25 SPEC Kit 351: Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources
from a library staff member, who provides suggestions/resources as appropriate that lower the cost
to students.
There is no coordinated governance, therefore, no consistent requirements across any area.
These requirements are still being developed.
These requirements only apply to the pilot stipend program being launched this spring 2016. Other
initiatives will have different requirements.
We encouraged faculty to have students create content, though we did not require students to openly
license or transfer copyright to that content.
Workshop participation, meet with librarian
15. Do tenure/promotion policies at your institution encourage faculty to adopt, adapt, or create
affordable course content/open educational resources? N=41
Yes, university wide 0
Yes, in select departments 1 2%
No 40 98%
If yes, but only in select departments, please identify the departments. N=1
Departments select their own promotion and tenure criteria. Departmental attitudes vary.
Additional comments N=3
I don’t see this happening anytime soon here but our Textbook Affordability Task Force is
recommending that the institution adds a textbook affordability statement to all course syllabi that
would require faculty to indicate that they have or have not attempted to lower textbook costs by
adopting open content or other alternatives (such as licensed library content).
Not that I am aware of currently.
This depends on the department. Generally not supported in most departments currently, but
beginning to see this in some departments. Some departments look favorably on these efforts but we
are not aware of any that formally require or privilege the creation of affordable or open course content.
16. Does your institution have an intellectual property policy that specifies who owns and who has
rights to original works? N=40
Yes 39 98%
No 1 2%
If yes, please indicate who owns or has rights to the following works. N=33
Curriculum Resources Research Outputs Learning Software
“Designated Instructional
Appointee” who created it
has copyright university has
perpetual, royalty-free license to
use for instructor.
Creator retains copyright (unless
s/he signs it over to a publisher).
University has an open access
policy for research articles
through which creators grant it
a license so they can then post
articles’ text in an OA repository.
If considered part of course
materials, see answer regarding
Curriculum Resources.
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