources would you recommend to startups if they want more and/or to make it easier to be privacy compliant?

Van Davis is the Associate VP of Higher Education at Blackboard. Before joining Blackboard in January 2015, Van was Director of Innovations in Higher Education at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Van holds a Ph.D. in 20th Century US History from Vanderbilt University and taught at both public and private institutions for ten years before joining the THECB in 2007. He now works at Blackboard as a part of its Strategic Partnerships and Thought Leadership team. Van works extensively on distance education and learning technology issues and has directed the state of Texas course redesign grant program, online faculty professional development program, annual Reinventing Instruction and Learning Conference, and the development of the state's digital learning objects repository. More Twitter

Rob Curtin is the Director of Higher Education at Microsoft. Starting with IBM in 1989 he joined Microsoft in 1991, where he managed the IBM re-marketing relationship focusing on providing bundled solutions to education customers. Rob joined Exeter Educational Management Systems in 1996 where he led product strategy and market penetration initiatives for Exeter Student Suite as VP of Application Consulting.He returned to Microsoft in 2002 as Industry Solutions Manager for Higher Education. In addition to his work with Micosoft's strategic clients in the US, Rob also leads the MS Higher Education Advisory Group (HEAG). He's an established education technology executive with proven record of results spanning global providers (Microsoft), EdTtech start-ups (Exeter, Pip) and market leaders (Sallie Mae, SungardSCT). Twitter