Teaching Resources

This page is designed as a resource for our Teachers and Course Assistants

Frequently asked questions:


How do I propose a course?

What do Course Assistants do?

Who provides refreshments?

What about copyright and fair use?

How do I make copies to hand out?

What is the “Wait List?”

How do I deal with Walk In students?

How do I get a projector or other technology?

What about expanding my course description?

Can I expand my biographical information?

Can I post materials for my students on the website?

How do I propose a course?

We request that you thoroughly read and respond to all the questions on the proposal form.  Experience has told us that the more clearly our classes are described, the greater the student satisfaction.

Fall courses usually begin the last week in September; winter classes, the second week in February; spring classes, the first week in April. The deadlines for submitting proposals are as follows:  for fall courses, the last week in May; for winter courses, the last week in August; for spring courses, the last week in October.  Instructors are assigned a liaison on the Curriculum Committee, who will be your resource person to answer questions and guide you through the process.  If you are interested in teaching, please complete a proposal form.

What are Course Assistants?

The Course Assistant is the liaison and goodwill ambassador between CSC and the classroom—instructor, students and site provider—and is the “go-to” person for their issues and concerns.

Course assistants distribute and collect evaluation forms, volunteer forms and other CSC materials. Computer or projection issues, coffee-making and providing refreshments are NOT responsibilities of the Course Assistant.

In case of a change or cancellation CAs are expected to help notify students by making phone calls.

We may occasionally email CAs  announcements to be shared with the class. E-mail is our way of communicating. We ask CAs to check their e-mail at least every other day.

CAs receive an orientation and a contact directory to help  problem-solve any issues that might arise.

Who provides refreshments?

Sometimes members of the class, sometimes assisted or coordinated by the Course Assistant, arrange to share providing refreshments for each class session. This is totally up to and provided by students in the class.

What about copyright and fair use?

The following guidelines, derived from documents developed by UMA and the University of Maryland library[i], are provided to Coastal Senior College instructors to determine what copyrighted material they can use in their CSC courses. This determination is based on what is called the Fair Use doctrine which is designed to balance the rights of originators and publishers of copyrighted material with the principle of dissemination of media important in a democratic society. Deciding whether the use of a work is fair is not a science; there are no specific rules that are universally accepted. Instead, the individual who wants to use a copyrighted work must weigh the following factors. Be aware that these guidelines apply to all forms of duplication of copyrighted works, including print, sound, and photos, regardless of source, such as the internet and websites.

  1. Purpose: If the purpose of using copyrighted material is educational, the use of copyrighted works is more likely to be considered fair use than if used for other purposes.
  2. Amount and Frequency of Use: The more you copy a copyrighted work, or the larger the audience, the less likely it will be considered fair use. For example, copying only one article from a journal or less than 10% or one chapter of a book is more likely to be fair use. Also, infrequent use of copyrighted material is more likely to be fair use than if distributed often. Therefore, CSC asks instructors not to share copyrighted material with those not taking their courses.
  3. Economic consequences: If the use of a copyrighted work represents an economic loss to the owner of the copyright, then it most likely would not be considered fair use. An example would be requiring students to purchase an extensive copy of a copyrighted work rather than purchasing the work itself.

These guidelines are not intended to inhibit our instructors but to ask you to use your judgment in making and distributing copies. In all cases where copyrighted material is used, the sources should be acknowledged, i.e. author, title, publication date and publisher.

September 11, 2014

[i] http://www.umuc.edu/library/libhow/copyright.cfm

Instructors should note that these concerns mean that copyrighted materials cannot be posted on the website open and available to the public–not only to students in a particular course.  This is why we have developed the capability to create pages on the website only available to current students in a particular course. In essence, this means that the posted material is then equivalent to handing out copies in class for purposes of fair use and copyright./

How do I make copies to hand out?

Please use the copy centers where we have charge account and are not charged a sales tax.  We use Supplies Unlimited on Business Route 1 in Damariscotta and Good Impressions on Route 1 in Rockland.  Use the Account Number on your ID card, which is given to instructors at the beginning of each term. Account Numbers issued to you for another term are not to be used.  When using either of these centers, give the receipt to your course assistant to put in the envelope provided for return of these receipts to CSC.  As a third choice you may use the copy center at University College at Rockland.  However, UROCK limits us to 100 copies per run.  Whoever is copying there should ask a member of the office staff to show them how the copier works.  Please give the office your account number at UROCK as well.


Coastal Senior College (CSC) will cover the expenses of photocopies and materials up to $ 20 per student.  Please do not exceed this amount.  This includes your option of purchasing books or other supplies and being reimbursed by CSC for your expenses.  Please check with Althea Simeone at URock (1-800-286-1594) for procedure and Byron Stuhlman for authorization before purchasing anything other than copying, in order to guarantee reimbursement.  (The University System can be quite particular about finances!).  Remember, there is no reimbursement for sales tax.  To repeat –– you may make copies at the three places listed above.  To calculate copying cost, the normal charge is usually 6-10 cents each (under 50=10¢, 50-100=8¢, 100+=6¢).  You may wish to limit expenses by emailing to your students materials that you will use.  If you do, you will need to provide hard copy for those who cannot access material in this way.  Please give all copying receipts to your classroom assistant to send to Beth Vetter.

What is the Wait List?

Once the maximum number of registrations has been reached for a class, UROCK creates a Wait List of those interested in taking the class.   If your course is full, please refer anyone arriving to take the class or to audit a session to Dawn Marie Rinehart at UROCK.   Dawn Marie maintains the wait lists and she is the only person who may move someone from the Wait List and adjust the class enrollment list.   The maximum number of students is determined by the instructor’s request and the site’s stated room capacity.

How do I deal with Walk In Students?

If a new student attends your class prior to registering at University College at Rockland you may allow them to stay that day if room capacity allows and there is not a WAIT LIST.  Also note that students may audit a class once before registering, providing that space is available.  If your class has reached its limit, however, do not admit walk-ins.  If room capacity allows, you may raise the limit if you wish.  To do so, tell Dawn at URock how many on the list should be admitted.

How do I get a projector or other technology?

If you specified particular items or needs in your course proposal, Paul Somoza (kaypaul@yahoo.com) should have already contacted you about your A/V needs.  He strongly encourages you to use your own A/V equipment or borrow from people who can show you how to use the equipment.  Otherwise we have tried to place you at one of our equipment sites that has the equipment you need. If your class is at URock, Dawn Marie Rinehart will orient you to the equipment there. Please do not wait until the first day of class to acquaint yourself with the equipment.  Make an appointment prior to that first class to become well-versed in the technology!

If you did not anticipate your need ahead of time, contact Paul Somoza and he will try to help but be aware that we are all volunteers and my not be able to respond to your immediate needs.