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Terms of Service Agreement

Last revised: March, 2014

Acceptance of Terms

Please read this Terms of Service Agreement ("Terms of Service", "Terms of Use") carefully. These terms apply to Education Portal and its related websites owned and operated by Remilon, LLC ("Education Portal,", "Site", "Sites", "our", "us"). Education Portal provides the Services, which are defined below, to you subject to the following Terms of Service, which may be updated by us from time to time without notice to you. BY ACCESSING, BROWSING OR USING THE SITE AND THE SERVICES PROVIDED THROUGH OR IN CONNECTION WITH EDUCATION PORTAL, YOU SIGNIFY AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ THE TERMS OF SERVICE AND AGREE THAT THE TERMS OF SERVICE CONSTITUTES A BINDING LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND EDUCATION PORTAL, AND THAT YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY AND COMPLY WITH THE TERMS OF SERVICE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF SERVICE, PLEASE DO NOT ACCESS THE SITES. YOUR CONTINUED USE OF THE SERVICES FOLLOWING ANY POSTED CHANGES TO THE TERMS OF SERVICE CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF SUCH CHANGES.

YOU AGREE THAT BY USING THE SERVICE YOU REPRESENT THAT YOU ARE LEGALLY ABLE TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT AND YOU CERTIFY TO EDUCATION PORTAL THAT: (i) you are at least eighteen (18) years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent. You affirm that you are over the age of 13 as Education Portal is not intended for children under 13; (ii) you are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations and warranties herein and you assume full responsibility for the use of the Service by any minors; (iii) you agree that all information you have submitted through the Service, online or otherwise, is accurate and complete, and that you have not knowingly submitted false information on or through the site; and, (iv) your use of the Service is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Privacy Policy

Education Portal respects your privacy and permits you to control the treatment of your personal information. Please click here to see Education Portal's Privacy Policy. Our Privacy Policy is expressly incorporated by reference into this Terms of Service Agreement. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms of Service and the Privacy Policy, you may not use or access the Service.

Terms Applicable to All Services

Our Service is an educational website that provides online courses, subscription memberships, and content about degrees, schools and careers where you can learn and research and compare educational programs (collectively, the "Service"). Education Portal does not endorse or recommend the products or services of any particular Client (defined below) on its site or guarantee acceptance into any particular program. Education Portal is not an agent of either you or any Client.

You understand and agree that if you enter your information on any form while using the Service, Education Portal will share your personal information (such as your full name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and any other information you provided or permitted us to obtain and disclose) with any Clients, including but not limited to educational institutions (hereinafter referred to individually and/or collectively as "Client(s)") to process and fulfill your request and use the information in any other way consistent with the Privacy Policy incorporated above.

You understand that Clients are not employees or agents of Education Portal, nor is Education Portal an agent of the Clients. The terms of your relationship with any Client, including terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such Client. Your rights under any contract you may enter into with any Client are governed by the terms of such contracts and by applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations. Should you have a dispute with any Client, you must address such dispute with the Client directly. You agree not to hold Education Portal liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any of your dealings with any Client.

Education Portal does not guarantee that it will be able to match you with a Client through your use of this Service or that the Clients available through this Service are either capable of or willing to provide you with products or services. Education Portal and our participating Clients expressly reserve the right to discontinue, suspend or terminate the offering of Education Portal's Service and participating Clients' products or services at any time and without prior notice. Furthermore, Education Portal may be used as a guide to assist you in determining which schools you should consider applying to, but is not an application to educational institutions.

By entering your information on any form or using a third-party social networking sites ("SNS") (including, but not limited to, Facebook) or clicking on any button indicating an acceptance or agreement to terms, or a continuance of processing or submission, you understand that you are agreeing to the stated terms and conditions of that submission and that you are submitting an inquiry as to any product through our Service. By entering your information on any form or using a SNS, including but not limited to registration, login, information request, feedback, etc., you are consenting to providing us such information (or for us to extract it from the applicable SNS) and to receive information and/or marketing messages and be contacted via email, telephone, text message, prerecorded message and auto dialer or any other technologies from Education Portal and/or third parties that have products or services which may be of interest to you, even if you have opted into any federal, state, or other applicable Do Not Call List. You understand that Clients may maintain the information you submitted through the Service whether you elect to use their services or not. In the event you no longer want to receive communications from a Client, you agree to notify the Client directly. You also give Education Portal permission to contact you by all the methods above with current products or services which may be of interest to you and to use the information in any other way consistent with the Privacy Policy incorporated above.

The Service, and any content viewed through our Service, are for your personal and non-commercial use only. During your membership, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, license to access the Site and Service and view lessons through the service on a streaming-only basis for that purpose. Except for the foregoing limited license, no right, title or interest shall be transferred to you.

We continually update the Education Portal service, including the course and content library. In addition, we continually test various aspects of our Service, including our website, user interfaces, service levels, plans, promotional features, availability of video lessons, courses, delivery and pricing. We reserve the right to, and by using our Service you agree that we may, include you in or exclude you from these tests without notice. We reserve the right in our sole and absolute discretion to make changes from time to time and without notice in how we offer and operate our Service.

You agree to use the Education Portal Service, including all features and functionalities associated therewith, in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including public performance limitations or other restrictions on use of the service or content therein. You agree not to archive, copy, download, reproduce, distribute, retransmit, modify, display, perform, publish, license, create derivative works from, offer for sale, commercially exploit or otherwise use (except as explicitly authorized in these Terms of Service) content and information contained on or obtained from or through the Service without express written permission from Education Portal or its licensors. You also agree not to: circumvent, remove, alter, deactivate, degrade or thwart any of the content protections in the Site or Service; use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access the Site; decompile, reverse engineer or disassemble any software or other products or processes accessible through the Site; insert any code or product or manipulate the content of the Site in any way; or, use any data mining, data gathering or extraction method. In addition, you agree not to upload, post, e-mail or otherwise send or transmit any material designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment associated with the Site, including any software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs.

The availability of content, courses and video lessons to watch will change from time to time, and from country to country. The quality of the display of the streaming videos may vary from computer to computer, and device to device, and may be affected by a variety of factors, such as your location, the bandwidth available through and/or speed of your Internet connection. You are responsible for all Internet access charges. Please check with your Internet provider for information on possible Internet data usage charges. Education Portal makes no representations or warranties about the quality of your watching experience on your display. The time it takes to begin watching a lesson will vary based on a number of factors, including your location, available bandwidth at the time, the course and lesson you have selected and the configuration of your device.

