CONTENT POLICY AND GROUP GUIDELINES

CONTENT POLICY

This Content Policy set out the guidelines for content to be followed on EzSLATE. The EzSLATE Strategy and Approach Paper clearly articulates one of the intentions of EzSLATE – to create a common repository of open education resources for easy access to teachers across the country. This Content Policy sets out the principles and process to achieve this end.

The content creation and curation process on EzSLATE is envisaged to be an open process with low barriers to entry. It celebrates and encourages participation by making it simple to create and share content on the platform. It avoids creating barriers to entry in the form of centralized review workflows and federates that process to the community to police itself. Institutional Users, through their Administrators, being the custodians of EzSLATE, frame the guidelines and curation rules, and delegate the authority to curate to the community. This creates a platform that is open, has low barrier to entry, while the quality of content is ensured by the federated process.

Set out below are some common-sense rules that all Users must comply with respect to Content on EzSLATE. These rules are to be taken seriously as Administrators are required to enforce the same strictly. Users are requested not to look for loopholes or ways around these guidelines and respect the spirit in which they have been created.

Please read this Content Policy carefully, to learn more about the rules on appropriateness, accuracy, intellectual property rights and licensing that govern Content on EzSLATE.

This Content Policy should be read in conjunction and together with the Terms of Use of EzSLATE. Defined terms used but not defined herein shall have the meaning ascribed to them in the Terms of Use of EzSLATE.

