On Line Courses: Universities and Servers: A Fragile Consortium


  • Jerry Plummer
  • Roger W Clark
  • Vicky Langston
  • Tommy Meadows


Higher education administrators are feeling a great deal of pressure to offer Internet courses. Accordingly, faculty are being pushed to generate, build and maintain these Internet offerings, usually without sufficient experience or resources (Computer User, August, 2000).  Individual faculty “assigned” to develop these courses typically face major decisions to develop a self-sufficient on-line course, or work with publishers rapidly linking textbooks with both CD resources and online resources. However controversial this choice process may seem to the individual faculty member and administrators trying to organize online offerings, a major issue looms: who actually owns the content of the courses published (Chronicle of Higher Education, July 21, 2001).


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