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Who Owns Intellectual Property in the Brave New World of MOOCs?

With the disruptive force and explosive growth of MOOCs, online courses could become more like televised sports and applied research, with a serious emphasis on who owns—and who should profit from—the content. Here are four discussion-opening questions about intellectual property rights today.

The Rights Question

Who owns intellectual property in the brave new world of MOOCs?

Disputes over intellectual property (IP) rights have been around as long as faculty members have been producing ideas. Whether it’s a cure for a disease, a textbook, or even a syllabus, ownership and IP rights are dictated by a policy at every college and university in the United States.

Pay Stub Parking Plan

Managing the demand for employee parking with salary-based parking rates

Clark Kerr, one-time president of the University of California system, once characterized the university as “a series of individual faculty entrepreneurs held together by a common grievance over parking.” It’s a lighthearted definition, but one rooted in truth.

Why You Need a Ped.D

Mention “teacher training” to the typical college professor and his eyebrow will raise like the wing of a raptor. Talons may follow.

College professors are experts in various disciplines—political science, mathematics, the biology of anthropology, the history of technology, and other disciplines from arcane to pedestrian. Teaching ability is universally presumed to accompany expertise in a discipline. Call it pedagogy by osmosis.

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Lehigh University Graduate Who Unsuccessfully Sued Over C-Plus Asks Judge To Reconsider

The Lehigh University graduate who unsuccessfully sued the school to improve a controversial grade asked Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano to reconsider his decision.

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Professors Seek Accessibility To Higher Education

Psychology professor Craig Vasey congregated with colleagues in the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education [CFHE] to discuss the depletion of higher education throughout the country.

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PSU Faculty Pose Suggested Changes To Trustees

Penn State's Board of Trustees should add academic representatives to the school's governing body, a faculty group said Monday in the latest recommendations for governance reforms following the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

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UC Irvine Professor Stops Teaching Online Course In Dispute

The UC Irvine professor stopped teaching a massive online course in microeconomics offered through Coursera over disagreements on how to conduct the free class.

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The Plight of Part-Time Faculty

Part-time faculty play a vital role in university life. Colleges and universities offer part-time faculty little or no job security; limited professional development opportunities; few resources to engage students; late course assignments; and low pay.

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