If you have been following my blog for a little while now, you know that I am a fan of the online social media platform eduClipper. What I like about the platform is that it is a place for both teachers and students to come together to explore, share, and contribute resources to help enhance teaching and learning of both formal and personal nature. My personal reflections on the platform addressed any initial concerns of such a specific social media platform by showing how great the service really helps with needs that cannot be met on other platforms like Pinterest. Today, I would like to discuss eduClipper’s Terms of Service; specifically in regards to ethical implications and how eduClipper has addressed them.
The most obvious ethical implication to consider with a platform like eduClipper is the fact that it is marketed to students as well as teachers. With students using the platform, there are a lot of unique elements to consider and eduClipper has done a great job of safeguarding itself against these potential ethical pitfalls. At the very top of the Terms of Service in BOLD with the word “IMPORTANT!,” is a statement about the use of eduClipper by people under the legal age to form a binding contract. eduClipper insists that students must review this information with their parents before using the platform, safeguarding themselves from any potential problems with minors using the service.
The Terms of Service for eduClipper are well written, thoughtful, and fairly digestible for the average reader (unlike Facebook). Right from the beginning, the Terms are identified as a binding contract between you and the service. Other issues within the contract are addressed by answering a basic question the user might have about their experience. In particular, I liked the way eduClipper addressed privacy and potential copyright infringement. These aspects are presented in a way that asks a given question consumers may very well have before using the service. Amusingly, eduClipper has also included a “congratulations” message to the reader at the bottom of its terms in appreciation for actually finishing reading them.
Overall, I think eduClipper has done a very good job of addressing potential ethical problems associated with its use. The Terms of Service are well written and ask the questions that consumers may very well have. If I were to make any constructive criticism, I suppose it would actually be with the aesthetics. eduClipper really is a very “good looking” site for the most part with the exception of this section. While I understand that this is more of a contract than an actual extension of the experience on eduClipper, it still might make it a little easier to read if it were as good looking as the rest of the site.