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This set of policies is a sample formatted for general information and to be accessible via the WWW. This sample is subject to modification for any particular semester although the general format is likely to be similar for your course. If you register for the course, you will receive the current version from the instructor.

General Internet Issues

In some terms, some or all of the course (depending on which section you are registered in) may take place on the Internet. This different environment requires some new principles.

Courses offered entirely on-line (aka Internet-based courses) require that students have reliable and regular access to the Internet. The Internet section is constructed with minimal face-to-face or synchronous meeting requirements. It does require proctored exams (arrangements made upon registering). 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 isn't. 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. Courses with face-to-face and on-line sections

Face-to-face (F2F) students are encouraged to participate in the on-line activities that the on-line (section 700) students are required to do. The more we all share our ideas, the more we all learn.

Although it depends on the particular term, if I have both a f2f and an on-line section I generally structured such sections so that students can switch to the other environment (and requirements) following each exam. If you decide to try the other mode of learning provide me a handwritten note stating your commitment. (I have to adjust grading processes.) If you choose to switch you enjoy the full consequences of any improvement or decrement in your performance. That is to say, go into it with your eyes wide open.

In either environment 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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