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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Pogue, Mary Irene
Author's Email Address mpogue@lsu.edu
URN etd-03212004-143251
Title A Comparison of Administrator and Faculty Self-Report and Knowledge of Distance Education, Related Intellectual Property Laws and Policy, and Tenets of Academic Freedom
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Educational Leadership, Research & Counseling
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Barbara Fuhrmann Committee Co-Chair
Rita Culross Committee Co-Chair
Becky Ropers-Huilmann Committee Member
George Noell Committee Member
Marietta DelFavero Committee Member
Earl Johnson Dean's Representative
  • distance education
  • intellectual property
  • academic freedom
Date of Defense 2004-02-18
Availability unrestricted
Distance education is an emerging force in higher education that is creating new opportunities and added challenges. The purpose of this study was to identify and compare what university administrators and faculty know about issues that surround a debate about ownership of intellectual products created for distance education including technologies used in distance education and the law, university policies, and tenets of academic freedom that are supposed to stimulate intellectual creativity. An Internet-based survey was used to gather data from university faculty and administrators at four southeastern research universities in the United States. Results indicated that respondents were almost universally familiar with distance education, and that more than one-third create teaching materials expressly for use in distance education. Further, results indicated that more than two-thirds of participants were aware of university intellectual property ownership policies, but less than one-quarter reported knowing details of those policies. Although participants agreed that protections provided by U. S. Copyright Law are important, more than one-third of faculty and one-quarter of administrators admitted that their knowledge of the law was, at best, vague. Although a wide majority of respondents reported familiarity with academic freedom, when the accuracy and depth of their knowledge was examined, it seems their understanding was largely impressionistic. Although few unexpected differences were identified, administrators were shown to rely more heavily than faculty counterparts on universities to stay informed about the issues of interest in this study. Results from the study suggest that if leaders are needed to help realize the opportunities and meet the challenges created by emerging technologies and distance education, universities will need to take initiative to develop expertise among faculty and administrators.
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