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Name Type User consent
Terms of use Site policy All users
Privacy policy Privacy policy All users
Research Consent Other policy All users


These are the terms of use of the OpenEvo Learning Hub. Please read carefully and agree to the terms of use before continuing to use this platform. 

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User accounts

Upon registration, users are asked to submit first and last names, a valid email address, and further optional information. You are required to provide truthful information and not use phantasy names or false identities.

The user password shall be treated confidentially and may not be disclosed to third parties. Users are not permitted to allow third parties to use the OpenEvo learning hub. Users are obliged to inform the OpenEvo coordinators immediately if there is reason to suspect that a third party has knowledge of access data and/or is misusing an account. 

Behavioral rules

All users of the platform are expected to treat each other in a friendly, polite, and respectful manner by cultivating viewpoint diversity, intellectual humility, and respectful communication within the constraints of a science-based discussion around globally prosocial values. No forms of illegal action, violence, ethnocentrism, or discrimination -  including racism, sexism, anti-semitism, islamo-, homo- or transphobia - will be tolerated.

Commercial activities

Users are not allowed to use this platform to engage in commercial activities, i.e. no selling or advertising specific products or services for commercial gain or sending unsolicited commercial messages (SPAM). Some exceptions may apply depending on the context, such as if teacher professional development modules are commonly remunerated by institutional arrangements in the target context. Sharing information about or recommending a product or service is allowed if it is of general interest to the education and research community. Please contact the OpenEvo coordinators if you are not sure that your planned activity is acceptable.


The learning content on the OpenEvo learning hub is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence, unless otherwise stated. Under this licence you are free to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
  • ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

We strongly endorse the Creative Commons, and encourage all work developed here to be within one of the multiple licensing options this framework affords. Learn more: 

It is forbidden to make learning content accessible or distribute it via the OpenEvo learning hub if it violates legal regulations or the rights of third parties. Before uploading or entering content (e.g. photos, texts, documents etc.), the user must ensure that he/she is entitled to exclusive rights of use for the file and that public access to the file does not violate laws, company regulations, or the rights of third parties.

It is forbidden to publish user-generated data or make it accessible to third parties, unless consent has been given in specific contexts.

The use of computer programs for the automatic reading of data, such as crawlers, spiders or bots, is also prohibited.

Sanctions in case of violations

If we notice any behavior that violates the above terms, we reserve the right to engage in the following sanctioning mechanisms:

  • warning of a user
  • partial or complete deletion of learning content or files of a user
  • limitation/ restriction of the use of applications on the platform
  • unenrollment of a user from a specific module
  • temporary suspending of a user
  • permanent deletion of a user

When choosing the sanctions to be imposed in the event of breaches of user obligations, we will take into account the legitimate interests of the user concerned in the decision and, among other things, will also take into account whether the user is guilty of misconduct without fault or whether the breach has been intentionally committed.

It is the responsibility of users acting as teachers and mentors within specific modules to ensure that the above-mentioned conditions are met. In case of violations of the terms of use, they are the first point of contact and have the right to engage in sanction mechanisms within their roles, including: 

  • warning of a user
  • partial or complete deletion of content submitted by a user
  • limitation/ restriction of the use of applications within the module
  • unenrollment from the module
In case of more severe violations necessitating suspension or deletion of user accounts, teachers are required to contact the OpenEvo learning hub managers.


All the information on the OpenEvo learning hub is published in good faith and for educational and general information purposes only. OpenEvo does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this platform is strictly at your own risk. OpenEvo and its host institution, the Max Planck Institue for evolutionary anthropology, will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of this website. 

From this website, you can visit other websites by following hyperlinks to such external sites or viewing embedded content. While we strive to provide only quality links to useful and ethical websites, we have no control over the content and nature of these sites. Links to other websites do not imply a recommendation for all the content found on these sites. Site owners and content may change without notice and may occur before we have the opportunity to remove a link or embedded content that may have gone 'bad'.

Please be also aware that when you leave our website, other sites may have different privacy policies and terms which are beyond our control. Please be sure to check the Privacy Policies of these sites as well as their "Terms of Service" before engaging in any business or uploading any information.


This privacy policy explains the kinds of data that is collected of you as you participate in this platform, the purpose of data collection, and your rights as a user.
Please read carefully and agree to the following privacy policy in order to continue using our platform.

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OpenEvo is an educational innovation project of the Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for evolutionary anthropology. 

Contact Details

Max Planck Institute for evolutionary anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6

01403 Leipzig


phone: +49 (0)341 3550 - 0


Primary contact for the OpenEvo Learning Hub:

Dustin Eirdosh 

Privacy Officer: 

Susan Hanisch,

Data collection

We collect personal data on the OpenEvo Learning Hub site in the following way. 


When you create an account on the OpenEvo Learning Hub, you are required to submit the following information:

  • username

  • First name

  • Last name

  • email address

  • password

After registering you may change your first and last names, email address and password any time. Only the admin can change usernames.

You may optionally provide further profile information such as city and country, institution, or your website.

Visiting the site

The following data is collected by Moodle in a log file when visiting the site:

  • IP address

  • Time and date of access

  • username (or “Guest” when not logged in)

  • context of activity, e.g. system, module category, module, activity or material, dashboard

  • type of activity, e.g. viewing, creating, deleting, submitting an assignment, answering a quiz question, starting a lesson, posting a forum entry

This data is collected at site and at module level. Only admin have access to log data at site level, while teachers have access to log data at the module level.