Education Portal Service is designed to enable streaming of content from Education Portal through certain devices. This software may vary by device and medium, and functionalities may also differ between devices. BY USING OUR SERVICE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE AND TO RECEIVE, WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE OR PROMPTING, UPDATED VERSIONS OF THE SITE AND RELATED THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THE FOREGOING TERMS, DO NOT USE OUR SERVICE. WE DO NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY OR OTHERWISE WARRANT THE PERFORMANCE OF OUR SERVICE OR YOUR DEVICES, INCLUDING THE CONTINUING COMPATIBILITY OF ANY DEVICE WITH OUR SERVICE. By using our service, you agree to look solely to the entity that manufactured and/or sold you the device for any issues related to the device and its compatibility with the Education Portal service.

We may terminate or restrict your use of our service, without compensation or notice if you are, or if we suspect that you are (i) in violation of any of these Terms of Service or (ii) engaged in illegal or improper use of the service.

User Accounts

While any visitor can view the site content, in order to fully use all Education Portal features, you must register for a personal account on the Site (a "User Account") by providing an email address and a password for your User Account. You agree that you will never divulge, lend, resell or share access or access information to your User Account with any third party for any reason. You also agree to that you will create, use, and access only one User Account, and that you will not access the Site using multiple User Accounts.

In setting up your User Account, you may be prompted or required to enter additional information, including but not limited to your name, educational objective, and location. Additional information may be required to confirm your identity. You represent that all information provided by you is accurate, current and complete and you agree that you will maintain and update your information to keep it accurate, current and complete. You acknowledge that if any information provided by you is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, we reserve the right to terminate your use of the Site. In addition to the registration process, as part of your use of the Site, we may obtain certain information about you, including some personally identifiable information. You understand that any personal information you submit to Education Portal will be treated by us in the manner described in the Privacy Policy.

You should be mindful of any communication requesting that you submit credit card or other account information. Providing your information in response to these types of communications can result in identity theft. Always access your sensitive account information by going directly to the Education Portal website and not through a hyperlink in an email or any other electronic communication, even if it looks official. Education Portal reserves the right to place any account on hold anytime with or without notification to the member in order to protect itself and its partners from what it believes to be fraudulent activity. Education Portal is not obligated to credit or discount a membership for holds placed on the account by either a representative of Education Portal or by the automated processes of Education Portal.

By using the Site, you consent to receiving electronic communications from us. These communications may involve sending emails to your email address provided during registration, or posting communications on the Site, or in the "My Dashboard" page and will include notices about your account (e.g., payment authorizations, change in password or Payment Method, confirmation e-mails and other transactional information) and are part of your relationship with Education Portal. You agree that any notice, agreements, disclosure or other communications that we send to you electronically will satisfy any legal communication requirements, including that such communications be in writing. You should maintain copies of electronic communications by printing a paper copy or saving an electronic copy. You also consent to receiving certain other communications from us, such as newsletters about new Education Portal features and content, special offers, promotional announcements and customer surveys via email or other methods. Please review our Privacy Policy for further detail on our marketing communications.

Membership, Free Trials, Billing and Cancellation

Any person or entity with a User Account that purchases or uses a membership subscription to Education Portal is a Member.

a.     Membership

i.     Ongoing Membership. Your Education Portal membership, which may start with a free trial, will continue month-to-month unless and until you cancel your membership or we terminate it. You must have Internet access and provide us with a current, valid, accepted method of payment (as such may be updated from time to time, "Payment Method") to use the Education Portal service. You agree to provide accurate, current and complete information during the registration process and to update such information to keep it accurate, current and complete. You represent and warrant you are authorized to use such Payment Method for purchases and that it is valid. We will bill the monthly membership fee to your Payment Method. You must cancel your membership before it renews each month in order to avoid billing of the next month's membership fees to your Payment Method.

ii.     Differing Memberships. We may offer a number of memberships plans, including special promotional plans or memberships with differing conditions and limitations. Any materially different terms from those described in these Terms of Service will be disclosed at your sign-up or in other communications made available to you. You can find specific details regarding your membership with Education Portal by visiting our website and clicking on the "My Dashboard" link. Some promotional memberships are offered by third parties in conjunction with the provision of their own products and services. We are not responsible for the products and services provided by such third parties. We reserve the right to modify, terminate or otherwise amend our offered membership plans.

iii.     Teacher Membership. We may offer a Teacher membership plan with additional features, including but not limited to, lesson sharing with students, track progress or increased assessments. YOU MUST BE A TEACHER, INSTRUCTOR OR PROFESSOR AT AN ACCREDITED EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION TO QUALIFY AND SIGN UP FOR THIS PLAN. Education Portal reserves the right to change or cancel your account and membership immediately if you can’t verify you teacher status in a timely basis. If you select this plan, you are hereby authorized to publically display the Site, Services, or Content, including, for example, as a teacher displaying the Site, Services, or Content in a group setting including without limitation a classroom, tutoring center, or school lab without Education Portal’s express written consent (for the purpose of flipping the classroom) and transmit or distribute the lessons to your students using the provided Site functionality.

b.     Free Trials

i.     Your Education Portal membership may start with a free trial. The free trial period of your membership lasts for one day, or as otherwise specified during sign-up (“Trial Period”). Free trials may not be combined with any other offers. Free trials are for new and certain former members only. Education Portal reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, to determine your free trial eligibility. If you are eligible for a free trial, you will be able to explore the content, Site, and Services during the Trial Period for no charge. Only one Trial Period is permitted per User Account or per Member. If you receive a trial, then you are not eligible for another trial, even if you register for another User Account.

ii.     We will begin billing your Payment Method for monthly membership fees at the end of the free trial period of your membership unless you cancel prior to the end of the free trial period. To view the specific details of your membership, including monthly membership price and selected membership plan, visit our website and click the "Change subscription settings" link on the "My Dashboard" page. We may authorize your Payment Method through various methods, including authorizing it up to approximately one month of service as soon as you register. In some instances, your available balance or credit limit may be reduced to reflect the authorization during your free trial period.

