Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



College of Education and Human Services


Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies

Committee Chair

Sebastian Diaz


With the ever increasing growth in the number of online courses offered by institutions of higher education, determining ownership of the content of these courses is becoming an important consideration. Many institutions have intellectual property policies in place that are either vague, outdated or non-existent when determining copyright ownership to online courses. Faculty members who are creating these courses are many times investing their own intellect into the course content, which would traditionally invoke copyright ownership over that content. However, courses being offered to students in an online format have created some confusion as to ownership rights over those courses. It is important that faculty members understand their rights to course content when intellectual property is involved. In future faculty development as well as establishment of university copyright policies, ownership rights should be very clearly determined and explained.;The purpose of this study is to determine the variables that most closely correspond to faculty perception of content ownership when developing and teaching online courses. The variables being studied are faculty rank and status within the institution, faculty academic discipline, number of years teaching in higher education and education level of the faculty members. It is based upon these variables that continuing education can be developed and customized for faculty members based upon their experiences within the institution and with regard to content development. Chi-square Automatic Interaction Detection (CHAID) was used to determine those variables that were most significantly associated with faculty perception of ownership to content of online courses offered in higher education.