Monterey Institute for Technology and Education

Terms of Use and Privacy Policies

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THE FOLLOWING TERMS OF SERVICE. ACCESSING, BROWSING, OR USING OUR WEBSITES IMPLIES THAT YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS, INCLUDING ANY ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES AND FUTURE MODIFICATIONS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “TERMS”).

Terms of Use

Links to Third-Party Sites

Privacy Policy

Infringement Notification

EdReady Accounts

HippoCampus Accounts

Contact Us

Terms of Use

All content is licensed to or copyright © Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE).

The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), a California non-profit corporation, owns and operates several different websites (the Sites) which provide educational content. These sites include but are not limited to:

MITE 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 to its membership consortium, the National Repository of Online Courses Network (NROC). Whether they are sustaining members or not, institutions that become members of the NROC Network receive access to materials and applications hosted or developed by MITE under the terms defined in their membership agreement. Individuals can access most of these same applications and materials for free through the public HippoCampus and EdReady sites.

The following terms and conditions, together with our Privacy Policy, DMCA Statement, and such other documents referenced or incorporated herein, constitute the Terms of Use ("Terms") that govern your use of all MITE-owned sites ("the Sites"). PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE TERMS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING ANY OF THE SITES. By using any of the Sites, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the Terms in its entirety and agree to be bound by its terms. If you do not agree to any of the terms contained in the Terms, please refrain from using these Sites. If you are a parent or legal guardian of a minor (i.e., a person under the age of 18), you understand and acknowledge that use of these Sites by such minor is governed by and subject to the Terms.

Changes to Terms

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 site 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 MITE materials.

Intellectual Property

Copyright Policy

Except where otherwise noted, MITE retains all rights to the materials distributed free-of-charge through any of the Sites, including Hippocampus. 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, notably EdReady, links to materials located on external (non-MITE-controlled) websites in these cases, MITE 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 Network member, which grants access rights and associated privileges to MITE 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 MITE for more information.

Materials Licensed under Creative Commons

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 licensing icon in force (see below), or, if necessary, with the generic Creative Commons icon:

In cases where the generic Creative Commons (CC) icon is used, the specific license in force will depend on the resource in question and can be identified by clicking any link attached to the icon and/or associated licensing text. Of the various CC licenses that are available, only the following CC licenses are currently in use on any MITE Sites:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY) License

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA) License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA) License

Please note that MITE understands that the Noncommercial (NC) restriction on this Creative Commons license precludes institutional use of the materials, including by governments, corporations, public entities, and businesses, whether for-profit or non-profit. Institutional use is deemed to be commercial use when the materials are downloaded en masse, stored on institutional servers, or otherwise incorporated into institutional resources (including learning-management or student-information systems) or distributed directly via institutional channels. In keeping with this interpretation, MITE encourages all individual (e.g., students, teachers, general public) use of the materials on HippoCampus, subject to the terms of this Creative Commons deed. MITE offers licenses for use of its materials (such as those seen on HippoCampus) by institutions.

Your rights to use, share, and adapt MITE materials under a CC license are those of a non-exclusive licensee, and you do not acquire copyright ownership with respect to any MITE materials. Again, not all materials on Hippocampus or the other 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.

MITE Trademarks and Service Marks

"MITE", "Monterey Institute for Technology and Education","HippoCampus", "National Repository of Online Courses", "NROC", and affiliated names, logos, and seals are trademarks of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education. Except for purposes of attribution as required by our materials licensed under Creative Commons, you may not use MITE's names or logos, or any variations thereof, without prior written consent of MITE. You may not use the MITE name in any of its forms nor MITE seals or logos 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.

Additional Notices Regarding MITE Trademarks and Service Marks for Materials Licensed under Creative Commons

For MITE materials published with a Creative Commons license, only those materials obtained directly from a MITE-owned site are endorsed by MITE. If you are using openly licensed materials that originated from MITE, it is your responsibility to verify that they are faithful copies of the original materials, assuming such validation is important to you. MITE cannot verify and is not responsible for the integrity of any content you obtain from any site other that a MITE site.

If you have adapted or altered the MITE 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 MITE. This obligation does not excuse you from giving proper attribution to MITE for the use of these materials. For avoidance of doubt, we recommend that you attribute MITE by using the phrase, “This resource was adapted from original materials provided by the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (http://www.montereyinstitute.org/).” We also ask that you provide a direct link back to the original source materials.

Legal Notices

To the extent any materials on the Sites contain or include any MITE legal disclaimers, MITE's trademark, copyright, and/or other legal rights notices, and/or MITE's 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 MITE 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.

Institutional Access and Memberships

MITE encourages institutions and individuals to contact MITE regarding institutional access, customization, and co-branding of MITE materials, including EdReady. NROC Network members gain access and hosting privileges per the terms of their agreement for the same content that is distributed via Hippocampus and other Sites, as well as a custom version of EdReady. There are two types of institutional licenses offered:

  1. NROC Network Membership--Use license primarily for academic institutions such as public and private schools and school systems, districts, state departments of education, federal departments of education, and non-profit educational institutions.

  2. NROC Vendor License--Use license for businesses, both for-profit and non-profit.

Contact MITE for more information at info@montereyinstitute.org

MITE is also interested in working with anyone seeking to provide MITE-originated materials in alternative formats, in translation, or to underserved markets, whether for fee or free. Again, contact MITE for further information.

