Help:Privacy

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Everything on UBC Wiki is publicly available, and any work done here is visible to anyone with internet connection. This includes draft spaces such as Sandbox. There is also no way to make the page private, which is both pros and cons. Putting your work in public space has a lot of benefits, such as your work will be more visible, publicly available, and easily shareable with people. However, it is also important to consider and make decisions about what you are putting online.

Putting things on public space will also be part of your digital identity.The UBC Digital Tattoo site can help you think about your overall online presence and learn about your rights and responsibilities as a digital citizen.

Using an alias as your UBC Wiki username

By default, the your UBC Wiki username and user page corresponds to your first and last name. If you would prefer to change your wiki username or to use an alias on the UBC Wiki, you can send an email to lt.hub@ubc.ca requesting that your username be changed. Please include a link to your current user page and a preferred alias if you have it (otherwise one will be randomly generated). You username will then be changed - please note that this change is universal and will apply to all work you have done on the UBC Wiki, including edits in the past. If you are using the wiki for course work, please let your instructor know what your alias is.

Suggested items to avoid putting on wiki pages

Below are general tips on what you may want to avoid putting it on wiki (and if you are an instructor, please do not require students to add any of the following to a wiki pages):

  • CWL
  • Student Number
  • Phone Number
  • Personal Email Address (unless you're comfortable with it)
  • First name and Last name (Unless you're comfortable with it)
  • Other confidential information that you don't want everyone around the world to see it.

Different people have different comfort zone with privacy. Some prefer to make their first name and last name publicly visible so that they can use it for their portfolio or get their work credited. Some are not comfortable their information to be publicly available. If you are a student and you have concern with privacy, have a conversation with your instructor. Usually the instructor will provide alternative assessment if you're not putting your work in public space.

Tips for Instructor

  • Provide students with choices to work in the open: if you are creating an assignment on wiki, it is encouraged to provide students with an option to pursue an alternative assignment in an non-open space.. An example of alternative assignment can be posting the assignment to Canvas.
  • Please do not ask students to require any of the #Suggested_items_to_avoid_putting_on_wiki_pages to the wiki.

Tips for Students

  • If you are a student and you have concern with privacy, have a conversation with your instructor. Usually the instructor will provide alternative assessment if you're not comfortable putting your work in public space.
  • If you are comfortable to post on public but prefer to contribute anonymously, you can change your wiki username. See #Using an alias as your UBC Wiki username
  • Avoid posting anything you don't want everyone to see. (For example: #Suggested_items_to_avoid_putting_on_wiki_pages only post what you feel comfortable showing to everyone.

More questions or need help about privacy in UBC Wiki?

If you have more questions or need help learning about privacy in UBC Wiki, please email at lt.hub@ubc.ca