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Name of the service Bios Online Course
Description of the service

Description of the service The BioS Online Course service is both a Content and a Learning Management System, based on the open courseware development platform Open edX (, delivered in the context of the European-Commission-funded project BioS (Project N°: 591945-EPP-1-2017-1-DE-EPPKA2-SSA, Grant Agreement no. 2017-3424/001-001, It offers free web-based courses in bioinformatics/Computational Biology for health professionals.

Data controller Bios consortium
Personal data processed
  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Country or region of residence
  • Year of birth
  • Level of education completed
  • Public username
  • User password
How your information is used

Bios Partners use information, including Personal Information, to carry out the following purposes:

  • Operate and improve the Bios VLE – This includes creating and improving features that support the Bios community and enable Bios VLE usage at scale. This also includes personalizing the Bios VLE, so your learning experience is tailored to your interests and needs.
  • Create, administer, provide, and teach courses – This includes creating and improving the delivery of massive open online courses and programs on Bios VLE. This also includes personalizing courses, so your learning experience is tailored to your interests and needs and assessing your performance and awarding certificates.
  • Offer and improve products and services – This includes enabling you to navigate the Bios VLE, to enroll and participate in courses and programs on the Bios VLE and to learn effectively in such courses and programs.
  • Develop and maintain the security and performance of the Bios VLE – This includes tracking Bios VLE outages and creating software solutions, detecting violations of the Honor Code and Terms of Service, and monitoring uses, misuses, and potential misuses of the Bios VLE.
  • Communicate with you – This includes answering your course and platform questions, notifying you of course and Bios VLE maintenance and updates, marketing to you about course offerings, programs, news, and related products and services of Bios project, and as permitted under applicable law, sending you communications about news and events of the Bios project that may be of interest to you.
  • Support scientific research including, for example, in the areas of cognitive science and education – This includes collaborating to enable and conduct research about how learners access and master course materials online, with the goal of improving course outcomes.
  • Track Bios VLE usage against goals and mission – This includes performing analytics to evaluate access to and performance in courses and course-related products and services and to report aggregate usage information (not Personal Information) to CarePartners and the European Commission.
  • Exercise, enforce, and comply with legal rights and obligations – This includes responding to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process; and investigating, preventing, or taking action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, security or technical issues, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Bios VLE, or others, and as otherwise required by applicable law.

Third parties to whom personal data is disclosed None
How to access, rectify and delete the personal data Contact the support at To rectify the data released by your Home Organisation, contact your Home Organisation's IT helpdesk
Data retention Personal data is deleted on request of the user
Data Protection Code of Conduct The processing of personal data shall always be in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).