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The Second International Conference on the Future of the Book

eLearning Course Knowledge: The Impact of eLearning Environments Upon Questions of Authorship and Ownership

Dr. Caroline M. Crawford.

Electronic learning environments offer information designed and developed by experts within the field, yet what types of rewards systems are in place to support the time and effort the eLearning environment author? Questions related to the authorship, ownership and copyright issues are consistently raised with respect to the impact of eLearning environments upon faculty time and efforts. Is the eLearning course knowledge and instructional design paramount to a book publication, or are they significantly different? Who actually owns the eLearning course knowledge within the course structure? The impact of eLearning environments upon questions of authorship and ownership have come into question since the rise of the online course movement, yet there are no distinct answers to such questions. A theoretical overview of the topic, a review of related literature, and a delineation concerning the issues surrounding authorship and ownership of eLearning course knowledge will be offered, as well as ways to address authorship and ownership through textual publication and copyright are of paramount impact and must be addressed.


Dr. Caroline M. Crawford  (United States)
Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology
Instructional Technology School of Education
University of Houston-Clear Lake

Caroline M. Crawford, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Houston, Texas, USA. At this point in Dr. Crawford's professional career, she holds the title of Review Editor for six international refereed academic journals. Her main areas of interest focus upon the appropriate and successful integration of technologies into the learning environment. Dr. Crawford may be contacted through her e-mail address,

  • eLearning
  • Knowledge
  • Electronic Learning
  • Learning Environments
  • Authorship
  • Ownership
  • Copyright

(Virtual Presentation, English)