Introduction

The term “educational technology” has many meanings. At FDU, we consider Educational Technology to refer to the use of advanced technological equipment (such as computers, multimedia, interactive television, electronic display devices) to support teaching and learning.

Educational technology includes, but is not limited to

  • Interactive television (ITV) for course delivery
  • Internet for partial or entire course delivery
  • Non-networked software for partial or entire course delivery
  • The use of software, CDs, etc. provided with textbooks
  • Presentation technologies such as computer displays, presentation software, and other multimedia or electronic applications in the classroom

Regardless of the mode of delivery, FDU is committed to using educational technology to successfully deliver content, stimulate critical thinking, and emphasize personal interaction through effective pedagogy.

The policies and procedures included in this document cover several areas. The procedures have been developed to facilitate interaction among course developers, instructors, and the Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology. These procedures are based on the premise that communication and planning are critical factors in successful completion of educational technology projects. Policies outline the rights and responsibilities of faculty developing or teaching technology-enhanced courses, students enrolled in such courses, the Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology, and the University. The policies were written to protect the rights of faculty and students, and to ensure that all individuals involved in course development and instruction are aware of relevant law. The policies also outline the University’s position on ownership of and rights to intellectual property created during the course development process.

The policies and procedures included in this document were written with several principles in mind.

  • The best, most creative course development will take place in a supportive environment, in which course developers have access to appropriate training and development opportunities, and can be assured that their intellectual property rights will be respected.
  • The University must protect itself from legal action by ensuring that all parties abide by all relevant copyright and privacy laws, one effective approach to which is to provide information to course developers and instructors about the relevant laws.
  • The University must ensure that large-scale course development efforts, which require substantial use of scarce resources and affect many students, are efficiently planned by the developers and will result in sustainable, pedagogically sound course materials.
  • The University must retain reasonable access to any course materials necessary for instructional, educational, and administrative purposes, including satisfying requests of accreditation agencies for faculty-authored syllabi and course descriptions.