I fully support open access text books and other open access pedagogy tools. I appreciate using someone else’s slides or homework assignments and I would like to make mine available for others to use.
Please allow me to use this blog post to investigate a situation I’ve heard about. Faculty member A took over a class from faculty member B and still uses some of the original homework assignments. In addition, over the last year a good number of those assignments have been modified based on comments from faculty member C who demanded them be reworded to better meet accreditation standards – their department is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Faculty members B & C who either previously or recently contributed to the homework assignments in the class have demanded that the copyright logo be added to both the homework assignments and rubrics as a means to prevent them from being used by others without permission. Faculty member A complained to the department about the request but was encouraged to be compliant.
- Can a teacher just add “Copyright 2018. Smith, Jones & Doe” to a university homework or grading rubric and assume it is protected? (I thought you had to file for a copyright)
- What could the potential benefits be of doing so? Isn’t this in direct conflict with the idea of open access?
- Can faculty member A refuse to add the copyright?