Social Media: Teaching Tools or Potential Pitfalls?





Biron, Valérie
Roberge, Julie

Valérie Biron, legal counsel with the Fédération des CÉGEPs, reveals the various repercussions inherent in communicating and broadcasting information for educational purposes on social media. She also discusses the delicate issue of Websites or pages allowing students to criticize college faculty members and employees. After exploring a few legal concepts (duty of loyalty, respect for the reputation of others, freedom of expression, and the employer’s right to take action), she describes the pitfalls involved and how to avoid them. The watchword here is to take extra care when using the Web to interact with students and colleagues. A few cases in point illustrate the need for such caution.


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