Posts Tagged ‘best practices’

Considering Copyright in the Classroom

In Hub Features on August 11, 2014 at 7:00 am

cc-by-nc-nd by Adam D. Zolkover

What you probably already know about copyright in the classroom is that there are some special rules, a little bit more permissive, that allow teachers and students to use protected intellectual property for the purposes of education.  As an instructor at a university, for example, I am permitted to show an excerpt from my favorite production of Hamlet if the purpose of the exhibition is to illustrate some point about the text, show it might be staged, or generate a discussion among my students that forwards the purposes of their education.  And likewise, my students are allowed to share excerpts of copyrighted materials in papers that they write for me, or in presentations that they give to the class.

The rules for doing this have been widely disseminated and are available, among other places, from here at the Indiana University library website.

If you haven’t read those rules carefully, however, what you may not know about using copyrighted material for educational purposes is just how restricted that usage remains.  If you plan to disseminate a copied text to all of your students or for your students to disseminate copies among themselves, the recommendation of the U.S. Copyright Office is that it be no more than: Read the rest of this entry »

The Ideal Adjunct

In Philly Blog on July 29, 2014 at 11:15 pm

ideal adjunct

post by Jennie Shanker

When adjuncts point to their inability to thrive on the low salaries they receive from their work, they are often met with the same argument:

This work is meant to be part-time. We never intended for anyone to make their living from it!  

Indeed, there are some people who teach as adjuncts who don’t particularly need the work or the money. They may have their own business, a well-paying job elsewhere, or another breadwinner in the house whose income covers the family needs. These are the professionals the administration will assert as their consummate adjuncts. They are the ideal candidates, receiving pay as a token of thanks for their generous service.

This faculty member, however ideal, is not representative of the vast majority of adjuncts. Any administration even minimally engaged with its educators knows this. The extensive number of courses taught by part timers cannot be filled with these outside professionals. Read the rest of this entry »

What Can I Do? How Full Time Faculty can Help Adjuncts

In Philly Blog on June 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

help wanted


Post by Jennie Shanker

Summer is here! Our three-month span off campus is called a vacation, and indeed many faculty members are able to travel, have time to focus on their scholarly work, and enjoy great freedom in their schedule. It’s important for teachers to have a break from the responsibilities and demands that accompany each school term. Without it, the research and creative endeavors of the faculty are diminished, ultimately affecting what they have to offer the institution and their students.

Certainly for those of us who teach on a part-time basis, there is no summer vacation. Read the rest of this entry »