Why Udacity and EdX Want to Trademark the Degrees of the Future—and What’s at Stake for Students

Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge, Nov 04, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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So this is not good. "No one owns the term “master’s degree.” But upstart education providers dream of getting a lock on the words for the next generation of online graduate certifications... Udacity won a trademark for Nanodegree last year. And in April, the nonprofit edX... applied for a trademark on the word MicroMasters. And MicroDegree? Yep, that’s trademarked too, by yet another company." It's clear that these new players in the world of e-learning demonstrating the same corporate bad behaviour as their predecessors in the LMS industry.

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