Different institutions have different interpretations of applicable privacy laws, but one thing is clear: learner data is not a free-for-all.
Some institutions may allow for hosted course management solutions, others need local installations, yet others allow hybrids. We know, we have worked with 160 institutions.
The flow of data is a sensitive issue, and its integrity is an integral part of the architecture.
Recommendations for your course
How do you find appropriate content in a large repository? The same way that you find things in an online bookstore.
Online bookstores can do this, since they know what other customers put into the same shopping basket, and they know what you bought in the past. LON-CAPA knows the same things: it knows what other instructors put into the same chapters and the same assignments, and it knows what you selected in the past.
In addition, for interactive resources, LON-CAPA can give quality and effectiveness measures, since the close integration of repository and deployment allows for efficient usage tracking, data mining, and analytics.
Does this work? Analysis of selection data from the LON-CAPA repository yielded some 2.8 million association rules, which lead to useful recommendations. Analytics of the 200,000 problems in the pool are based on 138,320,000 student transactions. An end-to-end solution allows for data to flow back.