Rules (T&C)

General: Stanford Crowd Course Initiative is now Stanford Scholar!

The Stanford Crowd Course Initiative is an experimental program by Stanford professors and researchers to facilate students to share their knowledge with others and exploring the possibility of collaborative teaching or course creation.

As part of this program, you get to collaborate with other participants and create an online course. Together, as an adhoc team, you'll be responsible for designing the structure, flow and content of the course. You are free to collaborate in anyway you want, but over the internet. The topics can vary, but will be chosen by Stanford organizers of this program. Once your application is accepted, you get access to necessary resources and will receive feedback/mentorship from the professor about teaching and course creation. Your work may also be used to teach a real Stanford class and published on the website for larger audience (under Creative Commons license). This is your chance to demonstrate your knowledge and experience a unique collaborative course creation initiative. We may expect your time commitment to be about 5 hours/week, for 2-4 weeks. Please note that this is a voluntary program, and you won’t be monetarily compensated for your contribution.

Data Collection and Privacy Policy:

Participation in the challenge is voluntary, and you will not be penalized or lose benefits if you refuse to participate or decide to stop. We will not publicly disclose any identifying information about the team or individual, without obtaining their explicit consent - for example, at the time of publishing the course on this website. We may publish aggregate patterns of communication and process (in a scholarly research venue) or exemplar contest entries that do not reveal the identity of participants. Also, we may follow-up with high-performing individuals, to understand their approach for the program.

Risk and Discomforts:

We anticipate no significant risks and no discomfort while you're participating in this program. You may request researchers to delete any data of yours from the research experiment at any time for any reason. As part of our research, in publications, we will make sure to exclude any information that can lead to identification of individuals, unless we have an explicit permission from you. While participating in this program, you may be expected to intereact with other participants via video conferencing meetings, where other participants might learn about your identity or email address.

Participant’s Rights:

If you have read this note and have decided to participate in this project, please understand your participation is voluntary and you have the right to withdraw your consent or discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. The alternative is not to participate. You have the right to refuse to answer particular questions. The results of this research study may be presented at scientific or professional meetings or published in scientific journals.

Understanding Participation Rules:

By participating in this program, you agree that you understand (via website or email interaction with the organizers): (i) the purposes, procedures, and duration of the research; (ii) any procedures which are experimental; (iii) any reasonably foreseeable risks, discomforts, and benefits of the research; (iv) any potentially beneficial alternative procedures or treatments; and (v) how confidentiality will be maintained. Read the website or contact organizers if any of these are unclear.

Policy against misconduct or cheating:

We expect our participants to follow the process with moral integrity. Any sort of misconduct or cheating will not be tolerated. We reserve right to disqualify any participant based on our discretion without prior notice.

You may contact Rajan Vaish at rvaish@cs.stanford.edu any time you have questions about the research or in the event of a research-related injury to you as a subject. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject, you may contact the Stanford Institutional Review Board (650)-723-2480 or toll free at 1-866-680-2906 or write to the Stanford IRB, Stanford University, 3000 El Camino Real, Five Palo Alto Square, 4th Floor, Palo Alto, CA 94306.