Use of Site
I. Outstanda Overview
Accounts are free for anyone who wishes to create one on Outstanda’s website. Each account represents one individual, real person and is not to be shared with others. The purpose of collecting information during the account creation process is to help proctors identify the person for assessments. Users are required to provide accurate information about themselves to create an account.
If someone does not want to take assessments, they may still need an account to act as a parent, instructor, proctor, or person in an organization, such as a principal or board member.
Outstanda strictly prohibits any one person from having multiple accounts. Account termination can occur if a user requests it, or if the user fails to comply with Outstanda’s usage policy, or for any reason Oustanda deems appropriate.
Never share your account access information.
Scholarships are earned by verified students who have been approved by a verified organization such as a school or other educational institution. In order to earn a scholarship, the student must successfully complete an approved assessment while being proctored. The scholarship funds are then added to the student’s account balance. When the balance exceeds a minimum limit, the student may choose to withdraw some or all of the scholarship funds.
Outstanda does not collect any bank or charge card information. Scholarship funds are sent electronically to a mobile device or email address. Alternatively, a physical prepaid debit card may be sent to the student’s organization for pickup, subject to restrictions and varying payment methods depending on location.
Outstanda offers learning assets and assessments at all levels, from grade school to adult workplace training and college courses. No account is needed to learn from the materials, and students are encouraged to explore outside materials in addition to what we provide. To enroll for assessments, students are required to provide accurate information so that their identity can be verified when taking assessments. Images must be clear, recognizable headshots, and while opting for no image is possible, students must have a photo ID to take an assessment. Students are free to update their image at any time, but the new image must be verified by an organization.
Any student found to have logged into another person’s account or attempted to cheat may be banned from the system for life and forfeit all scholarship funds. Outstanda takes academic integrity seriously and reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate action against any student who violates this policy.
Parents or guardians are encouraged to create an account to sign up children under 16 years of age. To get started, the parent should create an account and verify their email. Once the account is verified, they can log in and create an account for their child. This digital signature gives Outstanda permission to provide services and scholarship payments to the child.
Once logged in, parents can monitor their child’s assessment progress and scholarship earnings. Parents are encouraged to actively engage with their child and support them throughout their academic journey with Outstanda.
Proctors are independent contractors who are certified to verify identity and oversee assessments. To become a proctor, visit the link in the footer of Outstanda.Academy. Proctors are paid a per-session fee from the school fund.
Each organization may develop its own proctors or request local proctors. Virtual proctors are also available for small groups. Proctors must not help students with assessments, except for technical issues related to access. Proctors who help students with assessment questions will lose their proctor certification.
Organizations can be schools, universities, businesses, nonprofits, or community groups. The organization is responsible for verifying identity, funding scholarships and access, providing a safe physical or virtual space for collaboration, reviewing and approving project work, and certifying certificates. The primary role of an organization is to fund the scholarships, assess project work, approve assessment access, and digitally sign certificates earned.
Organizations can approve who joins and what learning gigs the students may access within the organization. The organization also approves proctors to oversee assessments. The scholarship funds are donated by individuals or businesses to the organization’s scholarship fund. Organizations are required to keep a minimum balance of assessment funds to keep assessments available for their students, and so the students will receive scholarships. Organizations do not own the funds. If the organization does not use the funds, they are retained by Outstanda.
Organizations that offer degrees or certificates should continue to do so, as Outstanda does not replace the standards of an organization.
Organizations must also comply with all international laws and regulations on data privacy, security, and protection. Any misuse or violation of these laws may result in the suspension or termination of the organization’s account.
II. Outstanda as a Nonprofit
A. General Fund
Outstanda is an Ohio nonprofit that aims to provide fair and accessible education opportunities to all students. To support the operation and development of the platform, Outstanda retains a general fund, which is funded by a 10% fee on individual organizations’ accounts when funded. It is also funded via grants, contributions, and any incoming funds not specifically earmarked for an organization. In addition, Outstanda is funded from any interest generated on scholarship funds as they remain in the bank.
B. Scholarship Fund
Assessment funds are in the account of the organization, with a minimum balance required for assessments to be open to students. Organizations must maintain minimum funds for students to have access to assessments. Students may not take assessments approved by the organization if there are not enough funds to award the scholarship.
When students pass assessments while being proctored, the scholarship funds are added to the student balance from the organization balance. Students can withdraw some or all of the scholarship funds once they exceed the minimum limit. Outstanda does not ask for bank or charge card information, the funds are sent electronically to mobile or email. In some cases, a physical prepaid debit card can be sent to the organization for pickup.
Organizations can set what percentage of the scholarship fund is accessible immediately and what percentage is saved for a minor student until they turn 18.
Payments vary based on location and restrictions apply. Organizations do not own the scholarship funds, but they are donated money earmarked for their scholarships. If an organization does not use them, the funds are retained by Outstanda.
C. Scholarships and Taxes
Outstanda is a nonprofit organization that receives donations and provides scholarship funds to students who successfully master educational materials. It is important to note that students are responsible for paying all taxes on these donations based on their local laws. Students can download details of their scholarship funds from their accounts for each year. While most students will not need to report income from these scholarships as they will be small, it is the responsibility of students to understand their limits and requirements for reporting income and paying taxes. Outstanda is not responsible for any tax obligations incurred by students. Any errors or omissions in tax reporting should be promptly reported to the appropriate authorities by the student, and Outstanda should be notified of any such reporting errors or misinformation.
