Since announcing the launch of iKnow! as a paid service starting on March 1st, we have received a large amount of feedback on the position of content created by users within this service. We realize that lack of clarity on this issue has caused concern, for which we apologize.
After careful consideration, we have decided to take the following approach:
* On Tuesday, February 8, we will make all user-created courses private on the new iKnow! service.
At that point, only the course creator will be able to access these courses. Other users will not be able to see these courses in their course library or study them on iKnow! In addition, any goals made at Smart.fm from now until the end of March will also be private on iKnow! and visible only to the course creator. Please note that this will not affect user-created courses on Smart.fm. Everyone can continue studying these courses on Smart.fm until that service closes on March 31, 2011.
* In early April we will release content creation tools and course privacy settings on iKnow! that will allow you to share your courses.
This will allow you to share your courses with users. If you want others to have the option of studying your courses, you can set your courses to public. (For those previously enrolled in such courses, the courses will then show up in your iKnow! library.) But if you are uncomfortable sharing your content within the context of a paid service, then you don’t have to do anything. Other users won’t be able to access your courses.
It’s important to note here that you do not need to be a paid member to access your account on iKnow! and change the privacy settings on any of your courses. All users, paid or not, will still have access to the site. The only limitations are on studying with the applications.
Finally, we understand that sharing courses is particularly important for teachers. We highly value the support that schools, teachers, and students have given us, and we are currently building group functionality to facilitate the sharing of content between teachers and their students on iKnow!
The iKnow! Team