Gooru Navigator Compliance

Gooru Navigator is compliant with important federal and state regulations designed to safeguard data. We are committed to being a trusted partner to help schools, institutions, and learning providers meet their compliance obligations under applicable laws. 

Our mission is based on the belief that education is a human right. This core belief translates to an incredibly high bar that we set when it comes to privacy, security, accessibility, ownership of data, and interoperability of systems. 

In these endeavors, our aim is not compliance for its own sake, but rather to further our mission to provide the best education to anyone, no matter who the learners are, where they live, what technology they have available, and what differing abilities they may have. All the while ensuring that the rich data that is required to support a truly personalized learning experience is kept private and safe.

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Overview

Learning is highly personal, and adaptive learning applications require an ever-deeper understanding of the learner to provide the required personalization. These same tools and data that can personalize learning can be nefariously used in other applications too, most easily within advertising, where a knowledge of the best way to introduce new ideas to an individual is highly sought after. At Gooru we recognize these risks and have chosen to address them by setting an incredibly high bar when it comes to data privacy and ownership. In short, you, as a learner, own and have full control of your data.

The Bar We Have Set

  • You own your data
  • You have full control over what data you choose to share, for how long, and with whom.
  • You have the right to be forgotten

Detailed Compliance Information

  • Learners and Institutions own their data. All data that is generated in the tenancy of an institution is owned by the institution. Learners’ proficiency, portfolio, preferences, and their metrics such as grit, perseverance, motivation, etc. are owned by the learners
  • Users and Institutions grant permission to Gooru to use the data generated by the users in their tenancy  to curate content and to personalize pathways and make reroute recommendations for the learners
  • Gooru adheres to GDPR compliance requirements. 
  • Gooru Navigator provides the users the ability to determine how their data is managed within Navigator, determine who has access to their data, and request deletion of data (“right to be forgotten”).
  • Gooru adheres to privacy requirements defined under FERPA and COPPA. As per FERPA School Official exception, school districts are authorized to share student data with Gooru
  • Gooru Navigator requires minimal data about learners that are deemed Personally Identifiable Information. Navigator requires only First Name, Last Name, Email id, and Year of birth at the time of sign-in, and only First Name, Last Name and a reference id for the user via roster sync with institutions’ SIS
  • We do not use or disclose learner data collected through Gooru Navigator for behavioral targeting of advertisements to learners.
  • We require that our vendors and service providers are bound through a written contract to maintain the same level of privacy protections as we do in our agreements
  • Gooru is IMS Global’s TrustEd certified.

Read Goorus privacy policy here: https://gooru.org/about/privacy-policy/

Overview

Gooru implements robust access control, authentication, data integrity, and content protection both in the hosting infrastructure of its applications and also within the application. Gooru adheres to the highest industry standards in maintaining the security of data both at rest and in transit.

The Bar We Have Set

  • We will follow best practices to ensure security 
  • We will adhere to the highest industry standards
  • We will design and develop with security in mind

Detailed Information

  • Gooru is currently working towards supporting SOC2 compliance for its data security.
  • Confidentiality—only individuals with authorization can access data and information assets.
  • Integrity—data systems are kept intact, accurate, and complete, IT systems are kept operational.
  • Availability—users are able to access information or systems when needed.

Overview

Gooru’s mission is to support the human right to education. With that mission, Gooru Navigator is designed to support life-long learning for all types of learners including users with various accessibility needs. Our goal is to develop a tool that anyone, no matter their ability, to be able to locate themselves and find a path to any learning destination. While we don’t have control of the content being used, we do track the accessibility of content so that if a learner does require it we are able to provide the most suitable content that is available.  

The Bar We Have Set

  • Provide a WCAG2.1 level AA / Section 508 compliant Navigator tool
  • Assess content for accessibility and always promote the most suitable content
  • To create incentive mechanisms for content creators to generate accessible content.

