Whereas, E-instructional materials can provide useful learning tools that also monitor student progress, include instantaneous feedback to both students and faculty, and often offer comprehensive tracking and grading tools that are costly and difficult to duplicate;
Whereas, Many e-instruction materials include assessment and grading programs for evaluating student mastery of the course content and/or required skills;
Whereas, The effectiveness of such assessment and grading components, in general, remains unproven and the specific components of e-materials varies considerably between different publishers; and
Whereas, Faculty are responsible for assessing learning and assigning grades according to Education Code §76224(a) and Title 5 §55002, and no electronic system can replace the guidance provided by faculty directly to students when learning course content and being assessed in the knowledge of the content;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senates to review any existing policies regarding the use of e-instructional materials or develop policies regarding e-instructional materials as necessary to encourage instructors to carefully consider their responsibility in assessing, communicating about, and grading student work effectively before adopting electronic systems that claim to easily replace or replicate this crucial work of faculty.
Breakouts held at both Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 plenary sessions regarding Instructional Materials, including E-materials. In addition, the CCC Chancellor's Office formed a task force on changing Title 5 language and materials fees. The Senate has appointed representatives to serve on this task force.