Acceptable Use Policy


CCTE is committed to improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning by expanding access to high quality teaching and learning materials that can be easily incorporated into classroom instruction across the K-20 continuum.

By using the CCTE website, you agree to the terms of  CCTE’S Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and promise to use any content found on the CCTE website, whether in whole or in part, for personal, non-commercial, and educational purposes only as described in this policy. You also agree to comply with prevailing United States laws regarding copyright and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.

Violation of this AUP may result in:

  • The suspension and/or termination of access to CCTE services and features and/or
  • CCTE’s notification to the violator’s home institution of the abuse of CCTE’s services or features and/or
  • Other actions deemed appropriate by CCTE.

Acceptable Use

The CCTE website  is a free and open resource designed primarily for educators across the K-20 continuum.  CCTE is built on the collaboration of its partners, community members, registered members, and users. In that spirit, CCTE allows access to its site and the materials therein for personal and non-commercial uses as set forth in this policy.  CCTE is committed to improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning by expanding access to high quality teaching and learning materials that can be easily incorporated into classroom instruction.

Violations of Acceptable Use

The following constitute violations of this AUP:

  • Providing services for a fee using CCTE materials or those materials found on the CCTE website, with exceptions noted in this policy.
  • Sending unsolicited commercial e-mail or bulk-mail to CCTE registered members or using a CCTE email or website address to distribute commercial email.
  • Sending large volumes of unsolicited email or bulk-mail for commercial or non-commercial purposes to CCTE members, based on collection from the CCTE website, of CCTE member data.
  • Using CCTE services to harm, or attempt to harm, minors in any way.
  • Using CCTE services or products to make fraudulent offers to buy or sell items or services found on the CCTE website.
  • Collecting, either manually or through automated processes (harvesting), CCTE data.
  • Accessing and using CCTE member profiles or collecting personal data from or about CCTE’s registered members without proper authorization.

Violations Related to CCTE Public Blogs and Forums

The following constitute additional violations of this AUP:

  • Inappropriate Content:  All content posted to CCTE public spaces must be focused on the topic of effective instructional practices, or learning and teaching in general, and users’ experiences and discussions as they relate to these topics.   Content that is not appropriate includes, but is not limited to, advertising (see below), material copyrighted by someone other than the submitter, or any content that is vulgar or obscene or contains adult themes or images.

Abusive language, name-calling, insults, harassment, and personal attacks will not be tolerated. Further, members are prohibited from making posts or comments that encourage this type of behavior. CCTE reserves the right to take appropriate measures, including deleting content, blocking any member from posting to our site and/or revoking membership for any behavior we determine to be damaging to our community.

  • Advertising:  It is not appropriate to advertise any business, products or services on CCTE public blogs or forums, public image gallery or in comments posted to another member’s blog/forum posts. It is acceptable to mention a business on one’s own profile page or blog posts, but not elsewhere on the website.  CCTE will delete any content construed as advertising.

The posting of discussion topics or replies that do not relate to educational topics are considered forms of spamming and will be removed.  Whether or not they are important topics in their own right, they potentially detract from the value of CCTE to its members. If you are in doubt as to the appropriateness of posting a topic, please email the webmaster at ____________________

Creative Commons and CCTE Intellectual Property

CCTE recognizes the effort and commitment of the many different kinds of CCTE community members who participate in building and sustaining the repository and services that comprise the CCTE website.  To protect the membership and its contributions to the community, CCTE has adopted the intellectual property (IP) protection policies of the consortium, Creative Commons (  to 1) encourage creators of online materials to share their work with others who might wish to reuse the materials in creative ways, and 2) ensure that contributions of online materials by CCTE members to the CCTE community are protected from misuse and abuse.

For Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ) about Creative Commons, visit

CCTE Creative Commons License Policy

The following definitions are important in this policy with regard to outlining the expectations of individuals and institutions associated with CCTE.

  • CCTE Partners – individuals or institutions that choose to contribute to the CCTE website. These entities will adopt and abide by this CCTE AUP.
  • CCTE Users – individuals or groups that choose to use the CCTE website. These entities will adopt and abide by this CCTE AUP.

In general, this policy requires both Partners and Users 1) to always attribute the creator of the intellectual property (Attribution) and; 2) not permit the intellectual property (IP) to be used for commercial purposes (Non Commercial) and; 3) either restrict users from modifying the IP (No Derivative) or allow them to modify it for their own environments and circumstances (Derivative).  All three conditions must be met.

Intellectual property created by CCTE Partners and Users continues to be owned by those individuals or institutions.  CCTE makes no claim to that IP.  However, because CCTE is a nonprofit organization that encourages the reuse of learning materials for creative teaching and learning, CCTE endeavors to promote best practice use of its members’ IP in non-commercial environments by other creative users of the IP, while always requiring attribution of the work to the IP creator. For this reason, CCTE requires submission of materials to its website to fall under the Creative Commons license, by-nc-sa – Attribution, Non Commercial, Derivative, Share-Alike.

If you believe that your work has been used or copied in a way that violoates this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), please notify CCTE in writing as required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


This policy has been adapted and reproduced with permission from MERLOT – the Multimedia Resource for Learning Online and Teaching ( All rights reserved.