In all the recent hubbub over MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses–just in case), a debate that covers prospectives ranging from “they will save higher ed.” to “they will be the end of higher ed.,” we’ve heard relatively little about how they are upsetting the traditional relationship between faculty and the intellectual property in the courses they design and teach. However, faculty are beginning to wake up to the issue. For instance, just last week former president of the AAUP and University of Illinois English professor Cary Nelson devoted his keynote address at the national AAUP meeting to this very subject. He thinks it’s a major issue, among the most important of all in relation to MOOCS and other forms of online teaching, and I’m certainly inclined to agree. You can find coverage of his talk, as well of the plans by the national AAUP to better address faculty intellectual property rights in their courses, in this (freely available) article from the Chronicle of Higher Ed: http://chronicle.com/article/AAUP-Sees-MOOCs-as-Spawning/139743/.