Detailed Information

  • Gooru Navigator, as a platform currently is WCAG Level A compliant and will be Level AA compliant by July 2021. 
    • Non-text Content: Provide text alternatives for non-text content that serves the same purpose.
    • Audio-only and Video-only (Pre-recorded): Provide an alternative to video-only and audio-only content.
    • Captions (Pre-recorded) Provide captions for videos with audio.
    • Audio Description or Media Alternative (Pre-recorded): Provide audio description or text transcript for videos with sound.
    • Info and Relationships: Content, structure and relationships can be programmatically determined.
    • Meaningful Sequence: Present content in a meaningful order.
    • Sensory Characteristics: Instructions don’t rely solely on sensory characteristics.
    • Use of Colour: Don’t use presentation that relies solely on colour.
    • Audio Control: Don’t play audio automatically.
    • Keyboard: All functionality is accessible by keyboard with no specific timings.
    • No Keyboard Trap: Users can navigate to and from all content using a keyboard.
    • Character Key Shortcuts Allow users to turn off or remap single-key character shortcuts.
    • Timing Adjustable: Provide user controls to turn off, adjust or extend time limits.
    •  Pause, Stop, Hide: Provide user controls to pause, stop and hide moving and auto-updating content.
    • Three Flashes or Below Threshold: No content flashes more than three times per second.
    • Bypass Blocks: Provide a way for users to skip repeated blocks of content.
    • Page Titled: Use helpful and clear page titles.
    • Focus Order: Components receive focus in a logical sequence.
    • Link Purpose (In Context): Every link’s purpose is clear from its text or context.
    • Focus Visible: Keyboard focus is visible when used.
    • Language of Page: Page has a language assigned
    • On Focus: Elements do not change when they receive focus
    • On Input: Elements do not change when they receive input
    • Error Identification: Clearly identify input errors
    • Labels or Instructions: Label elements and give instructions
    • Parsing No major code errors
    • Name, Role, Value: Build all elements for accessibility
  • Gooru does not create content itself, but Gooru Navigator includes tools to support any content that addresses accessibility needs

Overview

Learners and Institutions own their data. Gooru Navigator aggregates data from the tools that schools, districts, and institutions already use to build a Data Lake. The data in Data Lake is owned by the school or district.

The Bar We Have Set

  • You own your data
  • You have full control over what data you choose to share, for how long, and to whom.
  • You have the right to be forgotten

Detailed Information

  • All data that is generated in the tenancy of an institution is owned by the institution. Learners’ proficiency, portfolio, preferences, and metrics such as grit, perseverance, motivation, etc. are owned by the learners. 
  • Users and Institutions grant permission to Gooru to use the data generated by the users in their tenancy  to curate content and to personalize pathways and make reroute recommendations for the learners

Overview

Institutions use a diverse set of content and tools to support their practices and students’ learning. Navigator is a data backbone that aggregates data from all the different tools that are currently in use by the school districts and institutions to locate the learner, provide consolidated insights to stakeholders and compute usage and efficacy metrics of the individual tools to help with decision making. 

The Bar We Have Set

  • We believe you should own all your data, but for it to be usable it needs to be interoperable.
  • We support globally recognized interoperability standards.
  • We will take a leadership role to generate interoperability standards where they don’t exist.

Detailed Information

  • Gooru Navigator supports multiple industry standards to enable data interchange with any existing SIS, LMS, and tools that are employed by the districts and institutions. Gooru Navigator supports industry standards for SSO, Roster sync, Competency Frameworks, Content, Tools, Micro-credentialing, etc
  • Roster Users: OneRoster 1.1
  • Competency Frameworks: CaSS, CASE
  • Learner Identity: CLR, ILR
  • Open or Premium Content: Thin-CC, LTI-RS SCORM,  xAPI
  • Assessment Systems: Caliper Analytics, xAPI, LRS
  • VR/AR/Tools Providers: LTI-A xAPI, LRS
  • Adaptive Pathways: IEEE AIS
  • Micro Credentialing: Open Badges, xAPI, LRS

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