Digital safeguarding in relation to INASP Moodle

This policy presents the following:

  • Online learners code of conduct

  • Links to INASP privacy and digital safeguarding policies

Online Learners Code of Conduct

Interacting with others

In many of INASP’s online courses, learners can interact with one another and with course facilitators. Many of our learners have found such interaction to be one of the most meaningful aspects of the course experience. To keep our learning environment safe and friendly for all, we ask you to follow the below rules if the course you are taking on INASP Moodle offers any opportunities for you to interact with others or share your views.

  • You must not make any remarks that convey prejudice, discrimination, or bias against anyone based on their colour, religion, country of origin, country of residence, age, disability, native language, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, political affiliation, marital status, education, field of study/research, family responsibilities, economic circumstances, or migration status.
  • You must not make any remarks that might have the effect of flirting, bullying, or harassment of any kind.
  • You must not advertise anything without providing context. This includes posting calls for papers from journals and conferences unless it is clearly related to an ongoing discussion in the course.
  • You must not provide links to websites that may have illegal content, such as pirated software and unauthorised copies of articles or books. Uploading any such content directly on the forums is also forbidden.
  • You must not discuss things unrelated to the topic of the course unless you use a specific forum that is meant for social/informal/off-topic discussion.
  • You must not ask anyone to post their personal contact details (such as email or phone number) on a generic discussion forum. Check if there is a specific forum or database available for sharing contact details.

Violating any of these terms will result in a warning or even expulsion from the course or the INASP Moodle platform, depending on the severity of the incident.

If you are in doubt, check with your course moderator by posting a query on the technical support / technical queries forum in your course.

Sharing photos

You may have opportunities in your course to share photos from your work, such as the ‘Capture Your Research’ competition in AuthorAID MOOCs.

  • Any photo you upload must be in line with the guidelines for the activity.
  • Check the activity guidelines to find out whether by sharing a photo you automatically allow INASP to post it on a public website (with, of course, an attribution to you).
  • If the photo has been taken by someone else (for example, a colleague capturing a moment from your research), that person should have given you permission to use the photo as you please. Alternatively, if you wish to share a photo that is copyrighted by someone else, this photo should be under a CC-BY license, and you should attribute the author or source. In general, copyright issues related to photos you share are entirely your responsibility.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure that the people who appear in your photo are not averse to having this photo shared in the public domain.
  • Take extra care when sharing pictures that show vulnerable people or children. It is your responsibility to follow best practices in your discipline or field of study.
  • If you receive any kind of ‘takedown request’ or any expression of concern from someone shown in a photo that you have shared with INASP and which INASP has already posted on a public website, you should forward this notice to INASP in a timely way. (You may send a message using the ‘Contact the privacy officer’ link in your user profile on INASP Moodle).

Submitting original work

If the course you are taking on INASP Moodle provides opportunities to submit your own work for assessment, this work must be original. That is, it must be your own work. If you are submitting work that is part of a team endeavour of which you are part, you should obtain permission from your team members to submit this work on INASP Moodle.

Further guidelines on originality, such as avoiding plagiarism and citing previous works, may be provided along with specific assignments or activities.

More about Privacy and Safeguarding

Please see the INASP Privacy Policy and the INASP Safeguarding & Digital Safeguarding Policy, available on the INASP website.