TxVSN Professional Development Center Policy

The Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) is committed to making its Web site accessible according to the standards set forth by the Texas Legislature in 1 Tex. Admin. Code Section 206.50. (TAC 206.50)

If you find that any information on the TxVSN website is not accessible, you can obtain it in an electronic format conducive to use by assistive readers such as JAWS by contacting TxVSN central at txvsncentral@txvsn.org. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address of the requested material, and your contact information.

TEA also welcomes any comments on how to improve the site's accessibility for users with disabilities. If you use assistive technology and the format of any material on our Web site interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact us.

Copyright Statement

These Materials are copyrighted and trademarked as the property of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of TEA, except under the following conditions:
1) Texas public school districts, charter schools, and Education Service Centers may reproduce and use copies of the Materials and Related Materials for the districts’ and schools’ educational use without obtaining permission from TEA.
2) Residents of the state of Texas may reproduce and use copies of the Materials and Related Materials for individual personal use only, without obtaining written permission of TEA..
3) Any portion reproduced must be reproduced in its entirety and remain unedited, unaltered, and unchanged in any way..
4) No monetary charge can be made for the reproduced materials or any document containing them; however, a reasonable charge to cover only the cost of reproduction and distribution may be charged.
Private entities or persons located in Texas that are not Texas public school districts, Texas Education Service Centers, or Texas charter schools or any entity, whether public or private, educational or non-educational, located outside the state of Texas MUST obtain written approval from TEA and will be required to enter into a license agreement that may involve the payment of a licensing fee or a royalty.
For information contact: Office of Copyrights, Trademarks, License Agreements, and Royalties, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701-1494; phone 512-463-9041; email copyrights@tea.state.tx.us.

Spamming

Whether from a commercial entity or not, the cutting and pasting of an identical message to more than one member or group represents a form of spamming. While there might be legitimate reasons to do this, it's usually an attempt to take advantage of the time and attention of other members. Spamming diminishes the value that members find in a community like ours, since it can mean that they have to weed through unwanted solicitations or information in order to participate in the good discussions available here.

As well, the posting of discussion topics or replies that do not relate to online learning are also a form of spamming. Whether or not they are important topics in their own right, they potentially detract from the value of the TxVSN Professional Development Center to its members. It is a little harder to draw hard and fast lines here because we are a community, but if you are in doubt as to the appropriateness of posting a topic, please either email me or post it as a blog post instead of a forum discussion.

I will generally try to make contact with an individual before removing him or her from the community, but when clear violations are taking place I will immediately ban or close a member's account.

If you are the recipient of messages that were unsolicited or that you feel are spam, please alert my by sending me an email with the URL/link to the member who sent you the message.

Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions or idea. Thank you for being a part of TxVSN Professional Development Center!

Policies for TxVSN Professional Development Center Commercial Solicitations

There are two types of commercial issues that we have to deal with as a community.

The first is a commercial solicitation that has nothing to do withTxVSN Professional Development Center, or Online Learning in K12 education. Any individual or organization coming to our network who is clearly here to advertise a service unrelated to our common discussions will immediately be removed ("banned") from the network. If you see a member record or come across any material that you feel falls into this category, please email connie.swiderski@region10.org and I'll remove the account responsible. You can also do this privately by sending an email through the "Messages" component of the Collaborations section.

The second type of commercial solicitation requires a more nuanced, but no less definitive policy. These are individuals or companies who have created products or services which are in fact related to our discussions here. We need to have room for these folks to be active participants in the network--not to "pitch" their services, but because they have an interest in helping education and are often former educators who have seen a need that they are trying to fill. We want to encourage their participation because they can both add to regular discussions and can answer questions about their products or services better than anyone else.

If you are representing a commercial product or service that falls in this category, we ask first that you use your real name, and that you join as an individual an not as the "company." We also ask you not to post descriptions or pricing of your services in regular forum discussions or blogs, or in unsolicited personal messages or wall comments. Members who believe they are receiving such messages are encouraged to email me so that I can investigate.

We have a set up a "forum" for "shameless vendor promotions" where vendors can talk about product or service with all the gusto that you would like. However, if you post this material in the regular public areas, I will remove your account, which also removes all contributions you ever made to the network.

In no circumstance should a commercial entity ever "message" someone they are not already in contact with.

Hopefully, this policy balances the role of vendors in a healthy way. Please remember that we do want to encourage you to bring your experience, expertise, and thoughtful contributions to the rich array of discussions here. If a vendor is looking for a way to participate financially or to advertise here, we do not accept paid ads at TxVSN Professional Development Center.