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General Internet Issues

Taking a course on the Internet, while similar to a face-to-face class, also has some unique features. This different environment requires some new principles. Following are my general principles that I use across my on-line courses.

Other policies regarding Internet activities will be found on the Course website.

A. Privacy Matters.

The Internet may change or challenge notions of what is private and what is not. I prefer to provide disclosure up front so you know what the possibilities are. Although the course is protected by a password, such tools are not perfect as human beings are using them.

You are relatively protected by the password but no one can guarantee privacy on-line. Part of the privacy for every student depends on the actions of each individual student.

B. On-line discussion.

On-line discussion is generally looser and more free-flowing than face-to-face. I ask that everyone exercise a basic respect for one another, to be defined more explicitly by the group. I do not worry about spelling and grammar in discussion boards but I do expect it in formal papers. I hope you will jump in with both feet and obtain the advantages of on-line interaction for yourself.

C. Intellectual Property.

It is a common misconception that material on the Internet is free. Even if a copyright notice is not present, work is the property of the creator. I expect you will post only material that is yours by right of creation unless you give proper credit and indications. The plagiarism policy applies on the Internet too. Images, sounds and other multimedia are included in copyright law. (For example, professionally done photos as for high school yearbooks belong to the photographer. You only purchase copies.) It is common to receive E-mails with amusing articles or other materials. Be aware that it might be an illegal copy and exercise caution in forwarding it. It may also contain a virus.

On the plus side, ideas cannot be copyrighted, so you can share the most important part of a website as long as it is in your own words or interpretation.

D. Interaction

In both the face-to-face and the Internet class you make a commitment to the others participating in that form to contribute and help them as you are helped by their ideas and discussion. I consider the student-to-student relationship to be as important a part of learning as the instructor-student relationship.

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