Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Ask the Administrator: Can They Take My Stuff?
I’ve taught in nursing program at a nearby CC in an interim position in the department PT/FT for the last 3 years. They hired a FT person for the fall. On the last day of class, the person they hired -- who was team teaching with me -- asked the students for copies of my PPTX etc.
Any input or experience with this?
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If you don't keep a file copy of the actual instructor's syllabus, how do you prove to your accrediting agency that a given instructor actually does teach a course designed to achieve those goals?
And how do you handle a grade appeal? Rely on a copy provided by the student making the appeal when some people are foolish enough to distribute it electronically as a docx file that could changed and then printed?
There could be copyright issues for material that originated with the interim instructor or if the arrangement of the material was original.
Legal questions about intellectual property rights are especially relevant for online courses. Suppose you create a new online course at your college. Who owns it? If your college administration regards the online course that you created as a “work-for-hire”, you do not own your own course. The college may be able to hire a part-timer to teach your online course for a lot less money. You may not be able to take it to another institution if you change jobs. You may not even be able to alter or change your online course without begging permission from your administration. You need to check your contract very carefully before you agree to start creating your own online course. If the words “work-for-hire” appear anywhere in there, this is an automatic red flag. You want to make sure that everything is spelled out in writing before you start, just in case there is a disagreement at a later time as to who owns what.
Once you do start creating your own online course, you need to make sure that whatever you create is truly original with you. It should really be your own work and not borrowed from somewhere else. Sooner or later, someone might notice that you incorporated someone else’s copyrighted material into your online course without permission or acknowledgment, and you could find yourself in court. If you do want to borrow something from somewhere else, make sure you have permission to do so—this is true for any photographs, videos, or extensive textual materials that you use. Use public domain materials wherever possible—examples of such materials are works created by the federal government or works for which the copyright has already expired.
I don't buy the remark by Charles Nelson @2:43AM. If the bulk of the ppt comes from the ancillary materials for a text, just contact the book rep and get your own copy, and add your own notes or just comment live. No need to get someone's embellishment of same. (Often those materials are just the images from the text, not a full presentation suitable for use by anyone, expert or not.) Unless you can't do it, and thus need the modern version of a film strip plus a 33 rpm record: ppt slides with notes to be read off of the side bar.
We have some ppt slides that one prof used and that we hand off to adjuncts for some gen ed courses. Ditto for sample exams and daily course outlines. They can take it from there.
I like your advice to take the "confusing misunderstanding" approach. Very professional. Works even if the person doing the borrowing won a t-t job over your correspondent and now needs help.
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