standard 5: Legal, ethical and safe technology use
The instructor knows, understands, and facilitates legal, ethical, and safe technology use.
Identify state, district, and campus policies (such as fair use, netiquette, and plagiarism);
Explain how you guide safe and ethical online behavior;
Explain and illustrate how you model safe and ethical online behavior.
Reflection Taking the @ONE course has given me a stronger understanding of Fair Use guidelines and copyright laws that I must adhere to and model to my students. Additionally, I know students must feel safe and know that people do not have access to their personal information. Grades and instructor feedback, I know are personal information. In simple terms, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law created by the US Department of Education and as such, we must comply with in order to facilitate ethical online communication. Because many students are unfamiliar with fair use, copyright and privacy policies as well as campus policies regarding plagiarism and netiquette, I identify and teach these topics early on in my courses. The following artifacts are some of the ways I guide my students in this area and model these standards in my online courses.
Artifacts Saddleback College Policies and Standards Because I am a writing instructor, it's paramount that I identify the policies surrounding acts of academic dishonesty right away. From the start, students are informed that they will submit all of their written essay through turnitin, a plagiarism prevention site. So that they are aware of what my expectations are, I share with them the Saddleback College Acts of Academic Dishonesty guidelines early on. It is then my responsibility to teach the students how to effectively quote, paraphrase, summarize and cite material using up-to-date MLA documentation.
Netiquette Overall, I want my students to feel safe to speak their minds, yet I don't want them to creep into personal attacks when we get into controversial debate. At the start of the course I ask the students to review a few different sites, such as this one, which shows a graphic of the core rules of netiquette.
Additionally, I share this short, closed-captioned YouTube video with my students to drive home these standards.
Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons In a few instances, I have created my own textbooks for f2f courses I teach, and I've learned I need to go through a publishing company like Montezuma in San Diego in order to follow copyright laws and pay royalty fees. In an online course I need to follow the same procedures. I can't just photocopy a chapter from a book and download it to a reader software tool like Scribd and provide it to my students. Materials that already live on the web, however, are fair game. I can provide students to links to reading materials.
Saddleback College Fair Use Statement: Employees or students may not use copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder. The connections represented by the Internet allow users to access a wide variety of media. Even though it is possible to download most of these materials, users shall not create or maintain archived copies of these materials unless the materials are in the public domain, e.g., freeware, shareware, etc.
In an attempt to explain laws pertaining to fair use and copyrighting, I share these materials with my students. YouTube video show Copyright Law explained by Disney characters.
Additionally, here is a link put out by the Library of Congress, intended to explain copyright to students.