High Education And Intellectual Property

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Higher education and intellectual property go hand in hand but not always easily. With the development of sophisticated online learning systems, copyright has become a larger and more complicated issue. Faculty members struggle to keep up with the demands of providing scholarly materials to their students while at the same time respecting the rights of the author. This article focuses on the faculty-created resources caught up in this intellectual storm, and attempts to clarify the issues by first introducing us to copyright law in a face to face classroom and an online one. It examines a survey taken by faculty members about ownership. It introduces the complications of providing materials for a MOOC. And finally, looks at policies…show more content…
This leaves teachers at risk of losing work they have labored over in their own time with their own materials. This becomes especially tricky when dealing with online courses. Senior faculty members are now being asked to create a “package” that will be used as an outline for many sections of the same class. In other cases, many faculty members will contribute to the package over time, thus diluting the authorship. This leaves the question of ownership woefully under-defined. Faculty Survey. The authors of this paper wanted to know what faculty members thought of the convoluted idea of intellectual ownership of their works. Of the 96 respondents, the authors were surprised that only 80% believed that they owned all of the academic materials they offered in a classroom. Of the 20% who said “no” to this question, they followed up with clarification questions. Faculty were asked who the owner of copyright were in three situations: face to face classes, online classes, and peer-reviewed journals. Face to face classes were split evenly between faculty and co-ownership with the institution. For online classes over half the faculty surveyed believed that the materials they developed should be co-owned with the institution. Finally, for peer-reviewed journals four-fifths of respondents believed in faculty ownership. MOOCS. MOOCs are a tricky subject, thanks to the complicated views faculty hold about the ownership of
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