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ERIC Number: EJ805072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0830-0445
Online Teaching and University Policy: Investigating the Disconnect
Wallace, Lori
Journal of Distance Education, v22 n1 p87-100 2007
Universities are just beginning to experience the impact of the increasing use of online technologies on academic policies and procedures originally formulated for the traditional face-to-face teaching context. In this case study, the experience of one university is used to demonstrate the types of policies that require examination and modification as well as the areas in which new policies may be required. Examples of policies and issues that are common to most universities are examined, and include instructor responsibilities and workload, course evaluation, grading and evaluation of students, privacy and records, copyright clearance of third-party materials, and ownership of intellectual property. The review suggests that the work involved in policy updating in a changing environment can be challenging but it is important that direction be provided at both the micro and macro policy levels. The work involved in addressing policy issues, even at the micro level, can range from the relatively simple tasks of providing clearer wording to changes requiring collective bargaining. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada