ERIC Number: ED446644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-14
Reference Count: N/A
Committee R on Government Relations Report on Distance Learning.
American Association of Univ. Professors, Washington, DC.
Committee R on Government Relations of the American Association of University Professors created a subcommittee on distance learning to explore some aspects of distance learning. Distance learning is the process in which the education of a student occurs when the educator and the student are separated geographically, and communication is accomplished through a form of technology. The committee, recognizing that distance learning is a current reality with nearly unlimited growth potential, examined questions of how distance learning can be used to maximize the learning experience of the student and how the faculty's traditional role in determining academic and pedagogical issues can ensure that maximization. One issue of interest that the Association is strongly committed to is the importance of academic freedom in a classroom setting, regardless of the technological medium used to transmit the course material. The Association has not published a formal policy statement governing intellectual property rights, but two intellectual property issues seem essential in the distance learning context: (1) the ownership and control of the intellectual property in a distance learning course; and (2) the effect of different modes of transmission in a distance learning context. Faculty workload is another issue that must be examined in the distance learning context, with some protections for the faculty from excessive workload because of large enrollments or frequent student contacts. As a pedagogical tool, distance learning has the potential to enhance the educational mission of institutions of higher learning, but cost-cutting aspects of distance learning need to be recognized as often being cost-shifting, and they need to be addressed in the context of the educational mission of the institution. (Contains 11 endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Faculty, Costs, Distance Education, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Intellectual Property, Technological Advancement
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Univ. Professors, Washington, DC.