California Unions and Online Education

By Lillian Williams

As reported by Inside Higher Ed, union members at California state colleges seek a pause in the rush toward online education.

The University of  California chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, representing lecturers, believes online teachers could be saddled with overly large classes, in addition to other issues.

The union lists five concerns that it intends to discuss in ongoing contract talks:

  • make sure that no one loses a course or a job because classes are moved online:
  • regulate workload;
  • protect intellectual property;
  • ensure academic freedom; and
  • adjust the academic review process for merits and promotion.  
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