The NROC Project
(Monterey Institute for Technology and Education)
Summary of our terms and statement of purpose
The NROC Project (NROC) is a national K-20 cooperative project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), a community-guided, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation focused on new models of digital content-development, distribution, and use.
If you are representing yourself as a person (i.e., as an individual, rather than a group, business, or corporation), you may access, utilize, and share all NROC content and applications at no cost.
If you represent an educational organization or agency (or any other corporate entity), The NROC Project would encourage you to contact us about options to support your needs. Typically, institutions become sustaining members, garnering legal rights to student data, unlimited use of custom tools and platforms, and additional membership privileges.
Other rights to NROC content and tools are negotiable, including rights granted under standardized terms (e.g., Creative Commons licenses). Contact us to learn more.
All content is licensed to or copyright © 2015 The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), a California non-profit corporation with its main website at http://www.montereyinstitute.org. In turn, MITE, through its national K-20 cooperative project known as The NROC Project (NROC), owns and operates several different websites (“Sites”) which provide educational content. These sites include, but are not limited to:
NROC seeks to meet society's need for access to effective, high-quality educational opportunities in an era of rapid economic, social, and personal change. As a non-profit institution, MITE supports its activities through fees paid by sustaining institutions. Institutions that become members receive access to materials and applications hosted or developed by NROC under the terms defined in their membership agreement. Individuals can access these same applications and materials for free through the public HippoCampus and EdReady sites.
We reserve the right to modify the Terms from time to time at our sole discretion. For example, we may amend the Terms to incorporate additional rules and policies as may be established by MITE from time to time. Please check the Terms periodically for changes. Your continued use of the Sites after the posting of changes constitutes your binding acceptance of such changes and you are bound by the Terms as modified with respect to all your subsequent uses of the Sites and NROC materials. If you do not agree to the amended terms, you must stop using the Sites and NROC materials.
Except where otherwise noted, MITE retains all rights to the materials distributed free-of-charge through any of the Sites. This means that unless otherwise noted, all web design, text, graphics, the selection and arrangement thereof, and all software compilations, underlying source code, software (including applets and Flash® media) and all other material on the Sites are either the copyright or trademark of MITE and its affiliates, or their content and technology providers. Note that some of our Sites link to materials located on external (non-NROC-controlled) websites – in these cases, NROC does not automatically exert the rights enumerated here.
Permission is granted to individuals to electronically access all materials through the Sites for personal, noncommercial, and educational purposes. Any other use of materials – including reproduction for purposes other than those noted above, modification, distribution, or re-publication – without the prior written permission of MITE is strictly prohibited. Institutional use of any form is strictly prohibited unless the institution is an NROC member, which grants access rights and associated privileges to NROC content subject to the terms of the membership agreement. Institutional use is defined as incorporation of links or content into institutionally hosted software applications, or incorporation of the content into a shared course or curriculum serving multiple sections/teachers. All unlicensed use by commercial vendors is prohibited. Institutional licensing options are defined in the Institutional Access and Memberships section below, or you may contact NROC for more information.
SOME, BUT NOT ALL of our materials made available at the Sites are distributed under Creative Commons licenses (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/). These materials are clearly marked at the bottom of the page with the specific Creative Commons license in force. Click the available icon or link where a Creative Commons license is used to learn more about these licenses.
In general, NROC supports the broadest possible use and re-use of our materials. Materials carrying a CC BY license are completely unrestricted but for required attribution to the NROC Project. The NROC Project requests that any attribution include a link back to the source material on one of our Sites.
Your rights to use, share, and adapt NROC materials under a CC license are those of a non-exclusive licensee, and you do not acquire copyright ownership with respect to any NROC materials. Again, not all materials on the Sites are available under a Creative Commons license – if the materials are not explicitly marked with a Creative Commons license, the default copyright policy detailed above applies.
"NROC", "National Repository of Online Courses", "HippoCampus", "MITE", "Monterey Institute for Technology and Education", “EdReady” and affiliated names, logos, and seals are trademarks of MITE. Except for purposes of attribution as required by our materials licensed under Creative Commons, you may not use these names or logos, or any variations thereof, without prior written consent. You may not use the MITE or NROC name in any of its forms nor any MITE or NROC seal or logo for promotional purposes, or in any way that deliberately or inadvertently claims, suggests, or in MITE's sole judgment gives the appearance or impression of a relationship with or endorsement by MITE or NROC.
For NROC materials published with a Creative Commons license, only those materials obtained directly from a MITE-owned site are endorsed by NROC. If you are using openly licensed materials that originated from NROC, it is your responsibility to verify that they are faithful copies of the original materials, assuming such validation is important to you. NROC cannot verify and is not responsible for the integrity of any content you obtain from any site other than an NROC site.
