When MOOC Profs Move

Carl Straumsheim, Ignatia Webs, Mar 18, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm going to teach a lesson in this post. But first, let me set it up. In this article, the question of the ownership of MOOC materials is raised. Who owns the materials when faculty move to a new institution? MIT of course says "we've found the answer." Meanwhile, Cathy Davidson, who is moving from Duke to CUNY, declares this: "I own my own course content. No one at Duke (or anywhere) can teach with my videos without my permission. I can reuse my videos and course materials at CUNY, but need to acknowledge that they were produced at Duke." Now for the lesson. I am using this video to teach it. The video is, of course, a Cathy Davidson video. And I ask people teaching putative MOOCs to reconsider once again the meaning of the word 'open'.

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