iii.     Education Portal has no obligation to notify you of the end of the Trial Period and you will not receive a notice from us that your free trial period has ended or that the paying portion of your membership has begun. You hereby acknowledge and agree that it is your sole responsibility to cancel your membership subscription prior to the end of the Trial Period and that not cancelling your subscription prior to the end of the Trial Period will result in your payment of the first month or year of your subscription, as well as subsequent recurring charges until you cancel your membership. CLICK THE “CHANGE SUBSCRIPTION SETTINGS” LINK ON THE "MY DASHBOARD" PAGE AT THE TOP OF ANY EDUCATION PORTAL WEB PAGE (www.educationportal.com) WHEN YOU ARE LOGGED IN TO FIND CANCELLATION INSTRUCTIONS. We will continue to bill your Payment Method on a monthly basis for your membership fee until you cancel.

c.     Billing

i.     Recurring Billing. By starting your Education Portal membership, you authorize us to charge you a monthly membership fee at the then current rate, and any other charges you may incur in connection with your use of the Education Portal service to your Payment Method. You acknowledge that the amount billed each month may vary from month to month for reasons that may include differing amounts due to promotional offers and/or changing or adding a plan, and you authorize us to charge your Payment Method for such varying amounts, which may be billed monthly in one or more charges.

ii.     Price Changes. We reserve the right to adjust pricing for our service or any components thereof in any manner and at any time as we may determine in our sole and absolute discretion. Any price changes that correspond to the completion of a promotional offer and/or changing or adding a plan will take effect on your Renewal Date without any prior notice to you from us. Except as otherwise expressly provided for in these Terms of Service, any other price changes to your service will take effect following email notice to you or an announcement on the Site.

iii.     Billing Cycle. The membership fee for our service will be billed at the beginning of the paying portion of your membership and each month thereafter unless and until you cancel your membership. We automatically bill your Payment Method each month on the calendar day corresponding to the commencement of your paying membership (“Renewal Date”). Membership fees are fully earned upon payment. We reserve the right to change the timing of our billing, in particular, as indicated below, if your Payment Method has not successfully settled. In the event your paying membership began on a day not contained in a given month, we may bill your Payment Method on a day in the applicable month or such other day as we deem appropriate. For example, if you started your Education Portal membership or became a paying member on January 31st, your next payment date is likely to be February 28th, and your Payment Method would be billed on that date. Your Renewal Date may change due to changes in your Membership. Visit our website and click on the "Change subscription details" link on the "My Dashboard" page to see the commencement date for your next renewal period. We may authorize your Payment Method in anticipation of membership or service-related charges. As used in these Terms of Service, "billing" shall indicate a charge, debit or other payment clearance, as applicable, against your Payment Method. Unless otherwise stated differently, month or monthly refers to your billing cycle.

iv.     No Refunds. PAYMENTS ARE NONTRANSFERABLE, NONREFUNDABLE AND THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR ANY REASON OR CREDITS FOR PARTIALLY USED PERIODS OR FOR MEMBERSHIPS THAT ARE PURCHASED BUT NOT USED. All fees and applicable taxes, if any, are payable in United States dollars. It is your sole responsibility to keep a record of your login credentials to access your User Account and the Site, Services, and content. No refunds will be given for lost login credentials. Following any cancellation, however, you will continue to have access to the service through the end of your current billing period. At any time, and for any reason, we may provide a refund, discount, or other consideration to some or all of our members ("credits"). The amount and form of such credits, and the decision to provide them, are at our sole and absolute discretion. The provision of credits in one instance does not entitle you to credits in the future for similar instances, nor does it obligate us to provide credits in the future, under any circumstance. One such reason may be if you upgrade or downgrade your membership plan. You may receive a pro-rated credit or charge, as applicable, of the previously paid monthly fee for the remaining days of that month, to be applied against the new subscription amount to be charged to your Payment Method on your Renewal Date.

v.     Payment Methods. You may edit your Payment Method information by visiting our website and clicking on the "My Dashboard" link, available at the top of the pages of the Education Portal website. If a payment is not successfully settled, due to expiration, insufficient funds, or otherwise, and you do not edit your Payment Method information or cancel your account (see, "Cancellation" below), you remain responsible for any uncollected amounts and authorize us to continue billing the Payment Method, as it may be updated. This may result in a change to your payment billing dates. If you signed up for Education Portal using your account with a third party (i.e., Facebook, Paypal, iTunes, or similar account) as a Payment Method, and wish to cancel your Education Portal membership at any time, including during your free trial, you may need to do so through such third party, including by visiting your account with the applicable third party and turning off auto-renew, or unsubscribing from, the Education Portal service. You may also find billing information about your Education Portal membership by visiting your account with the applicable third party. For certain Payment Methods, the issuer of your Payment Method may charge you a foreign transaction fee or other charges. Check with your Payment Method service provider for details.

vi.     Cancellation. You may cancel your Education Portal membership at any time, and you will continue to have access to the Education Portal service through the end of your monthly billing period. WE DO NOT PROVIDE REFUNDS OR CREDITS FOR ANY PARTIAL-MONTH MEMBERSHIP PERIODS OR UNWATCHED LESSONS OR UNUSED MEMBERSHIPS. To cancel, go to the "My Dashboard" page on our website and follow the instructions for cancellation under the “Change subscription settings” link.

vii.     Promotions and Redemption Code. Education Portal may offer a promotion or coupon code that will provide a discount or extended trial on your membership subscription. These redemption codes may only be redeemed at our Site. Redemption codes may only be used once and cannot be combined with other codes or redeemed for cash or resold. The validity of redemption codes may depend on the status of the user who redeems it. For example, an existing subscriber may not redeem a code providing a discount for a new subscription. Redemption codes may have an expiration date, after which the code will not be valid or accepted by Education Portal. Redemption codes are provided by Education Portal only, and you agree that you will not share codes with others, including, but not limited to, emailing codes to friends or family, sharing codes on social networking sites, or posting codes to websites that are not our Site unless Education Portal has provided written approval via email or on our Site to do so. Education Portal may invalidate a code in its sole discretion. The discount provided via the redemption code is only valid during your paid subscription. If you cancel your subscription you also cancel the discount from the redemption code. Reactivating your subscription will not reactivate the discount from the code, nor will it allow you to redeem a code for a discount for new subscribers. If you received a promotion code through an offer by a third party, additional restrictions may apply.

Online Courses, Certifications and Credit

Education Portal may offer online courses in a specific area of study or on a particular topic (an "Online Course"). Education Portal and the instructors of the Online Courses reserve the right to cancel, interrupt or reschedule any Online Course or modify its content as well as the point value or weight of any assignment, quiz, exam or other evaluation of progress. Online Courses offered are subject to the Disclaimer of Warranties / Limitation of Liabilities section below. For some courses, subject to your satisfactory performance in the Online Course as determined in the sole discretion of Education Portal, you may be awarded a statement acknowledging your completion of the course ("Statement of Completion" or "Completion Certificate"). This Statement of Completion, if provided to you, would be from Education Portal. You acknowledge that the Statement of Completion, if provided to you, may not be affiliated with Education Portal or any college or university. Further, Education Portal offers the right to offer or not offer any such Statement of Completion for a course.