If you have adapted or altered the NROC materials in any manner, you are obligated to remove any trademarked names and logos if they might be construed to constitute endorsement of the materials by NROC. This obligation does not excuse you from giving proper attribution to NROC for the use of these materials. For avoidance of doubt, we recommend that you attribute NROC by using the phrase, “This resource was adapted from original materials provided by the NROC Project (http://www.thenrocproject.org).” We also ask that you provide a direct link back to the original source materials.
To the extent any materials on the Sites contain or include any MITE legal disclaimer, any MITE trademark, copyright, and/or other legal rights notices, and/or MITE source, identification, and/or attribution information (collectively "MITE Legal Notices"), you must keep intact all such MITE Legal Notices, and may not remove, alter, destroy, conceal, or otherwise temper or interfere with the same.
You agree to indemnify, save, and hold MITE, its affiliated companies, contractors, employees, agents and its third-party suppliers, licensors, and partners harmless from any claims, losses, damages, liabilities, including legal fees and expenses, arising out of your use or misuse of the Sites or any violation by you of the Terms.
“As is” and “As available”. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF ANY SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE WEBSITE AND ANY CONTENT, INFORMATION, OR REFERENCE SITES MADE AVAILABLE IN CONJUNCTION WITH OR THROUGH THE SITES ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable law, we reserve the right to terminate and/or limit access to the Sites and NROC Materials to users who infringe on our Intellectual Property or violate our Intellectual Property policies.
NROC encourages institutions and individuals to contact us regarding institutional access, customization, re-licensing, and co-branding of NROC materials. Members gain access and hosting privileges per the terms of their agreement for the content that is distributed via the Sites, as well as custom versions of Hippocampus and EdReady. There are two types of institutional licenses offered:
Contact NROC for more information at info@theNROCproject.org
NROC is also interested in working with anyone seeking to provide NROC-originated materials in alternative formats, in translation, or to underserved markets, whether for fee or free. Again, contact NROC for further information.
Screenshots of copyrighted computer software, for which the copyright is held by the author(s) or the company that created the software, is believed to fall under the fair use doctrine in the United States (and similar laws in other countries). It is believed that reproduction for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, or research is not copyright infringement. If you reuse screenshots, as well as any other information on MITE or NROC websites, you do so at your own risk and under the copyright laws of your country.
To the extent that it is useful, MITE grants, under the terms of a CC BY license, permission for anyone to capture and display static screenshots and stills of materials on the Sites, such as for information purposes. Consistent with the terms of a CC BY license, MITE does not endorse any such materials, and any MITE or NROC trademarks, seals or logos are excluded from these terms and may not be used without MITE's express permission at any time, except as a form of attribution, where appropriate.
As a rule, we have evaluated and deemed to be useful any links provided to third-party websites that you may find on the Sites. However, the presence of these links does not necessarily constitute MITE's endorsement, sponsorship, warranty, or approval of such linked websites or any product, service, or materials offered on such linked websites. MITE does not own or control such linked websites and does not warrant or guarantee that any product, service, or materials offered on such linked websites will be suitable for you. You access and use such linked websites entirely at your own risk. You acknowledge and agree that under no circumstances will MITE be responsible or liable in any way for any errors, omissions, conduct, or activity of such linked websites, or for any claims, losses, damages, or injuries of any kind incurred by you as a result of your use of or reliance upon any product, service, or materials offered on such linked websites.
MITE respects your privacy. MITE does not collect personally identifiable information about you on any Site unless you voluntarily provide it, such as when you create an account on HippoCampus, EdReady, or the NROC Network, send feedback to NROC, or respond to a survey. If you voluntarily provide your email address or other contact information, we might also use it to inform you of changes to Sites,to survey you about your use or opinion of the Sites, or to ask for your support. At your request, we will remove your contact information from our files.
We do not make your contact information or any other personally identifiable information available to anyone outside MITE or its service providers (who use the information only for authorized NROC purposes) unless we are legally required to do so. Note that institutional versions of EdReady are subject to some additional terms, detailed here.
In addition to the above, we collect certain anonymous (non-personally identifiable) information to help us improve the EdReady and HippoCampus web sites and to evaluate the access and use of EdReady and HippoCampus materials and the impact of EdReady and HippoCampus on the educational community:
When we report information about EdReady and HippoCampus access, use, and impact, we report aggregate, non-personally identifiable data. Occasionally, we report quoted feedback from users. We do not attribute feedback to specific individuals unless we obtain permission to use that person's name along with the feedback.
