Information security trends and issues in the Moodle E-learning platform: an ethnographic content analysis.


The problem statement for this study resides at the intersection of two recent and timely phenomena: e-learning and information security. According to an annual study commissioned by the Sloan Consortium (Allen and Seaman, 2010), e-learning has grown massively over the last decade (see Figure 1) and this growth appears to be continuing; recent projections suggest that by 2015, 86% of postsecondary students will take some or all of their classes online (Nagel, 2011, January 26).

An e-learning platform connected to the Internet is susceptible to the same types of attacks and human error as any other site, however, researchers (