Archiving and Protecting Your Course Content

During the March 19 general meeting, several faculty were concerned about what might happen during a strike — Who will teach our courses? How will students access assignments and materials? How will this affect students’ progress towards their degrees and our accreditation? What happens to course content I’ve created if I’m not there to teach it?

Right now, we’ll focus on that last one and what we can do about it. While intellectual property law limits the amount of content someone else can take from your course designs to just 10% of the overall material, OIT’s current policy (specifically section 6.215) is a little more murky when it comes to educational materials developed with OIT resources, like a CMS. Some faculty at the March 19 meeting expressed a general interest in getting a little more control over the ways someone might access this content.

And so, this post explains how to migrate a Canvas course to a different Canvas server. You can leave your material there just to archive it for safekeeping, or you can actually invite students to use it, because I’m sure we are all concerned about what a “qualified individual” might do with our course materials without consulting us first, and there are a lot of interesting ways we can all take a little more control over the intellectual property we develop as faculty!

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Presentation by Howard Bunsis (Ex Officio Chair of the AAUP CBC) on OIT Finances

On May 14, 2020, Dr. Howard Bunsis (Eastern Michigan Univeristy) delivered a presentation over Zoom to OT-AAUP members. The meeting was recorded and is posted below.

Additionally, the slides from Dr. Bunsis’ presentation can be found at this link. If you are looking for a particular point in the conversation, the video is broken into chapters on YouTube at this link.

Finally, the reserve spending resolution (from their Finance and Administration Committee and approved by their board) at Portland State mentioned towards the end of the video can be found at this link.

Good morning colleagues!

After some last minute rescheduling before the start of the term (for which we’d like to congratulate our SEIU colleagues on achieving a historic contract!), the Oregon Tech chapter of AAUP is set to begin negotiating ground rules this coming Thursday, October 17. The negotiation will run from 2-6pm in Room 402 at Portland Metro and the Sunset conference room in Klamath Falls.

During these meetings, our negotiation team will bargain on behalf of all faculty. As such, negotiation sessions are open to all faculty who wish to attend and observe. Future meetings will alternate locations, but we will always have a Skype link connecting both campuses. In this first meeting, any faculty wishing to observe will need to do so physically from either Room 402 or Sunset. We hope that future negotiation sessions will be more accessible by our Chemeketa, Seattle and online colleagues and will push for those considerations in our ground rules.

During our negotiation days, we invite faculty to wear red or white (AAUP’s organizational colors) in a show of support for our negotiation team, even if the time or location of the negotiation meeting means you cannot attend. All visible support shows that we are a united faculty at Oregon Tech and helps strengthen our negotiation team’s bargaining position.

Following this and all negotiation sessions, you can expect a recap of proposals offered and any agreements made. Follow the progress of our negotiations at OregenTechAAUP.org!

In Solidarity,

Matt Frye, OIT-AAUP Secretary, on behalf of the OIT-AAUP Executive Board
Mark Clark, OIT-AAUP President
Yasha Rohwer, OIT-AAUP Vice President
Kevin Pintong, OIT-AAUP Treasurer
Andria Fultz, OIT-AAUP Member at-Large
Kyle Chapman, OIT-AAUP Member at-Large

OIT AAUP Newsletter 1.2 — Pre-Convocation News

Good morning colleagues!

As we get ready for the start of the next academic year, your faculty union has a short newsletter for you! As announced in the previous newsletter, the Faculty Union Negotiation Team issued a Demand to Bargain over the summer. The date for initial negotiations regarding ground rules has been set for September 26, during the interim week between Convocation and the first week of classes.

Early this term, a general Faculty Union meeting will be announced (with access for Portland-Metro and Online faculty). This meeting will include more information about the bargaining process and what faculty can expect from their union in the coming year. While we were unable to schedule a time during Convocation, we will strive to make this meeting as accessible as possible for all faculty.

And, in related news, OIT Staff organized under the Service Employees International Union (SEIU, local 503) are currently negotiating their contract as well. We are invited to wear purple on their negotiation days to show support and solidarity for our co-workers. If you would like to show your support, the OIT-AAUP Newsletters this term will include their negotiation dates as well as ours.

We’ll see you all next week!

In Solidarity,

Matt Frye, OIT-AAUP Secretary, on behalf of the OIT-AAUP Executive Board
Mark Clark, OIT-AAUP President
Yasha Rohwer, OIT-AAUP Vice President
Kevin Pintong, OIT-AAUP Treasurer
Andria Fultz, OIT-AAUP Member at-Large
Kyle Chapman, OIT-AAUP Member at-Large

OIT AAUP Newsletter 1.1 — Bargaining!

Good morning colleagues!

Earlier this summer, the Faculty Union Negotiation Team issued a Demand to Bargain to the university administration. While our union was officially recognized last year after the card campaign, the union executive committee was still gathering input from the larger faculty body regarding the issues that mattered most to them.

Over the past year, the executive committee, negotiation team and a research committee reviewed the contracts from other AAUP faculty unions across the country, sought input from AAUP leadership and communicated with members of the newly formed faculty union at Oregon State University. We continue to seek faculty input for contract articles as negotiation goes on, but as our administrative structure settles into place, we believe it’s time to get the ball rolling on bargaining.

The negotiation team issued their official Demand to Bargain, preferencing dates in August to set the initial ground rules for negotiation (a necessary “syllabus day” for how both sides of the negotiating table should expect the process to proceed). We have not settled on a particular date to begin yet, but the administration’s response suggests that negotiations will begin just before the start of Fall term.

Faculty will receive invitations to attend negotiation sessions (in person or remotely) as those dates are set.

In Solidarity,

Matt Frye, OIT-AAUP Secretary, on behalf of the OIT-AAUP Executive Board
Mark Clark, OIT-AAUP President
Yasha Rohwer, OIT-AAUP Vice President
Kevin Pintong, OIT-AAUP Treasurer
Andria Fultz, OIT-AAUP Member at-Large
Kyle Chapman, OIT-AAUP Member at-Large