ERIC Number: ED444601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Who Owns Online Courses and Course Materials? Intellectual Property Policies for a New Learning Environment. Pew Symposia in Learning and Technology (2nd, Miami, Florida, February 17-18, 2000).
Twigg, Carol A.
The second of the Pew Symposia in Learning and Technology, whose purpose is to conduct an ongoing national conversation about issues related to the intersection of learning and technology, focused on policy issues related to the development and ownership of online courses and course materials. This paper builds on the work of participants, and captures the discussion and general conclusions. First presented as adaptations are each of the four cases examined at the Symposium to raise awareness of the issues and to stimulate discussion. The Arthur Miller case and the Unext.com case represent two sides of the same issue: the transfer of intellectual property from individual faculty members to organizations other than the home institution. The CaseNET case and the Math Emporium case represent two approaches to the commercialization of technology-mediated materials and methodologies. Following these cases, the paper discusses the context of online courses and course materials, and examines the two scenarios that are contributing to the state of anxiety in higher education. Discussion then moves to the law and why there is a lack of clarity when it comes to ownership of course materials. The paper concludes by exploring what kind of policy is needed. (AEF)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Faculty, Computer Uses in Education, Copyrights, Courseware, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Information Policy, Instructional Design, Instructional Materials, Intellectual Property, Internet, Online Courses, Online Systems, Ownership, Public Policy
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY. Center for Academic Transformation.
Note: For full text: http://www.center.rpi.edu/PewSym/mono2.html.