Terms of Service

For Educators

Before you sign up to have your students participate please be aware of the following:

Protecting Students

You must use your real name and institution for the purposes of this website. However, for your students’ protection please ensure that they do not use their real names when they sign up or at any other time on this website. There should be no pictures or videos featuring your students. Please remind students that they must not share any personal contact details. This includes telephone numbers, addresses, emails, etc. While we ask you to customize your avatar, please do not upload a photo of yourself.

Maintaining a Respectful Environment

We expect students to show respect towards other community participants at all times. While we will not hold you responsible for everything that your students post, we are relying on you to monitor their activity on the website. We also expect you with talk to them about our Community Guidelines and the types of online posts that we consider inappropriate on Out of Eden Learn. We expect educators to remove potentially offensive or inappropriate comments made by your students. Immediately alert the relevant teacher and/or Project Zero researchers if you see something inappropriate posted by another student using the report button on the website. For further information, please see “Supporting Respectful Dialogue & Building Community in Out of Eden Learn: FAQs and Suggested Practices for Educators.”

Looking After Solo Students

We are making our community available to homeschooled students and young people who would like to participate on an individual basis. You may be asked to take up to two or three students under your wing and to make them honorary members of your class. We hope this will be a good experience for everyone. We will give you instructions on how to manage this process.

Students' Work

Your students’ work may be featured on the home page of the Out of Eden Learn website, which can be viewed by the whole world. We may include their work in blog posts, tweets, or other forms of online communication. We may include it in written publications. However, their real names won’t be used given that we will never know your students’ real identities.

Our Research

You should know that Out of Eden Learn involves a research component. As researchers at Harvard University we are trying to find out how to develop the best online learning community that we can. We also want to find out what students are learning from it. You and your students will be asked questions about your experiences from time to time. You and/or some of your students may also be invited to talk with a researcher via Skype. However, we will not talk to students without obtaining permission from their parents. We will ask you to help us to obtain this parental permission and to organize the Skype interview(s).

Institutional Support

It is important that you have institutional support to participate in this program. By agreeing to our terms of service you are saying that you have the permission of your school or program leader to have your students participate in Out of Eden Learn.

Support for Students

We have found that students quickly become invested in Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk and start to feel close to him as a person. In the unlikely event that he should come to harm, it is important that your students be offered appropriate moral and psychological support.

Staying Informed and Communicating with Us and Other Educators in your Walking Party

We expect you to familiarize yourself with our platform and materials so that you understand how our online community works and what we are hoping to achieve with students. We expect you to respond to emails from Project Zero and to communicate with other teachers in your small learning community or “walking party”. Unless you let us know otherwise, we will automatically share your email address with the other educators in your walking party/parties to facilitate communication. However, we will not share your email address or other contact details with the wider Out of Eden Learn community.

For Participants

Before you sign up, please be aware of the following:

Your Privacy

You must not use your real name when you sign up or at any other time on this website. Please make sure that your user name does not include your real name or a nickname that you go by. You must not post pictures or videos that show you or your classmates. You must not share any personal contact details. This includes telephone numbers, addresses, emails, Facebook pages, etc.

Others' Privacy

You must not share other students’ work, photos, or comments with people outside the group without their permission.

Respecting Others

You are expected to follow our Community Guidelines. You must show respect toward other participants at all times. Remember that everything you post will be visible to teachers and researchers involved in the project. Do not post comments that tease others, even if they are other members of your class. We will not tolerate bullying. We will remove comments that express intolerance toward a particular group of people or community. If you see anything that seems inappropriate on the website, please report it immediately, using the button on the website.

Your Work

Your work may be featured on the home page of the Out of Eden Learn website, which can be viewed by the whole world. We may include your work in blog posts, tweets, or other forms of online communication. We may include it in written publications. However, your real name won’t be used given that we will never know your real identity.

Our Research

Out of Eden Learn is a research project. Researchers at Harvard University are trying to find out how to develop the best online learning community that they can. They also want to find out what students are learning from it. You will be asked to answer survey questions about your experiences from time to time. A few of you will also be invited to talk with a researcher via Skype. You do not have to agree to do this. Also, we will not talk to you without getting permission from a parent or guardian. Your teachers will help us with the process of getting this permission.