Cranfield Moodle - User Acceptance Policy

Introduction

Cranfield Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) supports staff and students enrolled on courses run by Cranfield University at its School of Defence and Security based at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham.
The VLE is based on the Moodle 'Course Management System' (
http://www.moodle.org), a free open source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles to help educators create effective online learning communities. Moodle is distributed under the GNU General Public License.
As a user of the VLE, you are required to accept this User Acceptance Policy when you log on for the first time. Non-acceptance of these conditions will prohibit access to any material.

Purpose of the User Acceptance Policy

The purpose of the VLE User Acceptance Policy is to specify user responsibilities and to promote the appropriate use of the VLE for the benefit of all members of the University community. The User Acceptance Policy applies both within and without Cranfield University premises. You can download a PDF copy of this Policy by clicking here.

Terms and Conditions

Please read these terms and conditions carefully.
Cranfield University may modify these terms and conditions at any time and may discontinue any or all of its online services. Your continued use of the services, after online notice of modifications, signifies your acceptance to be bound by the modifications.
If you breach any of these conditions, Cranfield University may regard this as misconduct.
In addition using the VLE you agree to comply with the terms of the
Joint Academic Network (JANET) Acceptable Use Policy

Variation of Content

Cranfield University reserves the right at any time and without prior notice to remove any content published on the VLE which does not conform to the requirements set out below.

Suspension of User Account

Cranfield University may terminate your account, your access rights to specific areas of the VLE or to the entire service, with or without notice and at its sole discretion, in the event of disciplinary action being taken.

Rules for Online Conduct

You agree to:

You should report any instances of abusive or inappropriate material published on the VLE to your Course Director in the first instance.

Security

You must not disclose to any third party your username and password to the VLE. Sharing of your account details with another party is strictly forbidden.
You must not publish any content to the VLE which is protectively marked or commercially sensitive.
You agree never to log on to the VLE and then leave your device logged in and unattended. Ensure you log out before closing your browser.

Copyright

Except for copyright in learning materials for courses delivered under Cranfield University's Academic Provider contract with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), and for copyright-cleared third party materials, all copyright of the learning content published to the VLE is owned or controlled by Cranfield University.
All rights are reserved. All course materials are made available to you to download onto your PC or other device on the strict understanding that it is for your personal educational use only, in order to enable you to complete the course. Course material so downloaded is not, under any circumstances, to be forwarded, transferred to any other student on the course or to any other party. No part of the material may be reproduced or transmitted to any other person, in any form or by any means, including by hard copy print-out.
As part of the Alumni you will have access to your learning content after completion of your award for a period of time. This is for reference only and you must not copy or print any of this material.

Information we collect

In order to use the VLE you must have 'cookies enabled' on your web browser. By accepting these conditions you agree to allow certain information about you to be collected from the VLE (see below).
Cranfield University collects your information by cookies. Cookies are small file structures used by the VLE to 'request' information from the computer you are using. This information is then returned to and stored by the VLE.

Data Protection

Cranfield University will deal with your personal data in accordance with the principles set out in the Data Protection Act and the University's Privacy Policy [link to http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/about/governance-and-policies/policies-and-regulations/privacy-policy].
Any personal information which you provide to Cranfield University will be used only within the University and by CDS's service providers (Serco and Turnitin UK) and will not be disclosed to any other party. However, we may share information such as your username and password or email address with other Cranfield University staff only for purposes connected directly with your course and your use of the VLE. Cranfield University staff may require this information to deal with student queries such as password reminders and to provide notification that a particular service has been suspended for maintenance.
By accepting these conditions you are giving your consent to Cranfield University to process your personal data for the purposes described in the preceding paragraph.

The types of information we collect may include usage statistics e.g. when a user last logged into the system, when he or she accessed certain activities, or when he or she uploaded an assignment.
We use this information to help improve the VLE services by ensuring that the material and content of the courses accord with users' requirement and also to make sure that users are not having problems with access.
The usage statistics are visible to the VLE administrators and may be visible to your course tutors.

Disclaimer

Whilst Cranfield University will endeavour to ensure that this VLE site is normally available 24 hours a day, Cranfield University will not be liable if for any reason the site is unavailable at any time or for any period. Access to this site may be suspended temporarily and without notice in circumstances of system failure, maintenance or repair or for reasons beyond the control of Cranfield University.
The VLE may contain links to other websites outside Cranfield University's control; Cranfield University is not responsible for the content of these sites. Cranfield University gives no guarantee that these links will work all of the time and it exercises no control over the availability of the linked sites. Likewise, references and links to any such websites must not be taken as an endorsement by Cranfield University of opinions expressed or services provided at those sites. Cranfield University takes no responsibility for the privacy policies of any linked websites.

Governing Law

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the Law of England and Wales and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England.

Contacts

For learning content, technical, administrative issues contact servicedesk@cranfield.ac.uk.
For harassment/equality issues and complaints contact your Course Director in the first instance.