Faculty Rights, Role and Responsibilities
Course Oversight: All courses offered via distance education shall have a qualified faculty member approved and assigned by the appropriate department head.
Primacy of the Faculty: Faculty shall retain the primary responsibility and authority for the academic management and oversight of distance education courses and programs.
Control of Course Content: The assigned faculty member shall have full control of the content of the distance education course material.
Content Clearance: The faculty member shall be expected to deliver accurate and current information and shall not include in the content of the course anything which the faculty member knows to constitute libel, invasion of privacy, infringement of copyright or other literary rights, or otherwise violate the legal rights of any persons. (Review the TEACH Act)
Course Revisions: The faculty member retains the authority and the responsibility to produce any revised or supplemental materials in order to maintain or enhance the accuracy and quality of the distance education course. Expected updating of course material will be planned and methodically implemented with the appropriate support unit.
Intellectual Property Rights: (See Auburn University Copyright Policy and sample Royalty Agreement in Appendix IV)
Faculty Profile: In general, it is expected that the faculty assigned to distance education courses and programs shall have the same profile (expertise, experience, rank) as the faculty assigned to resident classes.
Faculty Development Opportunities: The University's distance education infrastructure shall provide development opportunities for faculty that will increase their awareness of distance education methodologies and improve their instructional skills.
General Faculty Support: Faculty shall have appropriate services and resources to assure their effectiveness as distance educators and to assure an effective and efficient teaching and learning environment.
Telecommunications Support: The University shall provide adequate equipment, software, and communications access to faculty to support
enrollment in a particular independent learning course is appropriate for their program and status.
Independent Learning (asynchronous) courses shall be applicable to degree programs consistent with the same courses as conducted on the AU campus.
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