Intellectual Property in Higher Education
MOOCs present new legal challenges for Higher Ed.
Most universities are already facing pushback regarding rising costs, accreditation, perceived quality. With advances in open collaboration they are potentially facing a new sort of challenge – who owns the intellectual property of a course once a teacher leaves their university. Is it the teacher/faculty member who wrote authored the work, the school that employed them or in the case of a MOOC (the Massive Open Online Course) distributor, such as Coursera that might have distributed a course to a public domain, outside the university’s doors? All of these issues new clarity from the onset to pre-determine who is entitled to what and for what duration, reach, and audience.