Thursday, June 13, 2013
AAUP Sees MOOCs as Spawning New Threats to Professors' Intellectual Property; Chronicle of Higher Education, 6/12/13
Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education; AAUP Sees MOOCs as Spawning New Threats to Professors' Intellectual Property: "Colleges broadly threaten faculty members' copyrights and academic freedom in claiming ownership of the massive open online courses their instructors have developed, Cary Nelson, a former president of the American Association of University Professors, argued here on Wednesday at the group's annual conference. In the meeting's opening address, Mr. Nelson characterized the debate at colleges over who owns the rights to faculty members' MOOCs as part of a broader battle over intellectual property that's being waged on America's campuses. At stake, he said, is not just the ability of faculty members to profit from their own writings or inventions, but the future of their profession. "If we lose the battle over intellectual property, it's over," Mr. Nelson warned. "Being a professor will no longer be a professional career or a professional identity," and faculty members will instead essentially find themselves working in "a service industry," he said."