ERIC Number: EJ818584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
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Reference Count: 17
Is It Ethical for Patents to Be Issued for the Computer Algorithms that Affect Course Management Systems for Distance Learning?
American Journal of Distance Education, v22 n4 p187-194 Oct 2008
This article discusses the impact of patents for computer algorithms in course management systems. Referring to historical documents and court cases, the positive and negative aspects of software patents are presented. The key argument is the accessibility to algorithms comprising a course management software program such as Blackboard. The algorithms claimed in the Blackboard patent are critical to the development of distance learning. The impact of patenting these algorithms in the field of online education is evaluated using three ethical frameworks. As education moves online, it is important that distance learning be allowed to develop freely unencumbered by software patents.
Descriptors: Integrated Learning Systems, Distance Education, Online Courses, Computer Software, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Information Technology, Programming, Intellectual Property, Ethics, Court Litigation, Mathematics
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