Terms of Use

Terms of Use: Sydney Institute Wikis, Blogs and Learning Management Systems


Click on the links below for details information on the Terms of Use for the use of TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute Wikis, Blogs and Learning Management Systems:

If you would like further information about the use of wikis and blogs for teaching and learning at Sydney Institute please contact staff in the Learning & Innovation team.



Using TAFE Wikis, Blogs and Learning Management Systems


These Terms of Use advise all users of wikis, blogs and learning management systems (LMSs) about expected behaviour and standards to ensure a positive learning experience, as well as to protect the rights of students, staff and the organisation in relation to privacy and security of information.

Your Rights and Responsibilities


Students’ Rights and Responsibilities are found on the Sydney Institute Website at http://www.sit.nsw.edu.au/currentstudents/index.php?Media_Index_ID=458
and apply to all learning environments in Sydney Institute including online learning.

Important points:
  • Respect for each other: Use appropriate language, use constructive criticism, support each other's efforts.
  • Respect for online spaces and facilities: Use appropriate edits, upload only appropriate images and files, and take care not to delete or damage student or staff material on the site.

It is also the responsibility of all students and staff using wikis, blogs and learning management systems to comply with the following policies:

Copyright & Plagiarism


The internet is open to all to view. However, is does not mean that you can use other people's material as your own or without proper credit to the creator of the material. Using other people's work without acknowledgement may infringe their copyright. Australia has a variety of copyright laws. You can generally assume that any material on the Internet is copyright even if there is no copyright labelling. In some cases there will be labelling such as Creative Commons. You should be careful to respect the copyright requirements at all times. This is a TAFE requirement but it is also a legal requirement wherever you may be employed.

Using other people's work without acknowledgement may also be considered plagiarism. This is essentially copying someone else's work and claiming it as your own. Copying is a serious issue because you are attempting to demonstrate your own competency using someone else's skills. The student handbook provided at enrolment explains your responsibilities in more detail.

Refer to the following for more detail:

Online Safety:


The internet provides opportunities to connect with people and sites all over the world. Many can be trusted but some are not trustworthy, some are incorrect and some may have a high risk. In an online environment you must take responsibility for your personal information.

Your own computer could suffer file loss or damage by malicious software (viruses, spyware, etc) when using the internet. Ensure that you have up to date security software installed.

Defamation:


The open and collaborative nature of wikis and blogs invites and enables comments on what others have contributed. Everyone is entitled to express an opinion about something. However, no comments or materials may be posted that bring the character or reputation of a third party into disrepute, exposes them to personal embarrassment, or lowers their personal or professional reputation via false and malicious statements. Comment on the content of the post, not the person who has done the posting.

Privacy:


Contributors to wikis and blogs need to take care that when contributing to an open or protected blog or wiki, no private facts regarding third parties are posted in the public domain. This may take the form of personal details such as addresses and phone numbers, assessment marks or other personal details that a reasonable person could consider offensive.

Accessibility:


The owner of the site needs to take responsibility for maintaining accessibility and usability.