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Curriculum, intellectual property rights and open educational resources in British universities — and beyond

Hawkridge, D., Armellini, A., Nikoi, S., Rowlett, T. and Witthaus, G. (2010) Curriculum, intellectual property rights and open educational resources in British universities — and beyond. Journal of Computing in Higher Education. 22(3), pp. 162-176. 1042-1726.

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Abstract: Is the curriculum in British universities being influenced by decisions about ownership of intellectual property rights (IPR) in ‘open educational resources’ (OERs) that are available online under Creative Commons licenses, free of charge? This paper provides the context for, describes and analyses three significant examples in British higher education where OERs are being created for use by academics and learners on campus or at a distance. OpenLearn and iTunes U, two of the British examples, are drawn from the Open University of the United Kingdom, which teaches over 200,000 undergraduate and graduate students almost entirely at a distance. The third example, OTTER, is at the University of Leicester, a campus university in England with about 7,000 distance learners. Both universities depend on government funding, student fees, research and entrepreneurial income. All three examples are funded indirectly by the British government, though OpenLearn has received substantial US foundation support as well. In presenting these examples, the questions arise of whether the projects are supply- or demand-driven, and of whether they are altruistic or not. Debate over intellectual property rights has influenced creation of the OERs and vice versa, but from these three examples it seems doubtful whether, as yet, OERs and IPR have significantly influenced British universities’ curriculum. The paper ends with discussion of how OERs created in British universities are influencing teaching and learning in other countries, as globalisation advances.
Uncontrolled Keywords: British universities; curriculum; intellectual property rights; open educational resources; Open University; University of Leicester; Beyond Distance Research Alliance
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1028.43 Computers in education. Web-based instruction. Educational technology
Creators: Hawkridge, David, Armellini, Alejandro, Nikoi, Samuel, Rowlett, Tania and Witthaus, Gabi
Publisher: Springer
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Education, Training and Skills
ICT
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities
Date: December 2010
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 162-176
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Computing in Higher Education
Volume: 22
Number: 3
Language: English
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12528-010-9036-1
ISSN: 1042-1726
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/5108

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