If you are accessing and using one of the institutional versions of EdReady, additional data may be collected, and additional rights of access to your data may apply. Institutional versions of EdReady can be identified by additional branding and text, as well as by the inclusion of additional specification in the URL (i.e., any identifying text other than ’edready’) As a rule, institutional versions of EdReady allow for authorized personnel from the identified institution to require additional information (including personally identifiable information (PII)) from you and to access the data you provide to EdReady, in addition to the other rights of access enumerated here. Those institutions are obligated to protect your privacy under the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended and under the respective institution’s policies concerning educational record privacy, and your data may only be used for legitimate educational and evaluation purposes. If you self-register for an institutional version of EdReady, you are asked to agree to these terms upon signing up. If you were pre-registered for an institutional version, the institution involved has asserted rights and responsibilities for your education that include rights to access your data on EdReady. Note that none of these additional rights alters your ownership of your data. Barring any external factors beyond NROC’s control, you have the right to close your account and delete your data from EdReady at any time.
You are granted a limited, non-exclusive right to create a text hyperlink to the Sites for non-commercial purposes, provided such link does not portray MITE or The NROC Project in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise defamatory manner or light, and provided further that the linking site does not contain any adult or illegal material or any material that is, in MITE’s or The NROC Project’s sole opinion, offensive, harassing or otherwise objectionable. This limited right may be revoked at any time. You may not use MITE or The NROC Project logos or our other proprietary graphics to link to the Sites without the express prior written permission of MITE or The NROC Project. Except as expressly stated above, you are not conveyed any right or license by implication, usage, custom, estoppel or otherwise in or under any Intellectual Property or other proprietary right of MITE or The NROC Project or any third party.
On occasion, we may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit the Sites. These companies may use general information (i.e., information that does not include your name, address, email address, or any other PII) about your visits to our web site in order to provide advertisements about services of interest to you. Ad-network cookies may be used to inform the network about whether or not an advertisement has been served to the same computer before, and if so, when the advertisement was served. MITE does not monitor such third-party content and we are not responsible or liable in any manner for such third-party content, or for any loss, liability, harm, or damages incurred as a result of your use or access to such third-party content. Such third-party content is provided “as is” and you use such third-party content at your own risk.
For those wishing to create a free instructor account on HippoCampus, we request PII related to the user’s teaching position, including name, email address, position, school name, state, and subject of interest. We do not collect postal addresses or phone numbers. NROC may use that information to email account holders to let them know about updates to the site or new collections that have been added, or to request the user’s input about the site’s usefulness and how it might be improved.
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the PII submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. Although we do not share PII with third parties, we reserve the right to disclose your PII as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our site.
The Sites may include public or restricted-access interactive areas or services, such as email systems, discussion forums, chat rooms, message boards, online hosting or storage services, mobile applications, tablet applications, or other areas or services ("Interactive Areas") in which you or other users create, post, or store any content, messages, materials, data, information, text, music, sound, photos, video, graphics, code, or other items or materials on the Sites ("User Content"). Interactive Areas are provided "as is". You are solely responsible for your use of such Interactive Areas and use them at your own risk.
If you post User Content, you agree that your User Content will be accessible and viewable by others. You agree not to post, upload to, transmit, distribute, store, create, or otherwise publish through the Sites any of the following:
a) User Content that is unlawful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, suggestive, harassing, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory, fraudulent, or otherwise objectionable;
b) User Content that would constitute a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, or that would otherwise create liability or violate any local, state, national, or international law;
c) User Content that may infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other intellectual or proprietary right of any party;
d) User Content that impersonates any person or entity or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity;
e) Any unauthorized commercial use such as, but not limited to, engaging in unsolicited promotions, political campaigning, advertising, commercial hyperlinking off of the Sites, or collecting names and email addresses for the purpose of sending unsolicited emails;
f) Private information of any third party, including, without limitation, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Security numbers, and credit card numbers;
g) Viruses, corrupted data or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files; and
h) User Content that, in the sole judgment of MITE or The NROC Project, is objectionable or which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Interactive Areas or the Sites, or which may expose MITE or its users to any harm or liability of any type.
You acknowledge and agree that, except for User Content submitted in an Interactive Area, any information or materials, including but not limited to questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, plans, notes, drawings, original or creative materials, images, or other information regarding the Sites or the NROC materials provided by you by participating in surveys hosted by MITE or The NROC Project, or any third party vendors, on the Sites or other sites, in the form of email, or any other submissions, are non-confidential and shall be the sole property of MITE, and that upon submission of such materials you thereby assign without additional consideration all rights, title, or interest you may hold in such information and materials to MITE and The NROC Project. MITE shall own exclusive rights, including all intellectual property rights, and shall be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of the submission information and materials for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you.
This section constitutes MITE's Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Statement. MITE, prior to making any materials publicly available on the Sites, has reviewed all materials extensively to determine the correct ownership of the materials and obtain the appropriate licenses to make the materials available. MITE will promptly remove any material that is determined to be infringing on the rights of others. If you believe that a portion of NROC materials infringes another's copyright, contact us via email or write to us at:
MITE: Copyright Infringement, P.O. Box 890, Marina, CA 93933
If you do not include an electronic signature with your claim, you may be asked to send or fax a follow-up copy with a signature. To file the notification, you must be either the copyright owner of the work or an individual authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner. Your notification must include:
NROC allows individuals to create a personal account on the public version of EdReady. By registering for an account, you agree that you are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. You agree that the information you provide to NROC will be true, accurate, current, and complete.
