I started a thread a few months ago about course development: http://www.degreeinfo.com/online-dl-teaching/41660-free-texts-review-course-development.html. In there, the possibility of using a collection of articles rather than a text was brought up. I am currently developing a course and feel as though this may be the best option. I've reviewed the major texts that seem to be used by other programs and find each of them lacking in some key areas. I'd like to either abandon the idea of a primary text entirely or use one of those text but also require students to review specific articles (to fill in what I believe are some key gaps). I've certainly taken courses where articles are "handed-out" either literally or electronically. Does permission need to be secured to do this? If so, how do I go about doing that? As silly as this sounds, I don't want to ask the school I'm writing the course for... I don't want to sound stupid and this seems like a stupid question to me. I don't care if you all think I'm stupid. So what's the protocol here?