Policy Page

version: March 2018

This page explains to the best of my ability without the assistance of legal input the ReflectiveLearning.Net policies for accessibility, privacy, and copyright/attribution. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at lisajohnsonphd [at] gmail [dot] com.

Accessibility Policy

Content provided on this site is done so with every intention toward compliance with modern web design standards and content design standards for accessibility. If you need an alternative to anything I create and provide embedded on this site (including more elaborate alt-text descriptions), please do not hesitate to request that. I will make every effort to provide you a reasonably equivalent alternative. I try my best to link to and use content that is accessible from others as well. However, sometimes when you click on a link you are exiting this site. For content not under this domain, you must work with that publisher/author for an alternative if needed.

Privacy Policy

Use of this site’s pages and commenting are, in theory, completely voluntary. However, if you have been asked to review a page on this site by a course instructor, colleague, or as part of some other requirement, rest assured no data is being collected intentionally or for commercial purposes by Dr. Johnson. I respect and want to protect your privacy and promise to do so as I am able to as the owner of this domain (ReflectiveLearning.Net) and publisher of the site (via WordPress, see their privacy policy). I do not currently use any paid advertising to make a profit from this site nor do I intend to do so. If you use any share or social button integrations provided to me via WordPress then you are doing so at your own risk. A few key points:

External Content/Linked Services: I cannot control what happens when you click on or follow a link to content I did not create. At that point, you are exiting this site and your privacy protection is no longer in my locus of control for the domain (ReflectiveLearning.Net). I make every effort to link to content and services who are reputable/credible and have privacy policies linked to their pages/sites.

Tracking: I do not track you. I cannot control what your web browser or device is tracking. That’s on you. The bottom line here is that I do my best to offer you a learning experience and I intend to do no harm.

Blog Comments & Privacy: In order for you to comment on a blog post on this site you must include an email. However, the email is not automatically published with your comment and is not stored anywhere publicly. I may use it to contact you about comments directly and away from the blog. I will not store or sell your email or other non-public information provided to me through this site via the host system, but I cannot control what WordPress does.

How to Report a Privacy Concern: If you are mentioned in a comment by me, someone else, or in any content published by the site owner and would like that removed or altered for any reason, please contact the owner, Dr. Johnson, at the email at the top of this page with the subject line Privacy Concern at ReflectiveLearning.Net, provide a link to the specific content in question, and include a succinct rationale for why it want it removed or altered in (preferably) English.

Copyright/Attribution Policy



This site is empowered by an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0), which means you are free to “Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format,” and “Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material” and I cannot “revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.”

If you link to or cite or otherwise use any content on this site created by Dr. Johnson, under the terms of this license, the following expectations apply: “Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes. ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.” Also, keep in mind these notices as stated at the Creative Commons page for the CC BY-NC-SA 3.0:

“You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation. No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.”

Finally, as for the term “non-commercial”  in the CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 policy, I do not exclude the so-called “for profit” education providers from using these materials under Fair Use. Here’s why….

Informed Opinion Alert
I grant For-Profit Education providers rights to use my content with the SAME rights/protections as any other EDU!

Anyone who thinks public and private universities are not turning a profit is delusional. All formal education content is used and is commercial to some extent (i.e., packaged and sold for tuition/fees). It is Dr. Johnson’s opinion that corporations and communities can both be good or evil and, in my idealistic view, shareholders are like a community of citizens who believe in an organization, invest in it, and benefit from that faith monetarily when the organization does well financially and has a good reputation. I believe from experience most regionally accredited and Dept of Education approved for-profit education providers in existence today intend and strive to do only good. I speak from 40+ years of experience in a wide variety of roles in the USA education industry, including 20+ years in professional, faculty, and administrative positions in public and private colleges/universities and in the “for-profit” sector of the education industry.

Yes, that’s right, formal education is and always has been an industry. Being an industry does not exclude educators or educational providers from being a service or contributing to the public good, of course! Healthcare, after all, is also an industry! (: It’s the publishers and platform providers who service education institutions (like the pharmaceutical and insurance companies that service healthcare organizations) that are turning the biggest profits, of course, and the executives throughout. Many faculty and researchers in the academies earn below minimum wage on average, in my experience, when we do our jobs well these days. So, as long as faculty are curating content to teach with and using my pages (and not just AI/auto-aggregators) I’ll share without a fee to anyone for the good of humanity (even when my content becomes a non-example ;). Again, this is my informed opinion, you do not have to agree with it.

Other Things To Know About Using This Site

I provide this site as a service with pure heart and good intent and make all reasonable efforts for effective ADA compliance and other regulatory expectations to the best of my ability and means. So, keep these things in mind:

1) By using this site you indemnify Dr. Johnson and anyone else who may post a guest blog or article on this site from any legal or financial actions against us for any harm to your privacy or due to issues of accessibility.

2) I report spammers to my email and this blog and anyone who is found to violate the attribution policy to appropriate authorities.

3) I reserve the right not to publish comments I find to be entirely self or business-promotional or otherwise gratuitous and advertising in nature. I reserve the same right for comments I deem offensive.

4) The copyright/ attribution and accessibility policies apply only to this site and have no bearing on policies for content I link to on pages within the site. Refer to those pages/sites’ policies and if you cannot find one, ask for it!