Threat to Teaching Profession: Online Education


Pedagogical Lessons Learned as Students in Mas...

Pedagogical Lessons Learned as Students in Massive Online Open Courses (Photo credit: BCcampus_News)


That’s not really what this Chronicle article is about. It’s about this:
AAUP Sees MOOCs as Spawning New Threats to Professors’ Intellectual Property

‘Colleges broadly threaten faculty members’ copyrights and academic freedom in claiming ownership of the massive open online courses their instructors have developed, Cary Nelson, a former president of the American Association of University Professors, argued here on Wednesday at the group’s annual conference.

‘In the meeting’s opening address, Mr. Nelson characterized the debate at colleges over who owns the rights to faculty members’ MOOCs as part of a broader battle over intellectual property that’s being waged on America’s campuses. At stake, he said, is not just the ability of faculty members to profit from their own writings or inventions, but the future of their profession.

‘”If we lose the battle over intellectual property, it’s over,” Mr. Nelson warned. “Being a professor will no longer be a professional career or a professional identity,” and faculty members will instead essentially find themselves working in “a service industry,” he said…’

Doesn’t AAUP see that online courses can take away the jobs of non-tech-savvy professors too? How can a professor teach online if professor isn’t tech-savvy?
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Social Media Surveillance and Censorship
Social media censorship should remind us of the Gutenberg Press era — when the Catholic Church censored and even burned printed books that triggered revolutions

‘In the marketplace of the future, two things are seemingly inevitable. First, companies will do more business in countries other than their own. Second, they will conduct more of that business across social media. At the end of last December’s World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai, 89 nations signed a new treaty that would grant them more authority over citizens’ Internet usage. Among the signatories were up-and-coming economies such as China, Brazil, Russia, Indonesia and South Africa. And although the pact failed to gain support from the majority of member countries, it reflects broad apprehension about digital and social media.
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