ERIC Number: EJ1108820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Faculty, Copyright Law and Online Course Materials
Sweeney, Phyllis C.
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v9 n1 Spr 2006
Copyright and fair use laws that regulate educational materials seem to be fairly well understood by the U.S. courts and educators for use in face-to-face (f2f) classrooms (Post and Trempus, 1998). Ever-changing revisions to these laws blur the distinction between tangible and intangible materials shared with students in f2f, online and hybrid courses and must be decided on a case-by-case basis. As a result, educators face legal and ethical challenges as they take advantage of easy copy and paste tools in the digital medium, particularly if they want to use content from web pages they did not create. Since copying and distribution of digital content is easy, how well can we apply our understanding of these laws, or do we just infringe and ignore the law? This study determined how faculty members at a Research 1 (Carnegie) institute applied their knowledge of copyright/fair use laws to digital course content, and if they were deterred from infringement in the design of their online materials.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Copyrights, Laws, Legal Responsibility, Online Courses, Instructional Materials, Research Universities, Virtual Universities, Information Dissemination, Knowledge Level, Teacher Responsibility, Online Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Focus Groups, Compliance (Legal), Internet, Federal Legislation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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