This logging of activities is necessary to assure the functionality of the site. Furthermore, it is necessary both for students and teachers to track learning progress and completion of activities and modules. 

You can not opt-out of this data being collected as you visit the site. 

Engaging in modules and activities

Data is submitted by users within activities in modules, including quiz and questionnaire responses, assignments, forum discussion entries.

This data is deleted when modules are deleted. Teachers can export this module data into other formats and process it outside of the OpenEvo Moodle site.

Data transfer and processing

Any of the collected data within modules may be exported by admin or teachers to be further processed and published for research and educational purposes. During processing for research purposes, all data is anonymized (names/usernames, IP addresses and any other identifying information will be redacted). None of your personal data will ever be shared with third parties outside the OpenEvo network.

You are asked to give or withhold your voluntary consent for the use of your data for these research purposes in the Research Consent form. 

For transparency, you may also be asked within specific modules to give or withhold your voluntary consent for the use of your data for research purposes. Your decision in this instance applies only to the respective module context and overrides your decision in the Research Consent form.

Data retention and deletion

All data collected on the site will be stored indefinitely in order to trace the history of use of the platform. 

You may request the deletion of your data and user account through the data removal request on your profile page. Note that this will no longer allow you to log in to the site and information about all your previous activities on the site, including all module and activity completions, will be deleted. Any forum posts are blanked and replaced with a sentence stating that the post has been removed. However, if the user started any discussions, their name is still shown on the forum page.


This Moodle platform uses Cookies. Cookies are text files stored in the Internet browser or on the user's computer system. A cookie enables the browser to be clearly identified when visiting the website again. 

Two cookies are used on this site: MoodleSession and MoodleID

MoodleSession must be enabled in your browser so that you remain logged in as you visit different pages of the site. When you log out or close the browser, the cookie is deleted automatically.

MoodleID remembers your username for the next time you login to the site. You can opt in or out of allowing this cookie through the checkbox “Remember username” on the login page.


We use the web analytics service Matomo. Matomo is used to analyze the behavior of website visitors to identify potential pitfalls, not found pages, and to understand which contents are the most visited by which types of user.

Matomo is processing the following personal data:

  • Cookies

  • IP address

  • Country location of the user

  • Date and time

  • Title of the page being viewed

  • URL of the page being viewed

  • URL of the page that was viewed prior to the current page

  • Device type, screen resolution, operating system, Browser, Browser language

  • Time in local timezone

  • Files that were clicked and downloaded

  • Link clicks to an outside domain

  • Pages generation time

This data is not being stored together with Moodle log data such as user names and specific type of activity nor with user profile data.

User’s Rights

The right to be informed - You have the right to be informed by us about the data stored about you on the OpenEvo learning hub. On your profile page you find the option to contact the OpenEvo Learning Hub Privacy Officer with your questions and concerns.

The right of access - You have the right to access and receive a copy of your personal data. You can access your profile data and export all of your personal data on your OpenEvo Learning Hub profile page.

The right to rectification - You have the right to have incorrect or incomplete data about you corrected or completed. You can do this partly by yourself by editing your profile information, or ask administrators.

The right to erasure or right to be forgotten - You have the right to delete all your personal data and your user account. You can delete your account and request to delete your data on your OpenEvo Learning Hub profile page.

The right to restrict processing - You have the right to opt-out of further processing of your data for research purposes in the Research Consent form. Please also see the section on Data transfer and processing above.

The right to data portability - You have the right to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes. You can access your profile data and export all of your personal data on your OpenEvo Learning Hub profile page.


In this research consent form you can opt-in or out of the use of your data collected on this platform for educational research purposes. You can change your mind about your participation at any time by returning to this form. 

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Dear OpenEvo participant,

For the last twenty-five years, the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) in Leipzig, Germany, has conducted a wide range of research to advance our understanding of the behaviors, minds, and cultures of humans and other species.

OpenEvo is an educational innovation project of the Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology at the MPI-EVA. Our aim is to develop tools and infrastructure for the collaborative cultivation of open educational resources for students and scientists at all stages of learning in order to help all humans develop helpful understandings about what it means to be human. 

We would like to learn from your experience to find out what learning goals and competencies participants are developing, what works well and not so well, and to make adjustments and improvements to learning experiences and the platform along the way. Therefore, we would like to collect and analyze data, including activity logs, forum discussions, and submitted activities such as assignments, quizzes, questionnaires, and lessons for educational research purposes.

Your data collected on the platform will be exported and anonymized (names, locations, IP addresses, and any other identifying information redacted) for further analysis. Your personal information will never be shared with anyone beyond the educator-researchers on the platform. If you choose to participate, your anonymized data will be included in our database and research reporting to help inform new ideas and policies in curriculum and school design. 

You have the option to opt-in or out of participating anonymously in this research effort. You can change your mind about your participation at any time, without question, by returning to this form. Whether or not you give consent also has no impact on your completion of modules on this platform.

For transparency, you may also be asked within specific modules to give or withhold your voluntary consent for the use of your data for research purposes. Your decision in this instance applies only to the respective module context and overrides your decision in this platform-wide Research Consent form (i.e. you can withhold your consent for the use of your data on the whole platform, but give your consent for the use of your data within a specific module; or vice versa).

Thank you for taking the time to clarify your consent in this effort.