You acknowledge that the Statement of Completion, and Education Portal's Online Courses, will not stand in the place of a course taken at an accredited institution, and do not convey academic credit. You acknowledge that neither Education Portal nor the instructors of any Online Course will be involved in any attempts to get the course recognized by any educational or accredited institution, unless explicitly stated otherwise by Education Portal. You agree and acknowledge that if you are taking an Education Portal Online Course to prepare for any path to credit, including but not limited to, a credit-granting exam (such as those provided by the College Board, Excelsior College, and others as described on the Get Credit page), Education Portal will not have any authority or responsibility with respect to any award or transfer of academic credit. Furthermore, Education Portal bears no responsibility for your performance on the exam, and any exam fees incurred are solely your responsibility.

User Material Submission

Education Portal may provide you with the ability to upload certain information, text, or materials, including without limitation, any information, text or materials you post on the Sites' public forums such as the wiki or the discussion forums ("User Content"). With respect to User Content you submit or otherwise make available in connection with your use of the Site, and subject to the Privacy Policy, you grant Education Portal a fully transferable, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free and exclusive license to use, distribute, sublicense, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such User Content. To the extent that you provide User Content, you represent and warrant to Education Portal that (a) you have all necessary rights, licenses and/or clearances to provide and use User Content and permit Education Portal to use such User Content as provided above; (b) such User Content is accurate and reasonably complete; (c) as between you and Education Portal, you shall be responsible for the payment of any third party fees related to the provision and use of such User Content and (d) such User Content does not and will not infringe or misappropriate any third party rights (including without limitation privacy, publicity, intellectual property and any other proprietary rights, such as copyright, trademark and patent rights) or constitute a fraudulent statement or misrepresentation or unfair business practice. Education Portal may also provide you with ability to upload or send information to Education Portal regarding the Site or related Services ("Feedback"). By submitting the Feedback, you hereby grant Education Portal an irrevocable license to use, disclose, reproduce, distribute, sublicense, prepare derivative works of, publicly perform and publicly display any such submission.

Prohibited Conduct

In using the Service, you must not (i) submit, transmit or facilitate the distribution of information or content that is harmful, abusive, racially or ethnically offensive, vulgar, sexually explicit, defamatory, infringing, invasive of personal privacy or publicity rights, or in a reasonable person's view, objectionable; (ii) submit, transmit, promote or distribute information or content that is illegal; (iii) attempt to interfere with, compromise the system integrity or security or decipher any transmissions to or from the servers running the Service; (iv) take any action that imposes, or may impose at our sole discretion an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (v) upload invalid data, viruses, worms, or other software agents through the Service; (vi) use any robot, spider, scraper or other system to access the Service for any purpose without our express written permission; (vii) impersonate another person or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity, conduct fraud, hide or attempt to hide your identity; (viii) submit, upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any information or content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships; (ix) interfere with the proper working of the Service; (x) bypass the measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Service; or (xi) use the Service for commercial or advertising purposes; (xii) reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of Education Portal other than as expressly allowed under these Terms of Service; (xiii) use Education Portal's trademarks, server or other materials in connection with, or to transmit, any unsolicited communications or emails; (xiv) frame the Site, place pop-up windows over its pages or otherwise affect the display of its page.

By using an Education Portal Online Course you futher agree that (i) your answers to homework, quizzes and exams will be your own work (except for assignments that explicitly permit collaboration); (ii) you will not make solutions to homework, quizzes or exams available to anyone else. This includes both solutions written by you, as well as any official solutions provided by Education Portal; (iii) you will not engage in any other activities that will dishonestly improve your results or dishonestly improve/hurt the results of others.

Although Education Portal does not routinely screen or monitor content posted by users to the Site, Education Portal reserves the right to remove infringing content of which it becomes aware, but is under no obligation to do so.

Copyright, Trademark and Service Mark Notice Information

When accessing the Site or using the Service, you agree to obey the law and to respect the intellectual property rights of others. Your use of the Service and the Site is at all times governed by and subject to laws regarding copyright ownership and use of intellectual property. All content or other materials available on the Sites, including but not limited to code, images, text, layouts, arrangements, displays, illustrations, courses, outlines, audio and video clips, HTML files and other content are the property of Education Portal and/or its affiliates or licensors and are protected by copyright, patent and/or other proprietary intellectual property rights under the United States and foreign laws.

You agree to abide by laws regarding copyright ownership and use of intellectual property, and you shall be solely responsible for any violations of any relevant laws and for any infringements of third party rights caused by any content you provide or transmit, or that is provided or transmitted using your User Account. The burden of determining that your use of any information, software or any other content on the Site is permissible rests with you.

Customer Support

If you need assistance with your account, click on the "Help” or “Support" links on our website at any time. There you will find the answers to many frequently asked questions and information on reaching a Customer Service representative. In certain instances, Customer Service may best be able to assist you by using a remote access support tool through which we have full access to your computer. If you do not want us to have this access, you should not consent to support through the remote access tool, and we will assist you through other means. In the event of any conflict between these Terms of Use and information provided by Customer Support or other portions of our website, these Terms of Service will control.

Links to Other Web Sites

Education Portal, through our Site, Service or otherwise, may provide links to third parties' websites. Education Portal does not endorse, has no control over, and is not responsible in any manner for the terms, conditions, fulfillment or performance of such third parties' websites or offers, the collection of information from you by any such third parties, the use of your information by any such third parties, or the use, operation or availability of websites owned or operated by, or on behalf of, any such third parties.

You acknowledge and agree that Education Portal is not responsible for the availability of such external websites, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such websites. You further acknowledge and agree that Education Portal will not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, products, goods or services available on or through any such websites.

