Live Satellite Broadcasts Examine Distance Education

Posted: February 20, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Two live satellite broadcasts on critical challenges in distance education will help administrators and faculty to identify both the perils and the possibilities inherent in distance learning today and spur discussion of critical issues that impact all areas of George Mason.

“Copyright Issues Online” is shown today from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room 311. Using scenarios based on real-world situations, key experts in copyright law for higher education, including Georgia Harper from The University of Texas, will analyze issues such as:

  • How the “fair use” provision works in today’s digital environments

  • Why the Copyright Clearance Center and other such organizations are valuable

  • Why an institution’s permission process should be centralized

  • How to get information on copyright policy into the hands of those who need it most: faculty and students

“Cheating and Plagiarism Using the Internet” is held Thursday, April 3, at the same time and location. The program will offer solutions to the increase of cheating and plagiarism by:

  • Defining the problem, including its scope, causes, and the roles of faculty and administrators in requiring, teaching, and modeling ethical behavior

  • Demonstrating strategies for detecting plagiarism

  • Presenting reactive methods of dealing with the problem

  • Suggesting proactive approaches to dissuading and minimizing cheating and plagiarism

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