Online Learning  /  Personal Privacy and Intellectual Property

Personal Privacy and Intellectual Property

In an online learning environment, students must respect the privacy of their classmates and not share personal information about other students beyond the online classroom. Students must not share class recordings, transcripts, or links to lectures and discussion sessions with anyone who is not enrolled in the class, or teaching or supporting the class. While each student enrolled in a course should have access to all course materials and learning options, they should also remember they have an ethical responsibility as members of the Caltech community to keep this information private. Violations of these expectations may be considered violations of the Honor Code and of the Caltech Code of Conduct.

To make it possible for students to experience all course content, regardless of their time zone and available bandwidth, required live class sessions will be recorded and made available only to students in the class, who must also log in using their access.caltech credentials. Neither instructors nor students are permitted to share these videos with anyone outside the class.

Students have various choices about how their images, voices, and information appear in class session videos. When making these choices, please consider the impact on learning and the sense of community in the class, which benefit from interacting with instructors and peers. For students not comfortable sharing their name, video, photo, and audio, there are Zoom settings to consider. Options in Zoom include: changing the way the text of one's name appears (e.g., first name only); turning off one's camera (NB: doing so will display a profile photo if provided in the profile settings); and typing in the chat window for questions and discussion.