Indemnification

YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD HARMLESS EDUCATION PORTAL, INCLUDING EDUCATION PORTAL'S OWNERS, SHAREHOLDERS, PARENT ENTITY (REMILON LLC), PARTNERS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUCCESSORS, ADVERTISERS, CLIENTS, CONTRACTORS, INSTRUCTORS, STAFF AND THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS (COLLECTIVELY, "EDUCATION PORTAL PARTIES"), AND HOLD THEM EACH HARMLESS FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS OR DEMANDS, LIABILITIES, EXPENSES AND DAMAGES, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY'S FEES AND COSTS, MADE BY ANY THIRD PARTY DUE TO OR ARISING FROM YOUR USE OR ATTEMPTED USE OF THE SITES, SERVICE OR ONLINE COURSE, YOUR VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OR YOUR VIOLATION OF ANY LAW OR RIGHTS OF A THIRD PARTY OR INFORMATION THAT YOU POST OR OTHERWISE MAKE AVAILABLE ON THE SITE OR THROUGH THE SERVICE, OR ONLINE COURSE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY CLAIM OF INFRINGEMENT OR MISAPPROPRIATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OR OTHER PROPRIETARY RIGHTS.

Disclaimer Of User Content

Education Portal may include content and information containing the personal opinions and other expressions of the persons who post entries on a wide range of topics. Neither the User Content (as defined above) on this Site, nor any links to other websites, are screened, moderated, approved, reviewed by Education Portal. Furthermore, no statement shall indicate an endorsement by Education Portal. By posting to or viewing such content, forums, etc. you agree that Education Portal are not responsible or liable for the content of any postings therein. Education Portal reserves the right (but not the obligation) to remove any content in its discretion.

Disclaimer of Warranties

YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT: EDUCATION PORTAL DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ANY ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SITES AND SERVICE AND ONLINE COURSES OR SUCH INFORMATION OR SERVICES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE SITE AND ANY INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THEREIN ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, EDUCATION PORTAL, INCLUDING EDUCATION PORTAL PARTIES, EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES,EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. EDUCATION PORTAL AND THE EDUCATION PORTAL PARTIES DO NOT WARRANT, AND HEREBY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE ACCURACY, ADEQUACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY CONTENT, ONLINE COURSE, SITE, INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM A SITE, OR LINK TO A SITE.

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Release

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Notice

Education Portal may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the Terms of Service, either by email, regular mail, or postings on the Service. All notices to Education Portal must be made in writing and mailed to:

Education Portal Attn: Legal Department 100 View Street, Suite 202 Mountain View, CA 94041

Termination

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Modification to Service

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Governing Law and Other Terms

Mandatory Arbitration. You understand and agree that all claims, disputes, or controversies between you and Education Portal, including Education Portal Parties, including but not limited to tort and contract claims, claims based upon any federal, state, or local statute, law, order, ordinance, or regulation, and the issue of arbitration, shall be resolved by final and binding arbitration using the American Arbitration Association's (AAA) Commercial Arbitration Rules (AAA Rules) in effect on the date of initiation of the arbitration, except as to those AAA Rules that conflict with or differ from this Terms of Service, by one or more arbitrators appointed in accordance with the said rules at a location within Santa Clara County, California. Any controversy concerning whether a dispute is arbitral shall be determined by the arbitrator(s) and not by the court. Judgment upon any award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered by any state or federal court having jurisdiction thereof. Neither you nor Education Portal shall be entitled to join or consolidate claims in arbitration by or against other consumers or arbitrate any claim as a representative or member of a class or in a private attorney general capacity. The parties voluntarily and knowingly waive any right they have to a jury trial.

California Law and Jurisdiction

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Enforceability

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Assignment

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No Third-Party Beneficiaries

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Waiver

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Entire Terms of Service

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Contacting Education Portal

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Education Portal Attn: Legal Department 100 View Street, Suite 202 Mountain View, CA 94041

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Privacy Policy

Last revised: March, 2014

This Privacy Policy applies to Education-Portal.com and its related websites owned and operated by Remilon, LLC ("Education Portal", "Site", "Sites", "our", "us"). As we do not control other sites to which we may link, they are not subject to our Privacy Policy. Please read this policy carefully before sharing any of your personally identifiable information with us.

Because our services require us to collect some fairly detailed personal and/or financial information, we want you to have the information you need to make an informed decision about sharing information with us. This Privacy Policy explains what information we collect on Education Portal and how we use such information. This Privacy Policy may also apply to information we collect from users other than through our websites, to the extent specifically disclosed or stated by us. Your use of Education Portal indicates an acceptance of the terms of the Privacy Policy.

Our Data Security Procedures

Education Portal has security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse and/or unauthorized alteration of information you provide to us or that we collect. You are the only user authorized to update your account, unless you provide your login/password information to another party. We will assume that anyone who has the required login/password information for your account is you, so please keep this information confidential. Education Portal helps protect personally identifiable information by utilizing both online and offline security methods, including firewalls, passwords and restricted physical access to the servers where your information is stored. Our staff is trained to comply with our security procedures, are bound by confidentiality and our security procedures are reviewed and revised periodically.

In order to provide you with ease of access to your account and to help administer the Education Portal service, Education Portal implements technology that enables us to recognize you as the account holder and provide you with direct access to your account without requiring you to retype any password or other user identification when you revisit the Education Portal service. You can choose not to take advantage of this feature on your computer by unchecking the box "Remember me" when you login on the website. To remove access to your Education Portal account from your devices: (a) visit "My Dashboard" or (b) delete your Education Portal settings from your device. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account access information and for restricting access to your computer or device through which you access your Education Portal account. Where possible, users of public or shared devices should log out at the completion of each visit. If you sell or return a computer or device, you should log-out and deactivate the device before doing so. If you do not maintain the security of your password or device, or fail to log out or deactivate your device, subsequent users may be able to access your account, including your personal information.

Unfortunately, no security system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee the security of your information and cannot assume liability for improper access to it. By using our service, including our website and user interfaces, or providing information to us through any means, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues relating to your use of Education Portal and our Services.

If you have any questions about security issues at our site, please send an e-mail to your.privacy@education-portal.com, and we will try to answer your questions.

Types of Information We Collect

Information is collected from our users at several different points during visits to Education Portal.

