Archive for April, 2008

Resource: Mathematics Illuminated

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Resource: Mathematics Illuminated

This looks interesting – must check what costs are and how much is open access

Friday Math Movie – Uncounted – squareCircleZ

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Given that the theme for Math Awareness Month this April is Math and Voting, this week’s choice by Murray Bourne seems particularly appropriate:

Friday Math Movie – Uncounted – squareCircleZ

Illegal Class Notes or Stolen Course Materials?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Illegal Class Notes ~ Stephens Web ~ by Stephen Downes
This refers to a lawsuit in Florida against a company that is selling copies of course notes gathered by previous students. Apparently the professor involved has a package of materials that are sold to students by a publisher and the publisher claims that the “notes” being sold duplicate these copyrighted materials.  Steven Downes, and a number of bloggers he refers to, find this lawsuit objectionable and consider the professor to either be privatizing “ideas” or to have been in some way tricked y the publisher. But in fact it appears that the professor is not averse to the lawsuit so I don’t see how he can be described as having been snookered by the publisher; also, the copyright is being applied not to the ideas but rather to the specific presentation, and to the extent that his material is original that is surely his right. If students copy and freely share their own notes rather than an exact transcription of the instructor’s material then I have no problem with that, but if the note company is selling Moulton’s work for their own profit then I hope they get stopped.

(This does not mean that I have no reservations about a professor requiring students to purchase a text of his own authorship unless the text selection has been made at arm’s length by some independent third party – but that is, I believe, a separate issue.)

Green Globs & Graphing Equations Home Page

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Green Globs & Graphing Equations Home Page