Crack the Coursepack

Michael Geist, Weblog, Apr 11, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Geist writes, briefly, "A group of McGill students have created a new project- complete with informative comics and an FAQ - that explores alternatives to the traditional coursepack with an emphasis on open access and fair dealing." It's more of a web page than a project, but the comics are worth a look (and worth sharing) and the message is a good one: that professors should just upload or link to learning material rather than forcing students to pay inflated royalties to publishers. It also points to the key underlying weakness of the current system: "Because universities want to avoid being sued at all costs, they prefer dealing with Copibec. The downside: cost is ultimately passed on to the students and the taxpayers."
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