eLearning Faculty Handbook
Chapter 4: Policy
Ownership of Course Materials on the Web
The college policy on Copyrights and Patents is accessible online at http://www.scf.edu/content/PDF/Rules/Section5A.pdf
(scroll to page 13, Rule 6HX14-5.182).
eLearning course sections are paid at the regular course rate per credit hour based
upon degree level of instructor.
Faculty Office Hours
eLearning Duty Schedules:
One (1) hour "virtual location" credit is given for each 3-hour eLearning web class. This means that for each 3 hours of eLearning web classes that a full-time faculty member teaches, the faculty member may indicate 2 on campus hours instead of 3 on the duty schedule. Please note on the bottom of the duty schedule a statement reflecting how many hours have been deducted for which web classes. This is not in effect in the summer semesters. Web-enhanced and blended courses do not qualify for virtual office hours.
Extended adjuncts teaching eLearning classes should submit a duty schedule showing 20 hours per week for the entire semester plus any overloads. Extended adjuncts do not need to show equivalent office hours for eLearning classes.
During the summer semesters, full-time faculty who wish to receive the premium rate for summer classes need to put in two office hours on campus per class per week. This is true for all classes, including eLearning classes.
Recommended maximum class size for online courses is 25 students. Enrollment exceeding 25 students should only be by agreement of the teaching faculty and department chair.
Maximum class size for Web Enhanced courses will be the same as for a regular section of the same course, as determined by the department having responsibility for the course.
Maximum class size for a Gordon Rule online course is 20 students.
Copyright and Fair Use
The federal copyright statute governs the reproduction of works including traditional
works of authorship such as books, photographs, music, drama, video and sculpture,
and digital works such as software, multimedia, and databases. Copyrighted works are
protected regardless of the medium in which they are created or reproduced; thus,
copyright extends to digital works and works transformed into a digital format. As
a result of changes in copyright law, works published since March 1, 1989, need not
bear a copyright notice to be protected under the statute. Faculty should assume that
whatever material they wish to copy is protected under copyright law.
"Fair Use" conditions for educators are complex and vague. The SCF library can assist you in determining a "fair use" of copyrighted materials. Faculty are responsible for being familiar with and complying with copyright guidelines. For more information about copyright the following web sites contain in depth information:
Stanford University Library, http://fairuse.stanford.edu/
Berkeley Digital Library, http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Copyright/index.html
Instructors are required to post a link to student evaluations in the online course environment in a conspicuous place each semester when notified that course evaluations are available. Students have the opportunity to evaluate their eLearning courses at Manatee Community College. Using a Personal Identification Number (PIN), the student conducts this evaluation anonymously online when scheduled late in the semester. The instructor and supervisor receive the results of this evaluation after final grades are submitted. The online course evaluation can be accessed via the eLearning web site:
The College shall comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which requires accommodations for physical, psychological/mental or other barriers which limits access to employment and educational opportunities for students, employees and applicants. All State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Employees work to insure campus accessibility for persons with disabilities, which would include, but not be limited to, employment practices, facilities use and maintenance, and admissions, services, programs and activities, except where to do so would result in a fundamental alteration of the program or place undue financial and administrative burdens upon the College. Please consult the Disability Resource Center with any questions or concerns when working with students with disabilities.