Computer Crash: Academic Freedom Collides with On-line Automation

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by Evelyn Beck Adjuncts are at the heart of a battle brewing on American campuses about academic freedom in on-line teaching. It is becoming increasingly apparent to many that distance education courses which have been designed in whole or in part by full-time faculty are being turned over to part-time instructors who are expected to teach the same course in the same way. This is sure to open up additional opportunities for those seeking adjunct on-line positions. However, full-timers see a myriad of threats in this trend. In addition, it raises questions about academic freedom for faculty at every level. […]
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