The Instructional Architect project has a firm commitment to privacy. The following describes data gathering and dissemination practices for
User Information

The site gathers the following types of information about users: user registration data, data derived from use of the system, and standard web server log data (including but not limited to, the Internet domain and address of the user's Internet services, the type of browser and operating system that the user is using, etc). Analyses of these data supports system development by providing the IA team with a better understanding our users needs. This information will not be retained longer than is necessary for the completion of the analysis for which the information was collected.

Data about an individual user is never passed on to a third party. Summary analyses of usage data may be disclosed to document site impact and effectiveness.

We note that this site does contain links to other web sites; we have no control over their privacy policies. We encourage users to read the privacy policies of these sites, especially if the user shares any personal identifiable information with such a site.

User Registration

Users may register at our site and receive an account. This currently requires the following information: email address, and password. The IA reserves the right to collect additional personally identifiable information in the future. Email addresses of users registered for NSDL special services are used for verification and to allow the retrieval of lost passwords. If a user participating in an IA web discussion forum supplies his or her name, email address, or other personally identifiable information, that information may be posted along with the user's comment.

The user may also provide voluntarily other information (e.g., name, grade level and subjects taught). We do not provide this information to third parties.

Users of the IA or NSDL personalization services may elect to share all or any part of their personally identifiable information as part of select services. Upon such an election, users will be warned that the public sharing of their content will include the sharing of personally identifiable information included in that content. Distribution of a user's email address to a third party may occur when the user explicitly exercises an opt-in option approving such a distribution.

We also note that users' passwords are currently not encrypted as they pass over the network. This will change in future versions of the system.

Usage Tracking

The system tracks user access patterns by analyzing standard web server logs. This logs the user's domain name, browser type, a timestamp, and file accessed. We use this information in aggregate to develop overall usage statistics.

We also track individual users' activities by recording their login times and the number of projects created. We use this information in aggregate to understand usage patterns.

Additional Topics

Legal. The IA will disclose a user's personally identifiable information when required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to conform to the edicts of the law or to comply with legal processes served to the user, the IA, or the IA site.

Children's Guidelines. Children under the age of 13 are expected to be among the users of the IA, but will not be required to create accounts and provide personally identifiable information.

Contacting the IA Team

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or this web site, contact:

The Instructional Architect Project
2830 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-2830

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Last updated: September 2009