  1. Principles for Content on EzSLATE
    1. Content on the EzSLATE will be contributed by various content contributors across the country & globe. The intent is to enable access to a wide range and diverse content from across the world so as to enable better contextualisation of content and wide access for end users.
    2. All content published on EzSLATE belongs to the creators of content be it individuals or organisations that have made content available on the platform, they are responsible for use by open learning platforms and applications therefore, content creators are responsible for ensuring accuracy and appropriateness of content.
    3. Users can make multilingual and diverse content available on EzSLATE ranging from courses for in-service and pre-service teachers to classroom resources to tools for assessment and evaluation both of teachers and learners.
    4. Content on EzSLATE means and includes teaching and learning content in the context of school education, courses, lesson plans, worksheets, supplemental materials for classroom and other such learning materials, and other types of Content described in the Terms of Use of EzSLATE
    5. Content contributors means and includes organisations and/ or individuals.
    6. Content contributors are solely responsible for the accuracy, appropriateness and violations of any third-party rights including intellectual property rights with regards to the Content they contribute.
  2. Content Contribution – Content can be published on EzSLATE only by authorised content contributors. This authorisation may happen at multiple levels. Model guidelines will be created for authorisation. Such content contributors shall be responsible for creating and contributing Content that complies with this Content Policy, the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, and any other policies and guidelines prescribed from time to time. Content contributors shall have exercised reasonable diligence to satisfy themselves that the Content complies with this Content Policy, the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and is ready for public consumption prior to being submitted for review and use on EzSLATE.
  3. Content Review – All Content created and contributed on EzSLATE shall be reviewed by authorised reviewers. This authorisation may happen at multiple levels. Such reviewers shall ensure that the Content they accept complied with this Content Policy, the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, and any other policies and guidelines prescribed from time to time.
  4. Content Publishing – All Content created or contributed on EzSLATE shall be published by the relevant Institutional Users. Institutional Users will be responsible for ensuring that Content they publish is accurate and appropriate for their purposes and complies with this Content Policy, the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
  5. Accuracy and Appropriateness – Registered Users must ensure that all Content created and contributed/reviewed and published on EzSLATE is appropriate and accurate and meets their pedagogical and usability requirements as prescribed by Institutional Users. Content identified as inappropriate or inaccurate, as per this Content Policy, will not be published and can be unilaterally removed from EzSLATE.
    1. Accurate Content – All Content on EzSLATE must:
      1. Be factually correct,
      2. Use language in text, audio, video and interactive materials that is simple and easy to understand, and
      3. Be contextual and relevant to the needs of the intended User.
    2. Inappropriate Content includes, but is not limited to:
      1. Hate Speech – by words either written or spoken or by signs or by visible representation or otherwise promotes or attempts to promote feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will against persons of a:
        • Caste
        • Class
        • Tribe
        • Race
        • Ethnicity
        • Sex, gender, or gender identity
        • National origin
        • Religious affiliation
        • Sexual orientation, or
        • Disabilities or diseases
      1. Sexually explicit content
        • Pornography
        • Explicit text/images/illustrations/sounds of sexual content
        • Descriptions of sexual acts
      2. Depiction of sexual violence and exploitation
        • Includes sexual exploitation of minors, and sexual assault.
        • Photographs/ Illustrations/videos depicting incidents of sexual violence
      3. Depiction of nudity
        • Nudity would mean displaying genitals, breasts or buttocks (clothed or unclothed) for the purpose of sexual gratification.
        • Other than the depiction of body parts which isn’t gratuitously graphic and is educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic – paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures, which is posted for educational purposes. Providing context will help users determine the purpose of the content/asset.
      4. Content that promotes violence, including
        • Promoting, encouraging, supporting, praising, or condoning violent actions, activities and behaviour – verbal, physical or emotional.
        • Threatening or inciting others to commit acts of violence
        • Expressing support or praise for groups, people that are involved in violent or criminal behaviour
      5. Content that promotes/depicts/reflects discrimination and bullying or encouraging such behaviour, including:
        • Targeting individuals with the intention of degrading or shaming them.
        • Illustrations or Images altered to degrade individuals
        • Photos or videos of physical or verbal bullying
        • Sharing personal information or harassing people
        • Repeatedly targeting other people with unwanted requests or messages.
      6. Comprises harmful or dangerous content
        • which intends to incite violence or encourage dangerous or illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death.
        • Encourages dangerous or illegal activities for instance – money laundering, gambling, performing stunts, high risk activities, choking games, drug use, or other acts where serious injury or harm may result. Content that depicts dangerous acts may be allowed if the primary purpose is educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic (EDSA), and isn’t gratuitously graphic.
      7. Other possibilities:
        • Content which violates the law for the time being in force,
        • Content which infringes any trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights,
        • Content which deceives or misleads the User about the origin of such Content and conveys information which is grossly offensive or menacing,
        • Content which contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer resource,
        • Content which threatens the unity, integrity, defence, security or sovereignty of India, friendly relations with foreign states, or public order, or causes incitement to the commission of any cognisable offence or prevents investigation of any offence or is insulting any other nation,
        • Content involving minors/ children in violence as victims or perpetrators or as forced witnesses to violence, or showing children as being subjected to any form of child abuse,
        • Content involving abuse or ridicule of people with disabilities (physical or mental),
        • Content involving cruelty to, or abuse of animals,
        • depiction of violence, cruelty and horror, scenes of violence primarily,
        • Content involving images/text/ illustrations have the effect of encouraging, justifying, glorifying, glamorising alcohol drinking, drugs and substance abuse; consumption of tobacco or smoking,
        • Content involving degrading or denigrating women in any manner,
        • Content involving vulgarity, obscenity or depravity,
        • Content involving dual meaning words as obviously cater to baser instincts,
        • Content involving visuals or words contemptuous of racial, religious or other groups,
        • Content involving visuals or words which promote superstition, communal, obscurantist, anti-scientific attitude, and
        • Content involving visuals or words involving defamation of an individual or a body of individuals.
  1. Intellectual Property Rights –
    1. Registered Users are solely responsible for Content they have created, uploaded, sourced, linked, streamed, curated, reviewed, or published on EzSLATE.
    2. Registered Users must ensure that Content that they create, upload, source, link, stream, curate, review or publish on EzSLATE accurately reflects:
      1. Author
      2. Copyright holder
      3. Year of copyright
      4. Attributions to creators whose content has been relied on, used in, or referred to in the Content (if any) and sources and citations.
      5. The relevant license, as per the Licensing Policy
    3. Content contributors, who have copyright in the Content they have contributed, consent to publication of their Content in accordance with the Terms of Use and this Content Policy.
    4. In relation to Content being contributed by any person other than the copyright holder of the Content, such contributors must ensure that they have the necessary authorisation, license, or permission to publish such Content in accordance with the Terms of Use and this Content Policy.
    5. If Content includes copyrighted materials (including text, images, photos, illustrations, sounds, music, videos, audio-visual combinations, etc.) contributors and reviewers must ensure compliance with the license terms, proper attribution and any other third-party intellectual property rights. Infringement of copyright or any other intellectual property rights is not acceptable, the proper attributions and acknowledgement of authors and creators for open education resource community and creative commons community must be respected and upheld at all times. Administrators and technology support providers of EzSLATE will remove any Content if properly notified that such Content infringes on another’s intellectual property rights or violates this Content Policy and / or Privacy Policy.
    6. By submitting / uploading / creating/ publishing Content on EzSLATE and following the open license frameworks adopted by EzSLATE, Registered Users recognise and accept that the Content (including all the elements that such Content comprises such as text, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, music, videos, audio-visual combinations etc.) is placed in public domain will be accessed and used by any individual, institution or organisation through various platforms, portals and applications.
    7. It shall be the sole responsibility of Registered Users to ensure that proper and correct attributions, acknowledgements and sourcing references are given to the Content and individual(s)/ institution(s) that have been involved in the development and creation of Content and wherever Content has been quoted/used.
    8. It shall be the responsibility of Registered Users not to infringe upon any third-party rights including but not limited to intellectual property rights such as copyrights or any other legal rights of individual(s)/organisation(s) with regards to Content contributed on EzSLATE. For any legal matter arising out of infringement of such rights by the Registered User, such Registered User shall be solely responsible for any financial or other damages arising out of such violations and disputes.
    9. The administrators and technology support providers of EzSLATE are not responsible for the violations of any third-party rights including intellectual property rights by any User.
    10. Any violations of intellectual property rights will be the responsibility of the concerned Users. Any disputes will be settled by the respective parties.
    11. The administrators and technology support providers of EzSLATE do not endorse any Content published on EzSLATE, or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and EzSLATE expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with Content
  2. Open Licensing Policy – Creative Commons Framework
    1. EzSLATE follows principles of open access, open licensing and is a platform for open education resources. Registered Users must ensure that they follow these licensing terms. Content which does not follow these licensing terms shall be rejected.
    2. Content must be made available under the Creative Commons Licence Framework, which allows content to be distributed, remixed, tweaked, and built upon, even commercially, as long as credit is given for the original creation. EzSLATE permits the use of the following licences:
      1. CC BY4.0 (Attribution)
      2. CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike)
      3. CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)
      4. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike)
      5. CC BY-ND 4.0 (Attribution-Non-Derivative)
      6. YouTube License
    3. As Institutional Users, contributors and reviewers, all Registered Users must ensure that the Content submitted to be published on the EzSLATE specifies
      1. the relevant license under which such Content will be available to the Users.
      2. That the appropriate license terms and well as attributions relating to such Content are properly followed, including details of the creator and source/ citations;
      3. That license options mentioned herein are followed in all cases, and that the relevant license should be compatible with the copyright license applicable to the original piece of content.
    4. As content contributors and reviewers, you acknowledge and accept that since the Content provided herein follows open licensing norms such as creative commons licenses or other open licenses, the use of the Content shall not be limited to specific Institutional Users/ Registered Users that have published the Content and they shall be made available for discovery, access and use by any organisation, institution, platform, application and individual in general.
    5. Content contributors recognise and accept that once Content is submitted and placed in the public domain for use, they cannot unilaterally withdraw the Content or change the licensing terms.
  3. Takedown Policy –
    1. If a User believes that certain Content published on EzSLATE is in violation of this Content Policy or any applicable laws please contact us at contactus@ezslate.com and necessary action will be taken to review and / or remove such content as quickly as possible.
    2. Administrators and technology support providers of EzSLATE reserve the right to remove Content from EzSLATE without any prior notice for any violation of the Content Policy, Privacy Policy, or the Terms of Use of EzSLATE. They may at their sole and absolute discretion delete, remove, disable access or otherwise deal with information, data or Content to comply with laws currently in force, including the Information Technology Act, 2000.

