professornana (professornana) wrote,

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never on Sunday

The resident of the back bedroom had to play at the football playoff game last night in Waco and so did not return to the school until the wee hours of Sunday morning. We all decided to sleep in and then have an early b-day celebration for my better half since his bday always falls when I am at NCTE. Then, it was serious napping. Needless to say, not much else was accomplished.

I did, however, read an interesting piece in the NYT about teachers scoring $$$ for sharing lessons online. There was some question as to whether or not this was kosher. If plans were written using school district resources and materials, it seemed to be the conclusion that the plans belonged to the district and not the teacher. In some ways, we are confronting some of this at the university level. For instance, I have taught two online classes and conducted two webinars for professional organizations with the blessings/permission of my employer. The question remains, though, who owns these materials? Early contracts awarded "custody" to the professional organizations. I refused to sign them as I consider this work my own intellectual property. I do not want to sign away the rights to present these same ideas in workshops and articles.

So, what is the ethical stance here? We are entering some gray areas in the days of online instructional environments.
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