New website promotes good teaching

first_imgIn an effort to recognize the importance of teaching, the Rossier School of Education partnered with 2tor, Inc — a company that provides online education along with universities — to create an innovative platform to show appreciation for teachers, using new media.The website, “My Teacher, My Hero,” was launched in conjunction with the Rossier’s new Masters of Arts in Teaching online course, MAT@USC. The website allows people to upload videos of themselves thanking their teachers and emphasizing the importance of the profession.“[It] shows people who are considering becoming teachers how important and impactful the profession is,” said Margo Pensavalle, associate professor of clinical education.The purpose of My Teacher, My Hero is two-fold, said Jeremy Johnson, 2tor chief technology officer. The site is run by MAT@USC and 2tor and is a vehicle to promote the new program and show interested applicants how to receive more information.The site hopes to “help raise the status of teachers in our society” by hosting numerous videos from “leaders in film, entertainment, and politics that are speaking about how their teachers impacted their lives,” Johnson said.Contributors who have already uploaded video to the site include Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, musician Sean Paul, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and president of HBO Entertainment Sue Naegle.The creators of My Teacher, My Hero are hoping to get site visits from students, teachers and young children alike. The site will recognize teachers and show that people appreciate what they contribute. Johnson also wants parents and young children who visit the site to see the incredible impact teachers have on society.They want to “show people that being a teacher is a rich [and] rewarding profession” and prospective teachers “should not feel as though others will not respect them,” Johnson said.2tor chose to use video as a mechanism to recognize teachers because “video allows you to touch and feel something a little more acutely and be a little more involved,” according to Johnson.The video submission process is user friendly, and social media tools make it simpler to share video. 2tor set up links to Facebook, Twitter and an email form to “make [uploading a video] easiest as possible.”The onus is on the video submitter to share the video with the public and email it to their teacher, if they so choose, Johnson said.USC students recognized the value of demonstrating appreciation for great teaching, but there were mixed opinions on whether they would actually upload videos.“I’ve had good teachers, but not enough to put a video online,” said Jayson Kellogg, a sophomore majoring in philosophy.Freshman Ann Jankowski, however, said she would upload a video for her favorite teacher in high school that wasn’t liked by many other students.“I adored her and I want to show her that people care and she deserves to be acknowledged,” Jankowski, a theatre major, said.last_img read more

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Three British sides can make it through to the last 32 of the Europa…

first_imgTottenham could secure their place in the next stage of the Europa League with victory at home to Partizan Belgrade.A point for Everton away to Wolfsburg will see them qualify from Group H.While a draw at home to Salzburg will also be good enough to see Celtic progress.last_img

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What Does Your SaaS Agreement Risk Model Look Like

first_imgSaaS agreement risk modelDon’t be surprised if you don’t totally understand this expansion-stage question, even though you want to know the answer. Ok, let me explain, and this will (hopefully) become clearer.In every SaaS transaction, the law imposes a liability model that is limited only by what your customer can prove as its damages under contract law. Therefore, each SaaS agreement has an embedded contractual risk/liability model (i.e. limitation of liability clause) that modifies the liability model with the purpose of lowering your risk (stick with me, this is not that hard).You can recognize these models by their language, which looks something like: “X is not liable for indirect, special or consequential damage . . . X liability for direct damages is limited to . . .”  These clauses are actually super important, so don’t ignore these as simply legal “boilerplate” language. In fact, most SaaS lawyers would say that these clauses are the most important clauses in any SaaS agreement.Let’s take a conceptual look at three different contractual risk/liability models to get a sense of how they work.Model 1: Standard model, where vendor is liable only for direct damages up to 1X (e.g. amount paid in the last 12 months).SaaS agreement risk model Model 2: Modified model, where vendor’s liability for direct damages is capped at three times X, with exceptions (a.ka. unlimited liability) for (i) breach of confidentiality (breach of contract), (ii) IP infringement (=indemnity), and (iii) gross negligence or willful misconduct (=tort). SaaS agreement risk modelModel 3: Advanced model, which is the same as Model 2 but direct damages are limited to 1X and certain claims are limited to 3X.SaaS agreement risk modelSo, the takeaway here is for each expansion stage company to get a better understanding of what its SaaS agreement liability model looks like. So grab your agreement and go find this language. It may not look exactly like one of these but I bet it is close to one of them. If you now have a better understanding of these embedded risk models, then you are closer to deciding what language is right for your company (and what you may ‘consider‘ agreeing to in a larger/enterprise SaaS deal) — which is really the goal here. Go ahead and give it a try, and let us know what you figure out. Disclaimer: This post is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not legal advice. You should hire an attorney if you need legal advice, which should be provided only after review of all relevant facts and applicable law.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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