Online courses and intellectual property

In the January meeting, Alan Cattier, director of academic technology services, described to the Faculty Council new questions about intellectual property ownership taking shape with the quickly developing array of online courses and classroom capture technology. As knowledge and what Cattier termed “micro-lessons,” salient points or material conveyed in class, become increasingly available and distributable through online technologies at Emory and elsewhere, “faculty are shopping content that not only they create but maybe others have created that illustrate a point or an idea better than they’ve ever been able to illustrate in their content,” Cattier said. “There’s a marketplace emerging.” He outlined three major questions: “Who owns the rights to an online course? Who owns the rights to a class recording? Who owns the rights to a learning object? There isn’t a large body of evidence or discussion around these questions yet because we are all on this incredibly quick treadmill of change in the educational environment.” Faculty representatives from the Instructional Subcommittee for IT Governance will be looking at these questions of intellectual property and digital objects and reporting back to the Council.


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