Copyright Challenges in a MOOC Environment

Unattributed, , Oct 03, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is an analysis of copyright issues in MOOCs written from the university perspective. It is focused entirely on the use of one of the new MOOC platforms - it doesn't name them, but it's clear the article means Coursera, Udacity, EdX, and the like. Concerns raised include the provider's assertion of perpetual rights to use university content, the impact on fair use provisions, the case of student copyright, and the university's position should professors - who typically own the content they create - leave the instition (coyly called "acadedmic swirl"). I would add than most of these are not issues in a cMOOC, which employs content in situ from different sites, which encourgaes professors and students to use their own space to contribute to courses, and which are not based on a central body of curricular content.

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