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What is the difference between academic and intellectual freedom?

What is the difference between academic and intellectual freedom?

How do these concepts apply to the classroom?

How do they apply to courseware to be offered at distance?

What are the limits to the instructor's prerogatives in teaching?

How do these concepts apply to research and its products?

What rights do institutions have regarding products developed with institutional funding?

What rights do institutions have to control the work of faculty serving as experts while employed by the university?

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What is the difference between academic and intellectual freedom?

Academic freedom is the right of teachers and faculty to conduct research and publish their results with full freedom that is subject to their adequate performance in other academic duties. This freedom affords teachers the autonomy to freely discuss their subject matter but requires teachers to refrain from discussing controversial matter that has no relation to their subject. Limitations on academic freedom may be placed by institutions but these must be in writing and clearly stated prior to a teacher being hired or gaining tenure.

Intellectual freedom is the inalienable right for citizens to seek and receive information from all points of view without restrictions or censorships. This freedom is predicated upon the free access to all expressions and ideals regardless of who may be offended by these ideas or expressions as all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored.

The differences between these two forms of freedom are that intellectual freedom is extended to all citizens according to the American Library Association under the constitution's First Amendment while academic freedom applies to professors, students, and teachers. In addition, academic freedom can be limited, and teachers, professors, as well as students cannot unabashedly use their intellectual freedom in the classroom. Therefore, limitations on what can or cannot be spoken apply to academic freedom wherein intellectual freedom has not limits and cannot be censored because of objections by a few or a majority.

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Academic+Freedom

http://www.ala.org/offices/oif/basics/ifcensorshipqanda

How do these concepts apply to the classroom?

In the classroom teachers must be given the ability to express ...

Solution Summary

The difference between academic and intellectual freedom are examined. How they apply to courseware to be offered at distance is determined.

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