As a university, we have some unique instructional technology needs. Some of these are driven by the nature of an educational institution (i.e. privacy and FERPA). Others are based in policies and procedures unique to UC Irvine and the University of California system (i.e. acceptable liability). In some cases, tool compliance for UC Irvine might mean adherence to a more rigorous standard (i.e. accessibility).
Our goal is to identify and implement the most ideal tools for instruction in a streamlined and fully compliant environment.
So, what does this mean for vendors?
Put simply, it means that we want to work with vendors to ensure that use of instructional technology tools and resources is safe, presents minimal risk, and is fully compliant. If/When your tool is identified by an instructor or staff at UC Irvine, we will likely add your product to the queue of tools and resources to review. The review process will involve a team of UC Irvine specialists exploring your product, reading through the associated legal documents, testing the product in our local environment, and making a recommendation.
It is possible that the outcome of this recommendation will be a request to establish a more formalized agreement.