  • Information you provide us: Education Portal may ask you to provide us with information about yourself when you choose to fill out a form, including, without limitation, in order to register for login access, membership subscription, sign up for our newsletter, information request to search or be matched with an educational institution; or when you participate in a promotion or respond to a survey. Examples of the types of this personally identifiable information you may provide to us include, but are not necessarily limited to, your name, educational goals, email address, telephone number, credit card, and home address; and information about your age, education level, career aspirations, and your interest in and use of various products, programs, and services. You can always choose not to provide us with information, but then some of our products and services, and certain parts of the site may not be accessible to you. You may also elect to register or use our site using an account you already have with certain third-party social networking sites ("SNS") (including, but not limited to, Facebook). For example, Education Portal may allow you to create an account and log in to Education Portal using your Facebook account credentials through Facebook Connect.
  • Collection of Information from Children: Education Portal abides by federal law and the guidelines set up by the Federal Trade Commission regarding youth privacy. As such, Education Portal will not knowingly collect any personal information from or allow the registration of young people under the age of thirteen (13) years without consent from parents or guardian.
  • Referring Friends or Sharing: You can choose to let others know about Education Portal through our referral or sharing features. If you choose to use one of these features, we will ask you for that person's name and e-mail address and Education Portal will send him or her one or more e-mails inviting him or her to visit Education Portal to learn more about our services. Education Portal stores their contact information for the sole purpose of sending these e-mails and corresponding reminders.
  • Information we automatically collect: We collect and keep track of information about your interactions with Education Portal using technologies like cookies and web beacons, via our web server's log files, mobile analytics software or by our various tracking technologies, including but not limited to: our advertisements and other promotional content, browser information, your device IP address, whether you clicked on one of our advertisements, pages you've visited on the site, videos you watched, which website you came from, date and time stamp information, your online activity, course and lesson selections, reviews, ratings, payment history, correspondence, device and software data (such as type, configuration and unique identifiers), and other navigation and click-through information. Although information we collect through these tracking devices is not always personally identifiable when collected, we may combine such information with personally identifiable information like your name or email address. (See the "Sharing and Use of Information" section below for more information about what "personally identifiable information" means.) You can read more about cookies and other tracking technology in the "More About Cookies and Related Technology" section below.
  • User Communications: When you send email, contact our Support or helpdesk or other communications to Education Portal, we may retain and share those communications in order to process, respond or improve our services.
  • Information from other sources: We may collect and receive information about you from third parties, including websites which publish our ads and offers, as well as other online and offline sources such as identity verification services and consumer reporting agencies, and we may combine such information with other information you have provided to us. We may supplement this information with information from other sources, including offline data and your browsing behavior on other sites and interactions with our advertising. We also provide analysis of our users in the aggregate or individual form to prospective partners, advertisers and other third parties. We may also disclose and otherwise use, your viewing history, ratings, consumption habits, commentary, reviews and other information. For example, we use ratings and consumption behavior to improve our recommendations to you as well as other users.
  • Chat Rooms, Peer to Peer Messaging and Public Postings: Education Portal may initially and/or in the future contain chat rooms, public posting forums or one-to-one communication forums permitting direct communications with other users, counselors, instructors, sponsors, etc. Any information provided by you in these rooms or forum is deemed to be information available to public viewing, not subject to any disclosure restrictions or representations. We are not responsible for any information posted.

Use of Information and Sharing

Education Portal uses your information in order to customize Education Portal to your interests and enhance your overall experience and to customize content, search results, online courses and advertising that you may see on Education Portal. We also use this information for such purposes as determining your general geographic location, providing localized content, enforcing our terms (such as determining your eligibility for a free trial), providing recommendations on courses and lessons we think will be applicable, personalizing the service and our marketing to better reflect particular interests, tracking your watching hours, determining your Internet service provider, helping us quickly and efficiently respond to inquiries and requests and otherwise analyzing, enhancing, administering or promoting our service offering for you and other users. Education Portal uses various methods to recognize you, including the use of cookies and requesting your e-mail address and password when accessing certain parts of our site. In addition, as described above, we utilize passive information to learn more about how you interact with our site(s). This passive information may be combined with your other information for purposes such as testing and improving your experience at our site and the compilation of broad aggregate demographic data and related usage information for internal purposes and for disclosure to third parties such as advertisers and content and web analytics partners.

The information you supply to Education Portal also enables us to provide the college search and matching services which you select by matching your background to the admission requirements and/or preferred student backgrounds of colleges and universities. Participating educational institutions may search information of users in order to decide which users they are interested in having apply for admission.

Contacting You by E-Mail - Education Portal may use your contact information periodically in order to send you e-mail regarding updates, such as new opportunities and additional listings which may be of interest to you. The frequency of these messages will vary. Please note that e-mail messages from third parties are not governed by the opt-out provisions of this Privacy Policy.

Use of SNS in Account Creation — If you decide to use a SNS via Education Portal, you are using the personal information you have already provided to the SNS (such as your "real" name, email address and other information you make publicly available via the SNS) on Education Portal and allowing Education Portal to extract and retain all such information; the information we collect may depend on the privacy settings you have with the SNS, so please consult the SNS's privacy and data practices. For example, by using Facebook Connect, you are allowing Education Portal to access the personal information in your Facebook account pursuant to the Facebook Terms of Use regarding your use of Education Portal via Facebook.

For purposes of this Privacy Policy, "personally identifiable information" means information that could reasonably be used to identify you, like your name and email address, along with any information we may combine with such personally identifiable information. Personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information we collect about you may be used and shared by us with third parties in any manner and for any purpose permitted by law. By entering your information on the form or using a SNS, you are consenting to receive information and/or marketing messages and be contacted via email, telephone, text message, prerecorded message and auto dialer or any other technologies from Education Portal and/or third parties that have products or services which may be of interest to you. This may include selling, renting, or otherwise disclosing your personally identifiable information to third parties for their marketing purposes. Once we provide your information to a third party for any reason, we do not control and are not responsible for that third party's use or disclosure of such information. Examples of ways and with whom we may share your information (including your personally identifiable information) include:

  • With educational institutions;
  • With third parties in connection with processing or fulfilling your requests or inquiries;
  • With service providers and other third parties we engage to provide us with services like website hosting, analyzing data, contracting, sending communications on our behalf, identity verification, and/or creating, running or administering our promotions. For example, we must release your credit card information to the card-issuing bank to confirm payment for products and services purchased on our Sites; release your address information to the delivery service to deliver products that you ordered; and provide order information to third parties that help us deliver the services;
  • In response to government or regulatory agency requests, court orders, subpoenas, or as we otherwise believe to be required in connection with any applicable law, rule or regulation;
  • With social networking sites, like Facebook, so you can then post recent activity on Education Portal back to your social networking account;
  • With companies who may use such information for their own marketing purposes, including to contact you in order to offer you their products or services you may be interested in, or the products or services of other third parties;
  • With companies who may resell, exchange or otherwise provide your information to other businesses for various marketing purposes, including to contact you with offers regarding third party products or services;
  • With call centers we've engaged to call you in response to your request for information about education, your subscription and to promote or offer other products and services we think may be of interest to you;
  • With advertisers whose content we publish or display, their agents, third party ad servers, and service providers;
  • From time to time, we may partner with companies whose products we believe will interest our users. In conjunction with these partners, we may send promotional announcements and/or serve web-based advertisements on their behalf, as permitted by law;
  • As we believe necessary or desirable to protect to our business, reputation, rights, safety, assets, or property, or those of a you or a third party; to limit our legal liability; to defend our interests or the interests of you or a third party; or to enforce our Terms of Service or other rules;
  • As required by law enforcement or judicial authorities, or to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation or if we have a good faith belief that we are required or permitted to do so by law or legal process; and
  • In connection with the consolidation or sale of our business or assets.

