Many times, course creators are tentative when it comes to adding disclaimers to their websites because they feel that it makes them look like they don’t stand behind what they’re saying or the information they plan to teach. However, when you don’t have a disclaimer, you’re leaving yourself open to a plethora of possible struggles. In this blog, we’ll give you a few of the reasons why having a disclaimed on your course website is so important, and what it protects the creators against. And don’t worry, a good virtual assistant can help you design a disclaimer that protects you, without making you seem like a snake oil salesman.
Disclaimers Protect You From Plagiarism
Disclaimers are not only about protecting you as the creator, they are also about protecting your work. Course creators spend so much time molding and showcasing their information and ideas, as well as time marketing and running the business aspects, having someone come along and profit off your hard work is one of the most devastating things that can happen. To protect your rights, you have to have a written disclaimer stating that no one is allowed to take your work and use it as their own.
They Protect Against Liability
Drafting a disclaimer can help your consumers understand the risks they take when entering your online site. Essentially it states your obligations to them, as well as what your qualifications are to give them this information. This is particularly important if you will hit a topic and subject matter that isn’t completely in the realm of your expertise. Even though a creator may think that their site is safe for consumption, other factors can be at play. For example, if someone is on your website and interacts with a third party, which most websites do allow either through their sales, data consumption, or even tech support, you don’t want to be liable for the advice the consumer may get.
The Company You Work For
Many online course creators have companies that they work for, especially if they work in the industry in which they are teaching a course. These companies can be held liable for anything that goes wrong on your course, and that can end with litigation and termination. That’s why it's so important that you create a disclaimer that states that the opinions you give are solely your own and do not reflect the ideas of any company or institution you’ve been or are currently associated with.
When drafting your disclaimer, remember to state the intentions of the course, your background of knowledge, as well as limit the scope of your liability. Try to consider what could possibly go wrong, and work backward. It may seem like your being overly cautious, but when your job, the work your created, and your name is at stake, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Remember, a good virtual assistant will have experience doing just this, and they can be an invaluable resource when creating a disclaimer. This isn’t the most inspiring part of course creating, but it’s certainly one of the most important steps.