ERIC Number: ED459875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Developing a Distance Education Policy for 21st Century Learning.
American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
This paper examines the issues associated with educational policy and distance education. New forms of distance education portend a change for student populations, while encouraging faculty to develop new modalities of teaching and administrators to provide a new infrastructure of support. As a result, the advent of distance education is forcing many institutions to review and amend their existing policies and procedures. The areas covered in this paper include: (1) intellectual property policies; (2) ownership of distance education courses; (3) faculty issues; (4) student issues; (5) limiting liability; (6) commercialization; and (7) teaching beyond state and international borders. The paper argues that intellectual property policy is a core issue. An online learning policy will implicate patent, copyright, and software policies, and for some institutions, their trademark, multimedia, and videotaping policies. The paper delineates six areas that should be addressed when revisiting intellectual property issues: (1) clarification of what constitutes intellectual property; (2) definition of inventor and author rights; (3) identification of when and how the institution can use intellectual property; (4) clarification of how faculty will be compensated for the development and preparation of online classes; (5) identification of who will administer the institutions' policies; and (6) clarification of when the inventor or author can use the institution's trademarks. (NB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Faculty, Computer Mediated Communication, Copyrights, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Distance Education, Educational Policy, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Home Study, Intellectual Property, Nontraditional Education, Online Courses, Ownership, Student Costs, Telecourses
For full text: http://www.acenet.edu/washington/distance_ed/2000/03march /distance_ed.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.