ERIC Number: ED475736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
An Analysis of the Knowledge Levels of Ohio's Post-Secondary Educators in Public/State, Private and Two-Year Colleges and Universities Regarding Copyright Ownership of Web-based/Online Courses and Materials.
Renner, Jasmine Rita
This study analyzed the knowledge levels of Ohio's postsecondary educators regarding copyright and copyright related issues. A stratified random sample of 62 postsecondary educators from public and private colleges who taught Web-based courses participated in the study. The study used two instruments: a copyright questionnaire about knowledge of issues and a followup to gather educators' responses to issues related to copyright knowledge, ownership, and management in their own institutions. Results show that postsecondary educators have some knowledge of the Copyright Act and copyright related issues, but were for the most part unstudied in this area. Educators who taught graduate courses scored significantly lower than those who taught undergraduate and professional courses. Educators who were aware of their own institution's copyright policy scores higher than those who were not. Results from the followup show that most educators feel limited in their knowledge regarding copyright, are concerned about legal issues, and request ongoing inservice training and workshops to remain informed. The study suggests that institutions of higher education must respond to copyright issues and provide ongoing education and access to materials about copyright for faculty members. Eighteen appendixes contain supporting materials, including cover letters and tracking forms used in the study. (Contains 15 tables and 58 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Bowling Green State University.