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Scholarly Research & Resources


Copyright, Fair Use doctrine and the TEACH Act

Copyright law is difficult to keep up to date on and can pose serious legal issues if not followed precisely.  All courses, including online courses, make use of copyrighted materials to assist in the learning process.  Information on how much of a copyrighted work can be used in your online course can be found below.



Designing Online Courses

The quality of a course is often set before the first day of class.  The function of course design is to help students learn effectively through the information presented.  Course design is a difficult process to master and the nature of the course rests heavily on it.  Here you will find some information to help you with that process.



Improving Student Learning Outcomes

Encouraging students to engage with the course material can be a difficult task.  The demands on a student's time are heavy and course materials are only one of the many forces vying for attention from students.  Creating appealing materials for your course and designing your course to encourage students interaction with assignments is part of helping students to learn.  Research in this area to help your students get the most from your course materials and time in class is found here.



Promoting Academic Honesty Online

Plagiarism is one of the most serious academic crimes.  It is an affront to those whose materials are copied, it inhibits the learning process, and misrepresents the time and effort placed into the course by the student.  While the boiler plate statement about plagiarism appears in most syllabi, learning more about plagiarism and stimulating students desire for academic honesty is important.


Teaching Online Courses

Teaching online comes with its own set of issues and challenges, far different from those encountered in the face to face classroom.  Here you will find materials to assist in the creation of your online course content, setting up your course information effectively, tips on delivering teaching materials, and other information to help facilitate online instruction.