Website Terms and Conditions of Use

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Terms of Use

By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.

1. Use License

  1. Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on Transforming Assessment's web site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:
    1. modify or copy the materials;
    2. use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
    3. attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on Transforming Assessment's web site;
    4. remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
    5. transfer the materials to another person or "mirror" the materials on any other server.
  2. This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Transforming Assessment at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.

2. Disclaimer

  1. The materials on Transforming Assessment's web site are provided "as is". Transforming Assessment makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Transforming Assessment does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

3. Limitations

In no event shall Transforming Assessment or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Transforming Assessment's Internet site, even if Transforming Assessment or a Transforming Assessment authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

4. Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on Transforming Assessment's web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Transforming Assessment does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. Transforming Assessment may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. Transforming Assessment does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

5. Links

Transforming Assessment has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Transforming Assessment of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user's own risk.

6. Site Terms of Use Modifications

Transforming Assessment may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.


Privacy, Data Use and Access Policy

1. Data collected

We collect information as part of your use of this website. Those signing up for an account will be asked to choose a username and password. Users are asked provide some basic profile information as per a typical staff home page or email signature block used at their institution (i.e. information that will normally be in the public domain). This includes their name, organisational affiliation and sector, job type, email address, country and optionally a work department and a second life avatar name, as applicable.

Note – those who are members of the Transforming Assessment list prior to Feb 2015 are encouraged to use the same email address to which they receive notices when signing up for a new account. Doing so will automatically link existing records (mainly past webinar attendance) to their new account.

We collect usage pattern data such as hits on webpages pages and registrations for our events.

We record and make available in the public domain proceedings of online seminars/webinars. Recordings include all audio speech, text chat, slides and video that occur within the webinar system. Recordings are released following each event. A notice is displayed inside the webinar room to remind participants when the recoding is occurring.

We collect optional, anonymous feedback data via an online survey following each event.

2. Use of Data

We do NOT share/sell/give users/members personal information to outside organisations.

We do conduct research and may use information given to us for our own research into e-assessment, professional development, for direct contact (e.g regular newsletters, updates, invites) and quality improvement (e.g. evaluation studies, demographics, reporting). Any research leading to publications will be covered by ethics protocol approval at the institution(s) of the project leaders/hosts. Results will only be published/released in summary and/or de-identified formats.

De-identified webinar feedback data is provided to session presenters for the purposes of quality enhancement.

We generally store data for an indefinite period of time to assist with historical reporting, such as past webinar registration patterns and purposes outlined above (see also Self Access) below.

We may edit data held by us for security enhancement purposes (e.g. reset passwords, disable accounts) or quality enhancement purposes (e.g. change meta data labels, correct typos, expand acronyms) at our discretion.

3. Data Protection

We will make best efforts, within our means, to protect data held on our systems and the systems themselves from unauthorised access and use. We take measures such as: that self-sign up accounts must be from self acknowledged valid email addresses, use of passwords on all accounts with access to post content or register for events, content posting restricted to authorised domains and users, access to the user database restricted to project leaders and technical staff directly employed by us, updating/patching of software applications as component updates are released by vendors, monitoring of alerts issued by the web host and regular checks of the system for unusual activity.

We are all responsible for the protection of data. Please do not share your account with others and avoid the re-use of passwords from other websites or services in our systems. Generally maintain good computer habits such as strong password management and use, keeping your own systems up-to-date, not installing software from unofficial sources, avoiding the use of suspicious websites and not opening suspicious emails.

Please contacts us if you notice any unusual activity in relation to our domains such as suspicious posts, links, files, images etc on our domains or activity such as receipt of suspicious emails claiming to have come from us.

4. Applicable Laws

The operators of the web applications that make up this website, including user account management, are based in Brisbane, Australia. As such we are subject laws prevailing in Australia. Only the project leaders and technical support staff we directly employ have administrative access to the user database. Requests for access to data in our systems by Australian law enforcement agencies normally requires warrant or a court order - this has yet to happen and is most unlikely in our case! We do transfer data to and from our web system and our work situated computers for the purposes outlined previously (namely management of Transforming Assessment and for research).

The website and databases are stored on a web hosting provider and the servers are located in the USA. The hosting provider does not claim ownership of any data stored on their system by us nor do they claim use of that data for any purpose other than maintaining the security of their systems. The hosting provider does reserve the right to co-operate with law enforcement agencies in that country and so their service is subject to the laws of the USA.

5. Self-Access for Data Management and Communication Preferences

Users self-signing up for accounts on the main Transforming Assessment system as implemented in Feb 2015 have the ability to update their details and their account communication preferences in relation opting-in and opting-out of 'newsletter' (group email) messages.

Those who are members of the Transforming Assessment list prior to Feb 2015 (and don't have an account on the system) may self-sign up for an account using the email address where they currently receive notices in order to manage their data or preferences to opt-out of the 'newsletter'. Alternatively they can send a request to opt-out of the 'newsletter', directed to the relevant staff listed on the contacts page and we will manually remove them from the list.

Any enquires or requests related to the management of data held by us, including requests for removal, can be directed to the relevant staff listed on the contacts page.