 DISCLAIMER: Though all efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy and currency of the Content on EzSLATE, the same should not be construed as a statement of law or used for any legal purposes. In no event will the Government of India, MHRD or NCERT be liable for any expense, loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any expense, loss or damage whatsoever arising from use, or loss of use, of data, arising out of or in connection with the use of EzSLATE. Links to other websites that have been included on this platform are provided for public convenience only.

GROUP GUIDELINES

These Group Guidelines specify the rights and responsibilities of Registered Users who use and participate in Groups. These Group Guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Terms of UseContent Policy and Privacy Policy. Defined terms used but not defined herein shall have the meaning ascribed to them in the Terms of Use.

  1. What is a Group?
    1. A Group is a set of Registered Users
    2. A Group can be created by a Group Admin and comprises Group Members
    3. Groups are only visible to the Group Admin who has created the Group and the Group Members assigned to the Group. Groups are not searchable.
    4. Group Admins can assign activities on EzSLATE to the Group Members (visible on the Group).
  2. Who is a Group Admin?
    • A Registered User who has created a Group or has been assigned to be a Group Admin by another Group Admin
  3. Who is a Group Member?
    • A Registered User who has been added to Group as a Group Member by a Group Admin.
  4. What can a Group Admin do on EzSLATE?
    1. Create a Group
    2. Add / Remove Group Members
    3. Mark another Group Member as a Group Admin
    4. View, search and suggest activities on EzSLATE to the Group
    5. View the progress of individual Group Members in relation to activities of the Group
    6. Communicate with the Group Members (as a Group and individually)
    7. Delete the Group
  5. What Registered User data does the Group Admin have access to?
    1. Name
    2. Progress and milestones achieved by Group Members in relation to the activities of the Group
  6. What are the responsibilities of the Group Admin?
    1. To ensure that activities of the Group are in line with the Content Policy of EzSLATE, and accordingly meet the Accuracy and Appropriateness standards.
    2. To use the data and information of Registered Users only for the purposes of tracking the progress of Group Members, and for no other purpose.
    3. To ensure that any communication with Group Members is relevant to the purpose of the Group and meets the Appropriateness standards set out in the Content Policy of EzSLATE.
    4. To refrain from using the Group for any of the Prohibited Uses set out in the Terms of Use.
  7. What can a Group Member do once they are assigned to a Group?
    1. View, participate and communicate in relation to the activities of the Group on EzSLATE
    2. View their own progress in relation to the activities of the Group on EzSLATE
    3. View a list of other Group Members
    4. Opt out of any Group
  8. What are the responsibilities of the Group Member?
    1. To ensure that any communication with other Group Members or the Group Admin is relevant to the purpose of the Group and meet the Appropriateness standards set out in the Content Policy of EzSLATE.
    2. To refrain from using the Group for any of the Prohibited Uses set out in the Terms of Use.