The Guide to Interactive App Selection (GIAS) is a resource created at the Teaching and Learning Commons to support faculty in making decisions about choosing applications that are privacy compliant and minimize the risk of information sharing for students, staff and faculty. GIAS has been created to help you make these decisions and recognize areas of potential risk.

Please watch the GIAS introductory video.

Key Takeaways:

  • What information is required to sign up?
  • Do students need to enter personal information to use the tool?
  • Is the data stored outside of Canada?
  • Are you downloading from the original app source?
  • Google the security risks of the app you are using. Is the app privacy compliant and minimize the risks of information sharing for you and your students?

A conversation about privacy and security at KPU

Please watch this video explaining online security and privacy concerns with Peter Siermacheski, Director of Business Services and Robert Ball, Director of Information Security.

How do I learn more about privacy and security at KPU?

The KPU Information Security Awareness website provides KPU faculty with the resources and training required to be more “Information Security Aware” for both Home and Office. You can find this site here at

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Gordon received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University and his Masters of Music in Composition for New Media from the London College of Music in the UK.  In 2015, Gordon completed a PhD in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University where his research explored multimodal composing practices, new musical literacies, and transformative music engagement in music video production with urban youth. His work as a music composer and sound designer has been showcased in numerous public venues, including two Olympic Games commissions (Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010), the VanDusen Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights, the New York City Ballet, and the Cedar Lake Ensemble, New York; and on television with The Knowledge Network, and the National Film Board of Canada where he was the recipient of a 2013 Leo Award nomination. Dr. Cobb is a part of the music faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he teaches music technology and music video production.  He is also a senior instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, where for the past 14 years he has taught piano, musical theatre, music technology, and music video production.  Gordon has implemented numerous innovative music programs at the Arts Umbrella, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, the Vancouver Biennale, and Cobb House Studio.  

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