Outstanda is committed to maintaining blind fairness in its scholarship and assessment processes. Each approved organization has a scholarship fund from which students can draw, and these funds are donated money earmarked for organizational scholarships. In accordance with international standards, Outstanda does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, sexuality, nationality, or religion.
B. Information Collection
Outstanda does not collect bank or charge card data from students for scholarship payments. Payment does not require it. Outstanda only collects the minimum data needed to verify identity and communicate with students.
Outstanda does not collect data on race, gender, religion, economic level, or sexuality. General aggregate reporting may be done on postal code, or by organization, but not based on individual characteristics.
The platform is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all users, and takes appropriate measures to protect the data collected.
Outstanda is not liable for any damages or losses resulting from the use of the platform, and reserves the right to modify or terminate the platform at any time.
IV. Content Information
Our Site, images, data, text, audio, videos, photographs, custom graphics, logos, button icons, descriptions, and all other material provided and the collection and compilation, and assembly thereof are the exclusive property of Outstanda and are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. Materials clearly labeled as creative commons may be used for non-commercial use in education with attribution.
Educational content provided by Outstanda is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License unless otherwise specified. The exception is if the material is a third-party resource, such as a YouTube video or copyrighted material, which is the sole property of the creator. Any material generated by artificial intelligence is reviewed and edited by human editors, who verify the accuracy and ensure the appropriateness of the material. The material is the property of Outstanda and may be used for non-commercial purposes only.
Outstanda reserves the right to modify or remove content at any time without notice and is not responsible for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this content.
V. Legal Usage
The legal usage section outlines important terms and conditions for using Outstanda. By using the Outstanda website or services, you agree to be bound by these terms.
A. Errors and Omissions
Outstanda takes reasonable steps to ensure that the information provided on our website is accurate and up to date. However, we cannot guarantee that all information is error-free or up-to-date. Many learning assets are outside of Outstanda’s control. Outstanda is not liable for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information provided on our website or in our services.
B. Reporting Errors
If you find an error or inaccuracy in the information provided on our website, please report it to us as soon as possible so that we can correct it.
Outstanda strives to provide accurate and reliable information on our website and in our services. However, we cannot guarantee that all information is accurate or reliable. Outstanda is not responsible for any misinformation or misinterpretation of information provided on our website or in our services.
Outstanda makes every effort to ensure that our website and services are available and accessible at all times. However, we cannot guarantee that our website or services will be uninterrupted or error-free. Outstanda is not liable for any downtime or interruptions in our website or services.
Some of our services may require funds or transfer funds. Outstanda reserves the right to suspend or terminate your access to our website or services if funding is not received on time. Outstanda is not responsible for the transfer of funds between organizations and students.
Outstanda does not guarantee any particular outcome or result from using our website or services. We make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, regarding the use or results of our website or services. Learning gigs support learning but are not comprehensive courses. Use of other materials is always encouraged.
Outstanda disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. Outstanda is not liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from the use or inability to use our website or services.
H. International Considerations
Outstanda operates in the United States and may not be available or suitable for use in other countries. It is your responsibility to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in your country or jurisdiction.
I. Arbitration Clause
Any disputes arising from the use of Outstanda will be resolved through binding arbitration in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association and arbitration will be resolved in the State of Ohio.
J. Additional Terms
Outstanda may have additional terms and conditions that apply to specific services or features. These additional terms will be posted on our website and will be considered part of the legal usage section.
By using Outstanda, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. If you do not agree with any of these terms, please do not use our website or services.
Outstanda provides comprehensive privacy tools to protect your identity. You may make your name and image public on your certificates and transcripts if you are over the age of 13. You also grant access to your information to people administering any organization you join.
A. Data Collection
Important: We make nearly all learning materials open to the public with no login. Outside of basic website traffic tracking, you can learn without any personal information collected by Outstanda. In order to take assessments, join organizations, and recieve scholarships and certificates, we must have personal information.
The data collected may include name, age, address, phone number, email address, and headshot. This information is required to verify the identity of the person for assessment purposes. Outstanda does not collect gender, race, or religion information.
It is important to note that the data collected from minors >13 is only visible to the organizations where the students apply and administrative staff of Outstanda.
B. Certificates and Transcripts
Certificates and transcripts can be made public, but minors under 13 years have this data hidden, and older students may adjust settings in their account to hide their image and name. They can also be restricted to not show personal details.
C. Secret Key
To ensure the safety and privacy of Outstanda useers, a secret key to expose name and image in an link can be used to open restricted access. This is useful for sharing with potential employers, family, or other schools where a student is applying.
D. Data Expungement
An account owner can request to expunge legal name, email, phone, address, and image from the system. However, this process cannot be reversed and requires a three-part process, including a request, a follow-up via primary email, and confirmation by electronic signature. Any funds remaining in the account after expungement are transferred to the general fund of Outstanda.
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PAYMENT TO STUDENTS
Students are sometimes paid when they successfully master a program. All payments are subject to the nonprofit availability of funds from schools or donations. Students must be approved in advance, show no signs of cheating or fraud, and complete a proctored assessment.
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