December 14, 2010

"For centuries, there has never been much need to figure out if one party owned a course as a commodity that could be sold elsewhere"

Pew Symposia in Learning and Technology "Intellectual Property Policies for a New Learning Environment" by Carol A. Twigg via NCAT

'At the symposium, participants discussed four cases, each chosen to raise awareness of the issues and to stimulate discussion. The cases are included here to provoke the reader's thinking as well. The Arthur Miller case and the UNext.com case represent two sides of the same issue: the transfer of intellectual property from individual faculty members to organizations other than the home institution. In the former, the faculty member is the decision-maker and meets resistance from his university. In the latter, the university is the decision-maker and meets resistance from the faculty. The CaseNET case and the Math Emporium case represent two approaches to the commercialization of technology-mediated materials and methodologies. In the first, entrepreneurial faculty members take the initiative without institutional sanction. In the second, the institution has the potential to expand an innovative approach to teaching and learning beyond its own boundaries, but the question remains: how should this be done?'

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