Empirical research on information security trends and practices in e-learning is scarce. Many articles that have been published apply basic information security concepts to e-learning and list potential threats or propose frameworks for classifying threats. The purpose of this research is to identify, categorize and understand trends and issues in information security in e-learning as reflected in the discussions on a ‘Security and Privacy’ discussion forum of the Moodle learning management system. Four primary themes were identified, as two-thirds of the security related threads on the discussion board addressed the following topics: authentication, permissions, attacks and Moodle configuration. This study should be of interest to educators in information systems management on several levels. First of all, as users and in some cases ad-hoc administrators of learning management systems, the themes and trends identified should increase awareness of security issues inherent in the platform. Secondly, this article serves as a descriptive case study on how security issues are described, discussed and dealt with by developers, users and administrators within the open source software development paradigm.
"Information Security Trends and Issues in the Moodle E-Learning Platform: An Ethnographic Content Analysis,"
Journal of Information Systems Education: Vol. 23
Available at: https://aisel.aisnet.org/jise/vol23/iss4/3
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