In addition to personally identifiable information, we may also collect information that is not personally identifiable, meaning that it cannot be used to identify you because it does not reference you or contain information that can be used to identify you. We may use and share non-personally identifiable information in any manner and for any purpose permitted by law. As with personally identifiable information, once we provide your non-personally identifiable information to a third party for any reason, we do not control and are not responsible for that third party's use or disclosure of information.

More About Cookies and Related Technology

Cookies are small data files that are stored on your computer's hard drive by your web browser. Cookies may be set by us or our business partners and service providers when you visit Education Portal or when you interact with one of our advertisements or other content. Cookies are stored in your computer or mobile device. In addition to storing your preferences and other information, cookies allow us to gather information about your interactions within the site and/or with one of our advertisements. We use both session cookies, which terminate when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which remain on your computer until you manually delete them. You may decline cookies if your web browser software permits. If you have questions about disabling cookies, you should consult with your browser's manufacturer. Note, however, that some parts of the Site may not operate correctly if you disable cookies.

We may also track your movements through the site, advertisements and other content through web beacons (also called pixel tags or clear gifs). When you access a page, email or other content containing a web beacon, the web beacon generates a notice to us, our service providers or third party business partners. Web beacons can be used for various purposes, including to help us improve our marketing communications by measuring the response to our promotions and campaigns.

We have relationships with third party advertising companies to place advertisements on our behalf onto other websites, to perform tracking and reporting functions for the sites and our advertisements, and to place third party advertisements on the site. These advertising companies may automatically collect information about your visit to the sites and other websites, including information about web pages you've viewed and advertisements you interacted with, along with your IP address, date/time stamp information, your ISP and the browser you use to visit this site. They do this by using cookies, web beacons and other technologies. Information collected may be used, among other things, to deliver advertising (from us and from other companies) targeted to your preferences and interests, and to better understand the usage and visitation of the Site and the other websites tracked by these advertising companies. This Privacy Policy does not necessarily cover all the collection methods or uses of the information collected by these third party advertising companies, and we do not have control over or access to cookies or other technologies these third party advertising companies may use. We encourage you to review the privacy policies or statements of these third party advertising companies to learn more about their use of cookies and other technologies. If you would like more information about targeted advertising (also called behavioral advertising) and to learn about your choices with respect to such practices, including how to opt-out of the behavioral advertising programs of third party advertisers, advertising networks and ad servers who are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (see "Your Choices" section below for more information).

Your Choices

  • Providing Information. You can always choose not to provide us with your personally identifiable information if you are not comfortable with our ability to use and share that information as set forth in this Privacy Policy. Note, however, that you may not have access to certain of our products and services (like our school matching service or subscription service) if you decide not to provide us with your information.
  • Opting Out of Our Promotional Emails. You may opt-out of receiving marketing and promotional emails from us at any time by using the opt-out mechanism contained in such emails (also referred to as "unsubscribe"), or by submitting your request to your.privacy@education-portal.com. Please allow 30 business days for us to process your opt-out request. Also, note that opting out of receiving promotional email communications will affect only future communications from us. If we already provided your information to a third party before you changed your preferences or updated your information, you may have to change your preferences directly with that third party as well.
  • Declining Cookies. If you do not want to accept our cookies, you can adjust your browser settings to decline cookies. You should note, however, that certain areas of the site may not operate properly if you decide not to accept cookies.
  • NAI Opt-Out. Some third party advertising companies we use may collect information about you through cookies and other technologies in connection with their behavioral advertising programs (see "More About Cookies and Related Technology" Section, above, for additional information). Although we don't control the programs, practices, or policies of such third party advertising companies, the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) maintains an opt-out tool which allows you to opt-out of participating in behavioral advertising programs of NAI member companies. To access the NAI opt-out tool and learn more about behavioral advertising, visit the NAI website at: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
  • Canceling Your Membership. You may cancel your Education Portal subscription membership at any time, by accessing the "My Dashboard" page on our website and follow the instructions for cancellation under the "Change subscription settings" link. Education Portal will retain all information as needed to provide you with Services, including but not limited to, quickly reactivating your account at a later time. We will also retain and use your information as necessary to comply with out legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

Your California Privacy Rights

Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, California residents who have an established business relationship with us have the right to request that we provide you with certain information regarding the disclosure of your personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year. You may send your request for such information to the email or physical address set forth in the "Contact Information" section, below. Requests shall only be accepted via email or at the physical address as specified herein and shall include the phrase "California Privacy Request" in the subject line. Your request must also include your name, physical mailing address, user account and email address. We shall not be responsible for requests made over the telephone or by any other means.

Transfer of Information

Given that the Internet is a global environment, using the Internet to collect and process information necessarily involves the transmission of data on an international basis. Therefore, by using Education Portal, you acknowledge and agree to the transfer of your information outside your country of residence to any country (including the United States) where we have facilities or engage third parties (including but not limited to payment processors, cloud service or other IT providers, and other companies that provide services to us). You understand that the countries to which we may transfer information may not have as comprehensive a level of data protection as in your country.

Your California Privacy Rights

Effective Date and Updates to this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective and was last revised as of the date indicated at the top of the document. We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time by posting an updated Privacy Policy without advance notice to you. We encourage you to check this page often for updates and revisions. Any updated Privacy Policy will be effective immediately upon posting. Your use of Education Portal indicates an acceptance of the terms of the Privacy Policy.

Contact Us

Your privacy is important to Education Portal. If you have questions about any of the provisions described above, please contact us at your.privacy@education-portal.com .

