Online Delivery at Traditional Institutions: Faculty Concerns and Knowledge About Intellectual Property Rights

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Kyna Shelley

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research


This study was designed to provide information to administrators about concerns faculty might have with online delivery and to assess their overall knowledge about intellectual property rights at traditional institutions. Faculty from the eight institutions under the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning were invited to participate in the study regardless if they participated in online delivery or not. The results of this study will allow administrators and faculty an opportunity to address concerns and explore putting written policies in place related to online delivery. Faculty reported low levels of concerns about legal issues and rewards. Greatest concerns were those regarding workload/effort where there were differences found based on the faculty member's tenure status. Differences were found between gender and preferred delivery method. No significant differences were found with the subject variables and the satisfaction of an individual who has engaged in online delivery. Further, the majority of the 223 respondents did not answer the intellectual property rights questions correctly.