Copyright, Distance Education, & Intellectual Property

The world of higher learning is in the midst of change, often driven by technologies that are profoundly affecting the work of faculty members: they are reshaping the processes of teaching and learning, redefining the roles and authority of faculty members in organizing and overseeing the curriculum, and altering the bases for evaluating student (and faculty) performance.

The implications of these developments extend far beyond teaching and learning activities, for the new technologies are penetrating many, if not all, major facets of higher education, deeply influencing its organization, governance, and finances.

To address these issues, the American Association of University Professors has drafted two policy statements, the Statement on Copyright (1999) and the Statement on Distance Education (1999). In 2013 the AAUP released an "IP Education and Action Toolkit" that includes many resources to help faculty protect their intellectual property.

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