8.1.8 Distance Learning Technology

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RevisedMarch 3, 2010

  1. Distance Learning is defined as the use of one or more technologies to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and to support regular and substantive interactions between the students and the instructor, either synchronously or asynchronously. This includes courses offered strictly online (Internet), courses delivered in the classroom with partial delivery online (hybrid), and courses whose primary delivery is through Interactive Television (ITV) which may also include Internet-delivered content or interaction.
  2. Online and Distance Learning Instruction: Faculty members may be asked to develop an online or distance learning course by their Department Dean or they may, themselves, request to do so. Such requests must be approved by the appropriate Vice President. Courses shall be developed using designated instructional software selected by the College. Technical assistance and instruction in delivery techniques will be provided by the Instructional Technologies and Distance Learning Support Department.
  3. Free Works: A wide variety of multimedia resources such as graphics, photographs, video clips, or text is legally available from the Internet and royalty free. Before downloading such material, users should secure approval for use by the publisher or otherwise follow the guidelines stated on the host Web site. A listing of acceptable sites for such resources is contained in the Handbook.
  4. Copyright Law for Distance Learning: The TEACH Act amended the U.S. Copyright Act in 2002 to allow educators at accredited institutions to transmit portions of legally acquired audiovisual works over distance learning networks without having to first obtain permission from the work’s copyright owner. Faculty who teach online courses should become familiar with the provisions of the TEACH Act. Links to the Act are in the Handbook.

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