Workshop: Academic Freedom in the Digital Age

Course ID - CTDUFMDC-a             

Short Title: Academic Freedom

 Audience   Faculty   
Length of Workshop:      3 hours (1.5 F-2-F and 1.5 pre and post) 

Today's technological tools have brought greater access to information to college campuses, but they have also introduced new threats to academic freedom. Increased reliance on corporate-sponsored grants and restrictions on electronic communications are two examples of pressure that can limit free speech. Participants in this session will discuss strategies to protect freedom of speech in today's classrooms, both face-to-face and online. In preparation for the workshops, participants will read the transcript of the interview, "Robert O'Neil describes emerging threats to academic freedom"

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List and describe some threats to academic freedom in the digital age 
  • Describe some legal limitations affecting online posting and blogs
  • Explain some ways that faculty can foster an environment of free speech in their classrooms, both online and F2F
  • Write a brief (1-page) summary of the session suitable for publication in the UFMDC newsletter



Reference #





03/06/09 536396 Friday 1:00pm - 2:30pm Miami Beach Robert Samuels


Registration information
Course ID: CTDUFMDC-a  
Course Title: Academic Freedom 
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

Registration for CT&D workshops are through the Student Information and Registration system.  The process for registering for a CTD workshop will be the same as registering for a regular class at MDC.  

New - Easier registration for workshops

You can access the Registration System and register for a CTD workshop using the same user name and password that use to login to your computer.    Example:   Richard Johnson  would be rjohnson     (You will NOT need to create a separate student myMDC account to register for a CTD workshop

Make a note of the Reference Number for the workshop then go to Registration Instructions

Once you have registered for a class, you can print your schedule.    Please make every effort to attend once you've registered as seats are limited.     However, If you need to drop, you can also do this through the Web Registration screen.     CTD classes will appear on your transcript as non-credit classes.

If you need special assistance to participate in this workshop due to a disability, please call CT&D at 7-2366 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  College Training and Development complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.