e-Portfolios: Assessing the Legal Issues

Addressing the legal issues arising from ePortfolio development and use can take considerable time and effort. However, an early investment in those issues can save considerably more effort later on, by highlighting key issues and allowing ePortfolio providers to plan to avoid them or ameliorate their effects. Many matters can be addressed, at least in part, by ensuring that e-Portfolio provider staff and learners are provided with adequate information and guidance. Maintaining adequate documentation of processes and decisions also helps to provide continuity in approach to legal issues over time.

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ECJ Rules that Libraries may Digitise Books for Dedicated Terminals
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Have Your Say on the ICO Data Sharing Code of Practice
Fill in an online survey to share how you use the code, and how it helps compliance by 5 October.

DP and Research Data: What You Need to Know
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