[Irtalk] Professors Say Massive Open Online Courses Threaten Academic Freedom - Slashdot

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Jun 14 18:20:51 SAST 2013

"The Chronicle of Higher Education has the news that American Association
of University Professors (AAUP) believes that faculty members' copyrights
and academic freedom are being threatened by colleges claiming ownership of
the massive open online courses their instructors have developed. The AAUP
plans this year to undertake a campaign to urge professors to get
protections of their intellectual-property rights included in their
contracts and faculty handbooks. According to former AAUP President Cory
Nelson, 'If we lose the battle over intellectual property, it's over. 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.' [Just like their graduate students?]"
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