You own the data you directly provide to EdReady, including any personal information you provide during sign-up and data provided during subsequent use of the application. NROC will store these data on your behalf as long as the account remains active. You may export your data (as a csv file) at any time.
You may terminate your EdReady account at any time by following the instructions on your account page. If you terminate your account, NROC will no longer store the data you provided directly in any identifiable form. However, NROC will retain aggregate and anonymized statistics gathered while you were using the site, and NROC reserves the right to generate reports on EdReady use and outcomes that include your (anonymized) data. By using EdReady, you grant to NROC these rights to utilize your data in the manner described.
You also agree that NROC may, in its sole discretion and without prior notice, terminate your access to the Site, for cause, which includes, but is not limited to: (1) any suspected fraudulent, abusive, or illegal activity; (2) requests by law enforcement or other government agencies; (3) discontinuance or material modification of the Site or any service offered on or through the Site; or (4) unexpected technical issues or problems.
NROC works closely with a variety of educational institutions (e.g., programs, schools, districts, colleges, state systems) and other partners, any of which may sponsor a custom EdReady account. Not all institutional versions allow for self-registration, but in cases where self-registration is enabled, notwithstanding the fact that your account details will also be accessible to authorized personnel at the sponsoring institution, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. You agree that the information you provide to NROC will be true, accurate, current, and complete. In cases where your account on an institutional version of EdReady is created for you, you are subject to the rights and responsibilities imposed by that institution.
You own the data you directly provide to an institutional version of EdReady, including any personal information you provide during sign-up and data provided during subsequent use of the application. However, in most cases, you will also grant a license to MITE and the institutional sponsor to access, store, and utilize those data according to institutional regulations and legal obligations. NROC will store these data on your behalf, as well as those of the institutional sponsor, as long as the account remains active. You may export your data (as a csv file) at any time.
You may terminate your account on an institutional version of EdReady at any time by following the instructions on your account page. If you terminate your account, NROC will no longer store the data you provided directly in any identifiable form. However, NROC will retain aggregate and anonymized statistics gathered while you were using the site, and NROC reserves the right to generate reports on EdReady use and outcomes that include your (anonymized) data. By using EdReady, you grant to NROC these rights to utilize your data in the manner described. Furthermore, copies of your data may be retained and utilized by the institutional sponsor, subject to any limitations on those data imposed by institutional regulations and legal obligations.
You also agree that NROC may, in its sole discretion and without prior notice, terminate your access to any institutional version of EdReady, for cause, which includes, but is not limited to: (1) any suspected fraudulent, abusive, or illegal activity; (2) requests by law enforcement or other government agencies; (3) discontinuance or material modification of the Site or any service offered on or through the Site; or (4) unexpected technical issues or problems.
NROC allows members to create custom HippoCampus pages. In order to create a custom page, you must register for an account. By registering for an account, you agree that you are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. You agree that the information you provide to NROC will be true, accurate, current, and complete.
You agree that NROC may, in its sole discretion and without prior notice, terminate your access to the Site, for cause, which includes, but is not limited to: (1) any suspected fraudulent, abusive, or illegal activity; (2) requests by law enforcement or other government agencies; (3) discontinuance or material modification of the Site or any service offered on or through the Site; or (4) unexpected technical issues or problems.
IN NO EVENT SHALL MITE OR THE NROC PROJECT, THEIR DIRECTORS, AFFILIATES, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF PROFITS OR LOSS OF DATA, WHETHER IN AN ACTION IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE), EQUITY OR OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITES OR THE NROC MATERIALS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY OR RESULTING FROM RELIANCE BY USER ON ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM MITE OR THE NROC PROJECT, OR THAT RESULT FROM MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELETION OF FILES OR EMAIL, ERRORS, DEFECTS, VIRUSES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, WHETHER OR NOT RESULTING FROM ACTS OF GOD, COMMUNICATIONS FAILURE, THEFT, DESTRUCTION, OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO THE UNIVERSITY'S RECORDS, PROGRAMS, OR SERVICES. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF MITE OR THE NROC PROJECT, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WHETHER ACTIVE, PASSIVE, OR IMPUTED), PRODUCT LIABILITY, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHER THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITES OR THE NROC MATERIALS, EXCEED ANY COMPENSATION YOU PAY, IF ANY, FOR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SITES.
If you have any questions about these Terms, or about any other aspect of the Sites and NROC, please contact us:
The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education
P.O. Box 890
Marina CA 93933