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When adding students, the system asks age ranges. But is that really the right question to ask? I teach college and some of my students are 17. To register for college, their parents have signed a consent form acknowledging that their child will be treated like any other college student, subject only to FERPA. To my way of thinking, that means that they should then be able to sign into 3D GameLab on their own like the other students in my class, since it IS a class requirement, and not require parental approval for access. But right now, as it is, 17 year old college students are being held to the tighter COPPA restrictions in GameLab despite having waived those rights before signing up for the class in which GameLab is being used.

Can the system be modified to acknowledge that some students may not be 18 but their parents have already agreed to waive their COPPA rights?
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  • I’m excited that we have so many smart people involved in GameLab.
    The reason we ask for age range is because the two laws that govern access, collection of information, and visibility are specifically related to the age of the student. We will certainly revisit the way we employ COPPA rights and how they are both legally administrated and best serve our students throughout the further development of the tool. These were supported and sustained by our university legal department and meet the current needs of our institution. However, you bring up some interesting ideas that warrant further discussion.

    For the time being, they will likely remain as they have been developed but you've given us food for thought.
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  • This may be a bigger issue at community colleges since we see quite a few high school students who want to jump start their college career by taking a class or two in their senior year. And in Arizona there is a new graduation route called the Grand Canyon Diploma whereby students as young as 15 can essentially test out of high school and go directly to a community college. http://www.arizonaeducationnetwork.co...

    They (or rather their parents) will have to sign the waiver allowing them to be covered by FERPA rather than COPPA as well. So I expect to see more under 18s in my classes in a few years, and I don't think I'll be alone. The Grand Canyon diploma is also called the "Move On When Ready" plan, and since that is also the philosophy of GameLab, I hope that GameLab will be able to find a way to accommodate these students.
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  • The "Move on When Ready Plan is compelling. Thank you for all the background and information. Will have to investigate this further.
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