ERIC Number: ED482188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Academic Freedom, Privacy, Copyright and Fair Use in a Technological World.
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
This position paper of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges examines the increasing use of technology in education and the fundamental, academic implications of this increase for the traditional understanding of academic freedom, privacy, copyright, and fair use. This is the third paper in a four-part series. The widespread use of computer email systems for both faculty and student communication, and of web sites and the Internet for research, teaching, and dissemination has raised concerns regarding the protection of academic freedom. This paper examines a variety of educational computer use policies and makes recommendations for good practice in this area. In addition, the paper discusses evolving interpretations of copyright and fair use in light of the availability of digital material, and makes recommendations to both authors and users of this material. Finally, it provides a philosophical setting for discussions of intellectual property issues. Specific recommendations for involvement and action of local academic senates are included, as well as suggestions to faculty in general. The paper argues for faculty behaving less like buyers and sellers and more like a single, global consciousness in pursuit of knowledge. Includes an annotated bibliography with 67 categorized references. (NB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
Note: Adopted Fall 1999.