Screenshots

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 Hippocampus and other MITE 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 Hippocampus or the other Sites, such as for information purposes. Consistent with the terms of a CC BY license, MITE does not endorse any such materials, and the MITE logos (including NROC, Hippocampus, and others) 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.

Links to Third-Party Sites

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.

Privacy Policy

MITE respects your privacy. MITE does not collect personally identifiable information about you on Hippocampus, EdReady, or any other Site unless you voluntarily provide it, such as when you create an account on HippoCampus, EdReady, or the NROC Network, send feedback to MITE, 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 MITE, NROC, EdReady, or HippoCampus, 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 MITE 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:

  • We collect information you provide about your use of and satisfaction with EdReady and HippoCampus through email you send us, through the EdReady and HippoCampus feedback forms, and through EdReady and HippoCampus surveys, whether or not you voluntarily include your contact information.

  • We may use web analysis tools that are built into the EdReady and HippoCampus web sites to measure and collect anonymous session information.

  • We also use "cookies" to improve your EdReady and HippoCampus web experiences and to collect anonymous information about how you use EdReady and HippoCampus. However, cookies are not required for HippoCampus use. If your browser is configured not to accept cookies, you will still be able to access HippoCampus and its content. These cookies do not and cannot provide HippoCampus or MITE with any personally identifiable information about an Internet user. EdReady requires you to create a user account to benefit from its personalized learning capabilities.

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.

EdReady Institutional Versions: If you are accessing and using one of the institutional versions of EdReady, additional rights of access to your data 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 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 as well, 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 MITE’s control, you have the right to close your account and delete your data from EdReady at any time.

Commercial or External Links: The appearance of hyperlinks within EdReady and HippoCampus does not necessarily constitute endorsement by EdReady, HippoCampus, or the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education. Please note that once you have used these links to leave our site, we may not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Optional User Accounts for Hippocampus: For those wishing to create a free instructor account on HippoCampus, we request personally identifiable information 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. HippoCampus and MITE 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.

Security of Information: We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information 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 personally identifiable information with third parties, we reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information 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.

Changes to This Privacy Policy: EdReady, HippoCampus, and MITE may find it necessary to update this Privacy Policy from time to time. Any changes will be posted at this site. Except as otherwise required by law, any modifications made to this Privacy Policy will not materially affect the privacy of data collected by EdReady, HippoCampus, or MITE prior to the effective date of the policy change. By using this website you agree to be bound by the terms of this Privacy Policy set forth herein. We may make changes to our Privacy Policy at any time. We encourage you to review our website and these terms periodically for any updates or changes. Your continued access or use of our website shall be deemed your acceptance of these changes and the reasonableness of these standards for notice of changes. If you do not agree and/or no longer agree to be bound by the terms of our Privacy Policy, you may not use and must immediately cease your use of the website. The terms of our Privacy Policy (and any additional Terms of Use set forth on this website) constitute the entire agreement between you and MITE with respect to the websites. If you have any questions or comments regarding our Privacy Policy, contact us at info@montereyinstitute.org.

Infringement Notification

This section constitutes MITE's Digital Millenium 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 MITE materials infringes another's copyright, contact us via email or write to us at:

MITE HippoCampus: 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:

  1. Identification of the copyrighted work, or, in the case of multiple works at the same location, a representative list of such works at that site.

  2. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity. You must include sufficient information, such as a specific URL or other specific identification, for us to locate the materials.

  3. Information for us to be able to contact the claimant (e.g., email address, phone number).

  4. A statement that the claimant believes that the use of the materials has not been authorized by the copyright owner or an authorized agent.

  5. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and that the claimant is, or is authorized to act on behalf of, the copyright owner.

EdReady Accounts

Individual EdReady Accounts. MITE 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 MITE will be true, accurate, current, and complete.

Your Data in Edready. 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. MITE 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.

Termination of Your EdReady Account. You may terminate your EdReady account at any time by following the instructions on your account page. If you terminate your account, MITE will no longer store the data you provided directly in any identifiable form. However, MITE will retain aggregate and anonymized statistics gathered while you were using the site, and MITE reserves the right to generate reports on EdReady use and outcomes that include your (anonymized) data. By using EdReady, you grant to MITE these rights to utilize your data in the manner described.

You also agree that MITE 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.

Accounts for Institutional Versions of EdReady. MITE 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 MITE 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.

Your Data in an Institutional Version of EdReady. 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 the institutional sponsor to access, store, and utilize those data according to institutional regulations and legal obligations. MITE will store these data on your behalf, as well as that of theinstitutional sponsor, as long as the account remains active. You may export your data (as a csv file) at any time.

Termination of Your Account for an Institutional Version of EdReady. 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, MITE will no longer store the data you provided directly in any identifiable form. However, MITE will retain aggregate and anonymized statistics gathered while you were using the site, and MITE reserves the right to generate reports on EdReady use and outcomes that include your (anonymized) data. By using EdReady, you grant to MITE 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 MITE 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.

Hippocampus Accounts

Custom HippoCampus Account. MITE allows individuals 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 MITE will be true, accurate, current, and complete.

Termination of your Hippocampus Account. You agree that MITE 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.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about these Terms, or about any other aspect of the Sites and MITE, please contact us:

The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education
P.O. Box 890
Marina CA 93933
866-591-1431 (fax)
info@montereyinstitute.org