Alternatively, you may contact us at:

Education Portal Attention: Privacy & Legal Department 100 View St, Suite 202 Mountain View, CA 94041

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  1. 0:06 Multicellular Organisms
  2. 1:34 Organization of Organisms
  3. 3:49 Epithelial Tissues
  4. 7:18 Lesson Summary
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Zachary Pino

In this lesson on multicellular organisms, you'll take a look at what it actually means to be multicellular and how cells are organized into tissues, organs, and organ systems. This lesson also covers one of the four main tissue types: epithelial tissue.

Multicellular Organisms

Have you ever thought about what it means to be a multicellular organism? Probably not, but maybe that's because it seems like an obvious question. I mean, if an organism has more than one cell, it's multicellular. Case closed, right? Well, let's look at an example and see how easy it really is. If we have a colony of bacteria growing in a petri dish, do we define the colony as one multicellular organism, or billions of organisms living all piled on top of each other?

Let's start by defining an organism. An organism is defined as 'an individual living thing that is capable of responding to stimuli, growing, reproducing, and maintaining homeostasis.' Because each cell in the bacterial colony can perform all of these essential functions by itself, we define each cell as its own organism.

A key characteristic of multicellular organisms is specialization
Cell specialization

By contrast, a multicellular organism is made up of many cells that are dependent on each other to perform these essential functions as a group. The cells have divided up the labor and each cell has become specialized to perform a specific task. This specialization is a key characteristic of multicellular organisms.

But why specialize? If a cell cannot perform all essential functions on its own, doesn't that limit what it can do? The answer to this question really depends on the level of organization that you're looking at, and there are several levels of organization within an organism. Starting at the cellular level, each cell has its own set of functions and requirements that it must carry out.

Organization of Organisms

Most cells form groups called tissues which are 'groups of cells that share a common structure and function within an organism.' Tissues are the next level of organization in an organism, and are often very specialized to perform only one or maybe a few very specific tasks. For instance, muscle tissue is specialized to contract, and that's about all that it does.

The next level of organization above tissues is organs. An organ is 'a structure composed of several different tissues that work together to perform a certain task.' The tissues within an organ work together to perform more complicated tasks than any one tissue is capable of. An example of an organ would be the heart. The heart is mostly muscle tissue, but it is also composed of connective tissue which provides structure for the heart, an epithelial layer that serves as a barrier to keep the blood contained in the chambers, and nervous tissue which regulates the heart rate. Together, these tissues perform the more complicated task of pumping blood.

But we're not done yet, there's another level of organization above organs and that is the organ system, which is 'a group of organs and tissues that work together to perform a major function of the organism.' Let's go back to our heart example. The heart is one organ within the circulatory system which is itself composed of the heart, blood vessels, and blood. The heart pumps blood, but the whole circulatory system working together circulates blood throughout the body.

And finally, the last level of organization, is the organism itself, which as a whole, is capable of all essential functions. So back to the question of whether or not specialized cells are more limited than single-celled organisms; at the cellular level, the specialized cell is limited to performing its specific task and is more limited than a single-celled organism. However, at the organismal level, specialization and division of labor opens up almost limitless possibilities for variation of structures, and it frees multicellular organisms from the limits of single-celled organisms in terms of size and complexity. In this set of lessons, we're going to talk about the anatomy and functions of animals, with a particular emphasis on humans.

Epithelial Tissues

Let's start by talking about tissues. In a human being there are dozens of very specific tissues, but they can be classified into four main tissue types: connective tissue, epithelial tissue, muscle tissue, and nervous tissue. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the characteristics and functions of epithelial tissue. We'll talk about connective, muscle, and nervous tissue when we talk about those systems.

Epithelial tissue is 'tissue that is organized into tightly packed sheets of cells that line organs and body cavities.' In epithelial tissues, one or more layers of cells completely covers a basement membrane, which is a 'well-defined layer of extracellular matrix that serves as a base for epithelial tissues.'

Epithelial tissues can take many forms. They can be as simple as a single layer of very flat cells like the epithelial cells right here that line this blood vessel, or they can be a very complex mix of cells of different shapes and composition like all of these epithelial cells of the human skin in this picture here.

Epithelial tissues can also serve several functions. One major function of epithelial tissue, and especially skin, is to serve as a barrier to protect against injury, invading organisms, and loss of fluids. But epithelial tissues aren't just limited to serving as barriers. Some epithelial tissues are specialized to absorb nutrients like the epithelial tissues of the small intestine. You may notice in this picture of the small intestine, that we have a well-defined layer of epithelial cells here that sit on a very thin basement membrane that you can barely see here, and underneath, you have connective tissue right about here.

Some cells in respiratory epithelial tissue secrete mucous; others move mucous through the lungs
Epithelial tissue example

The epithelial cells come in contact with the contents of the small intestine and are organized into these finger-like structures here. These structures are called villi and are 'finger-like projections of epithelial tissue which increase surface area.' The increased surface area created by the villi allow a greater number of epithelial cells to have access to nutrients in the small intestine, and therefore, increases absorption efficiency. Other epithelial tissues like prostate gland epithelium are specialized for secretion of proteins. In this section through the prostate gland we can see the round, blue nuclei of the prostate epithelial cells that line the ducts of the gland. In addition, one of the secretory products of the prostate has been stained brown in this particular section to show which cells are actively secreting proteins into the ducts, and as you can see based on the brown color, pretty much every cell lining the ducts is actively secreting proteins.

And finally, some epithelia like the lining of our respiratory tract, have some cells that secrete mucous, and other cells that have lots of small cilia on their cell surface that move the mucous and trapped particles out of the lungs. Here is a picture which shows a section through a ciliated epithelium. In this picture you can see the basement membrane here, with several layers of cells on top, and then in the very top layer you can see some cells which secrete mucous here, here, and here, and other cells that have visible cilia located here, here, and here. The mucous cells secrete mucous, which is then moved by the cilia cells out of the lung.

Lesson Summary

So let's review. Multicellular organisms were created when cells started to specialize and divided up the labor among themselves. These groups of specialized cells that share a common structure and function are called tissues. In animals, there are four main tissue types: connective tissue, epithelial tissue, muscle tissue, and nervous tissue. Epithelial tissue is 'tissue that is organized into tightly packed sheets of cells that line organs and body cavities.' Epithelial tissues can serve several purposes with the three major functions being protection, secretion, and absorption. In epithelial tissues, one or more layers of cells completely covers a basement membrane, which is a 'well-defined layer of extracellular matrix that serves as a base for epithelial tissues.' Epithelial tissues can take many forms; they can be as simple as a single layer of very flat cells like the epithelial tissue that lines blood vessels, or they can be a complex mix of cells of different shapes and composition like the epithelial tissue of the human skin.

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