E Learning Security
Guide to Elearning security – securing e-learning courses
What is elearning security?
Elearning security is the security that is applied to materials that comprise study notes, references, demonstrations, and similar that together make up one or more courses in education or in training.
It is not for this article to debate what is learning or education or training. Those are semantic debates for the cognoscenti.
But the security that we are talking about is the protection of the underlying materials that are used for these purposes in order to prevent the piracy of them.
Whilst in education there is a very serious requirement to make information freely available to all, there is also the counterpoint that there are occasions where the personal knowledge of the lecturer belongs to them (an insight, an analysis, precursors to as yet unpublished work that may be significant for their careers) and that information has to be both published and protected all at the same time.
So e-learning security seems to require that some information is public and remains public, whilst other information is actually private, and requires controls to be applied to it.
One example of elearning security would be the need to be able to provide protection to some of the information (that represents the specific expertise of the lecturer) whilst making the publicly available information publicly accessible. So the course notes of a lecturer would need to be privilege whilst the references to work that is publicly available should not b protected.
Any mechanism that is providing elearning security needs to be able to honor both regimes at the same time. If it does not, then it would be in violation with internationally accepted legal principles. So if a control system is not flexible enough to be able to protect only the correct portions of the information then it is not adequate for the purpose.
Using Safeguard PDF Security or Protector Web Content Security, publishers of electronic training materials can protect their intellectual property published in the PDF or HTML formats. Courses can be made available for a specific length of time or number of uses, and the number of prints can be limited or prevented altogether. Publishers can price their courses according to the functionality enabled or limitations imposed, offering more attractive options to customers. Better still, updates can be delivered instantly over the web without fear of them getting into the wrong hands.
Whilst DRM has been seen as a negative addition in the music and video industries, DRM in the online training industry has been welcomed with open arms by many users. The reasoning behind this is that when you are paying upwards of $1000 for a course, you do not want to see others bidding $5 for it on auction sites.
For the publisher, the protection of elearning courses provides a significant increase in their bottom line and the opening of new revenue streams, whilst at the same time benefiting from reduced costs in terms of overheads and distribution.
Download elearning security software
Download DRM software that prevents unauthorized use and misuse of your elearning courses.
Control who can view your elearning courses, what they can do with them (copy, print, etc.) and when they can no longer be viewed (expire).
Or see our secure elearning demo to see how Locklizard elearning security can be integrated into your elearning content management system (login as Guest to view the secure elearning content).