ANNUAL REPORT
UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE ON CURRICULA AND COURSES

The UCCC rejects petitions without tabling.

In the 00-01 academic year, we denied 1 description change, 2 title changes, 2 title and description changes, 3 title, description, and credit changes, and 2 curriculum changes.

In the 00-01 academic year, we approved 42 new courses, 11 May courses, 4 eXperimental courses, and 15 deletions.

In the 00-01 academic year, we approved the following changes: 5 title changes. 1 number change, 4 description changes, 16 prerequisite changes, 2 credit changes, 10 cross-listings, 9 title and description changes, 1 title and number changes, 1 number and prerequisite changes, 2 prerequisite and description changes, 1 number, prerequisite, and description change, 1 title, credit hour and prerequisite change, 1 title, number and description change, 3 title, prerequisite, and description changes, and 20 curriculum changes.

All petitions and changes affecting courses number 500 or higher are sent to the graduate committee. We elected to send 3 curriculum changes there because they seemed to impact upper-level courses as well.

As such, in the 00-01 academic year, we sent 26 new course petitions, 1X course petition, 2 telecommunication petitions, and 23 deletion petitions to the graduate committee. In addition, we sent forward 2 title changes, 2 number changes, 8 description changes, 14 prerequisite changes, 4 cross-listing changes, 2 designator changes, 1 telecommunication delivery changes, 5 changes in title and description, 1 changes in prerequisites and description, 1 change in title, number and description, 1 change in title, designator and description, 1 change in title, prerequisites, and description, and 3 curriculum changes.

Finally 20 actions remain tabled after the May 4th meeting.

Finally, we examined and end the M course designation, managed to complete a web page with links to Adobe versions of all of the forms, and began work on Internet courses. The final report found below.

The chairperson for 01-02 is Professor Jeff Persels, French and Classic (7-6088 and perselsj@sc.edu).

INTERNET REPORT

The University has not taken full advantage of web-based instruction though much instructional material is being placed on Blackboard and web pages. The following question remained to be answered.

QUESTIONS

1. What is an Internet course?

An Internet course is designed such that physical interaction between the student and the instructor of record is not necessary. Lectures as well as video and audio adjuncts can be streamed. Libraries of readings can be scanned and stored at the site or call number designations can be provided or web addresses/links can the given. Galleries can be included as well. Class discussion can occur in chat rooms, list serves (moderated or not).

2. Does an Internet course count as a standard course in computing teaching load?

Can a professor offer a full teaching load of Internet courses becoming a non-residential member of the faculty? Might this be a tool to increase the quality of some programs by attracting web-supported courses from faculty or experts geographically elsewhere. Internet consortia may be possible whereby Internet courses at one institution are shared with another.

3. Does the Internet course become the property of the University or is it shared between the professor who created it and the University, or is it the property of the creator?

4. How do Internet courses implicate Fair Use exceptions to copyright? Once the course is "published" on the WWW, what are the copyright issues?

INTERNET COURSE RECOMMENDATIONS

Whereas Internet courses provide a unique opportunity for sthe tudent beyond the reach of traditional instructional pedagogies to undertake academic studies, alleviate some of the expenses associated with scheduling traditional instructional pedagogies, and offer a means to extend the marketplace of ideas by incorporating off-site course offerings from experts at other colleges and universities,

Whereas many different colleges and universities have begun to offer exclusively Internet based courses and USC may need an Internet course policy in place to accommodate the activities of its faculty, especially when it appears we have ten (10) or more of these courses already being offered without a standing policy,

Whereas faculty may be reluctant to investigate Internet course creation until a policy clarifying ownerships and "teaching exceptions" has been adopted,

Whereas instructional and computing support services need to prepare themselves to provide services demanded by faculty as they design Internet coursework,

WE recommend the following be communicated to the appropriate University officers:

A DEFINITION (to be communicated to the faculty and used by UCCC in evaluating course proposals).

An Internet course is designed such that physical interaction between the student and the instructor of record is not necessary. Lectures as well as video and audio adjuncts can be streamed and linked through Blackboard. Libraries of readings can be scanned and linked to Blackboard, call number designations can be provided and/or web addresses/links can the given. Galleries can be linked through Blackboard as well. Class discussion can occur in chat rooms, list servers (moderated or not). Server space would need to be negotiated by the faculty member and his/her unit.

This definition would not include courses that use the web as an adjunct to traditional instruction and would exclude telecommunication courses involving telepresence and video supported instruction when the video is owned by the University and/or faculty member(s).

A STATEMENT OF UNIVERSITY/FACULTY RELATIONSHIP (to be approved by the Office of the Provost).

A professor may not offer a full teaching load of Internet courses in turn becoming a non-residential member of the faculty. At least half of the course load must be on site. This requirement excludes the adjunct appointments and consortia relationships.

A STATEMENT ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (to be incorporated into the University intellectual property documentation).

The faculty member(s) who is/are responsible for its creation and USC, commensurate with the degree and amount of contribution provided in its creation, will jointly own an Internet course. In joint ownership situations, the employer reserves joint rights to own, distribute, and experience dividends associated with the property and exclusive rights over its name and logo associated with the property. In all other instances, the employer would abide by the "teacher exception" standard.

A STATEMENT ON FACULTY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (to be communicated to the faculty, to be incorporated into the University intellectual property documentation, and to be used by UCCC in evaluating course proposals).

It is the responsibility of the faculty member(s) to:

1. accept as a professional responsibility their own education in matters of copyright legislation that is relevant to all aspects of their professional duties and the copyright guidelines for USC;

2. abide by the laws protecting the property of media producers and distributors and desist from descrambling a scrambled work, to decrypt an encrypted work, or otherwise to avoid, bypass, remove, deactivate, or impair a technological measure, without the authority of the copyright owner and must refrain from (1) intentionally removing or altering any copyright management information, (2) distributing or importing for distribution copyright management information knowing that the copyright management information has been removed or altered without the authority of the copyright owner or the law, or (3) distributing, importing for distribution, or publicly performing works, copies of works, or phonorecords, knowing that copyright management information has been removed or altered without authority of the copyright owner or the law, knowing, or, with respect to civil remedies under section 1203, having reasonable grounds to know, that it will induce, enable, facilitate, or conceal an infringement of any right under this title.

3. join with the DEIS in determining Fair Use provisions of the Copyright Law and Guidelines as they apply to the particular instance and relinquish all legal counsel at the expense of the employer for failing to follow this provision;

4. recognize that copyright holders may legitimately protect their property through litigation;

5. will to the best of his/her/their abilities, when in need of exception to contractual terms, consult the copyright holder or agent to request permission for a license;

6. make every possible effort to ensure that course materials are made from sources that have the legal right to offer the material for sale to educational institutions and agencies.

COMMENT

UCCC is incredibly demanding. I received dozens of emails in a day and was expected to know all the courses in the University catalog on the spot. It occupied hours every week in addition to my other duties.

Here's the rub. Often, it is not the committee's fault matters are not handled as expeditiously as faculty would like. If you wait until March to get changes into the next year's catalog, expect some delays. Most importantly, the staff at the Faculty Club receives too many insulting and demeaning phone calls alleging some level of incompetence. I have been insulted by the best in academic debate and have learned to shed complaints that are misdirected at me, but the staff at the Faculty Club does a tremendous job with a difficult task. Please be patient and considerate. They deserve respect. They may not hold doctorates, but they have long working hours at hardly optimal salaries.

In terms of the committee, we try to do our best. Sometimes we make mistakes. It is voluntary committee service. We do not get release time or (necessarily) merit pay for the job. Please keep that in mind when you vent at the committee and the faculty involved.


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