Athabasca Landing is a secure social media system operated by Athabasca University.
Like all social media, the Landing gains value as it allows users to meet, interact, support and encourage each other and their collaborative activities. In order to do this, you must be able to find others and work with them. For example, if a person discloses their interest in gardening, it helps other gardeners to find and communicate with them. However, we must also allow users to select the level(s) of privacy that they choose for the information they are releasing. The Elgg software engine that underpins the Landing allows individual users very fine control over the release of everything they post to the Landing. This is achieved through drop down menus that appear on almost every post, picture, bookmark, data field, and page that you create (at the time of writing, the Wire is the only exception). These permissions are described below:
By default, your name and username are visible to search engines. You are welcome to change the visible name (via your settings) to something more anonymous if you wish to hide your identity from others. Your username (usually a highly abbreviated form of your actual name) will always be visible in public otherwise the site could not work, but this does not constitute personal identifiable information unless you also allow your real name or other personal details to be visible and thus associated with it. All other profile information, including contact details, personal tags, your profile picture etc is subject to discretionary access control so that you can choose who gets to see what.
Note that anything that you deliberately make public (including comments made on publicly visible posts, that are labelled as such to help you to avoid doing so unwittingly) will be associated with your username, which will be visible to the public.
Like all systems maintained by Athabasca University it is technically possible for certain systems administrators to obtain access to records. Our staff are bound by legal, ethical and contractual obligations to not abuse this authority. The Landing software contains an application that allows systems administrators to "login as" an individual user. This feature will occasionally be used to help de-bug and troubleshoot problems in the system. We will not use this facility unless required to do so for technical or legal reasons and, wherever possible, we will use it in consultation with affected users. In addition, under extremely rare conditions, Athabasca University may be required, by a court order, to release personal information. Should this be required, information will only be released in accordance with the Province of Alberta's FOIP legislation.
We take our responsibilities to protect personal privacy extremely seriously and will do our best to protect your privacy to the full extent of what the law allows.
When you use Athabasca University's Web sites for program or services purposes, such as participating in online courses, requesting services, completing a questionnaire, or making payment, the personal information you provide for that program or service will be in compliance with sections 33(a) and 33(c) of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used only for the purpose it was collected. The information will be disclosed only in accordance with the provisions of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Regulation.
The Athabasca Landing site has links to outside Web pages. Please be aware that the University is not responsible for site content outside our Web sites, or the privacy policies of outside Web sites. We encourage you to read the individual privacy statements on each Web site you visit.
All Athabasca University web pages should be treated on an "as is" basis unless they contain the phrase "This is an official publication of Athabasca University". This privacy statement is intended to reflect the sites maintained by Athabasca University and it is subject to change.
The Landing is a social site for Athabasca University staff, students and invited guests. It is a space where they can share, communicate and connect with anyone or everyone.
Unless you are logged in, you will only be able to see the fraction of posts on the site that have been made public. Right now you are not logged in.
If you have an Athabasca University login ID, use your standard username and password to access this site.
We welcome comments on public posts from members of the public. Please note, however, that all comments made on public posts must be moderated by their owners before they become visible on the site. The owner of the post (and no one else) has to do that.
If you want the full range of features and you have a login ID, log in using the links at the top of the page or at https://landing.athabascau.ca/login (logins are secure and encrypted)
Posts made here are the responsibility of their owners and may not reflect the views of Athabasca University.
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