* Who Holds the Rights?

Faculty must defend their rights to their intellectual property, which are increasingly under threat, according to a draft report released Thursday by the American Association of University Professors…

* Online Education in the media, July and August 2013

U. of Texas president wants faculty input on future of  online education | Inside Higher Ed University of Texas at Austin is President Bill Powers’s has prepared a white paper on the future of “technology enhanced” education in order to initiate dialog on how the University will continue to develop –  and remain a leader in – online and “blended learning.” Asking for faculty involvement means ceding some control but  “Nevertheless, faculty need to decide how available material should be used and incorporated into the curriculum, Powers said — and should be encouraged to develop new content.” Read full article [HERE], by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed.   Dead or Dormant? We believe the best outcomes for online education occur when faculty […]

* SCFA’s ongoing discussion concerning UCSC’s contract with Coursera

Since the SCFA became aware that the University signed a contract with Coursera without including them in the discussion, we have had several meetings and exchanges with Labor Relations and EVC Allison Galloway. The Online Education Committee of the SCFA will meet on July 19, 2013 to discuss how they plan to respond to the University, and how to address the issue of Online Education. We have provided the following links to keep you informed. February 22, 2013 – SCFA learns that the contract has been signed. A letter was sent to the membership  asking members to join the conversation. The SCFA immediately made a Request for Information to the University to obtain a status report and scope of any negotiations currently underway between […]

* Online Education in the Media, April and May 2013

Members of the SCFA have been tracking campus conversations about Coursera and other commercial online course providers.  The most recent articles appear at the bottom of the list. Thank you to Sean Keilen (Literature) for providing us with these updates which have appeared recently in the media. Duke U.’s Undergraduate Faculty Derails Plan for Online Courses for Credit “The faculty of Duke University’s undergraduate college drew a line in the sand last week on online education: Massive online experiments are fine, but there will be no credit-bearing online courses at Duke in the near future.The university’s Arts & Sciences Council, the governing arm of the undergraduate faculty, voted down a proposal to join a consortium of top colleges offering for-credit online courses through […]

* California: Do MOOCs Deserve Credit?

“It’s the wrong solution to the wrong problem,” said Robert Meister, chair of the Council of UC Faculty Associations and professor at UC Santa Cruz, in a phone interview. He argued that the problem is inadequate funding and the solution is to increase it. “The legislature and the governor have been cutting higher education on a per-student basis for ten years,” he said. “The universities and colleges have been reducing the number of admissions, especially at the community college level, and also reducing the number of seats in required courses. Those problems wouldn’t exist if the university, and particularly the community colleges, were adequately funded.” Meister said he believes the state of California could easily restore funding for all three […]