BruinCast, which provides video and audio recordings of some
lectures, no longer allows students who are not enrolled in a class to
access the recordings. This fall, BruinCast officials stopped allowing the public to view
UCLA lectures because not all videos can offer closed captioning.
Offering such information to the public without accommodations for
people who have disabilities could violate laws, said Robert Gibson,
interim co-director of the Office of Instructional Development, which
oversees BruinCast’s services. Before fall, professors individually decided whether a public audience could view their recorded lectures. ...Several professors who record lectures through BruinCast believe the changes violate their intellectual property agreements. Matthew Malkan, a professor in the department of astronomy, said the
BruinCast staff did not approach professors about the changes. “BruinCast made it clear the video content is the intellectual
property of the (lecturer),” said Steven Hardinger, a professor in the
chemistry and biochemistry department. “(Then they) unilaterally decided
to control the distribution of my intellectual property, and that’s a
problem.” ...Hardinger added there were 145 students still hoping to enroll in his
Chemistry 14C: “Structure of Organic Molecules” class who could not view
the lectures on BruinCast because of the new policy...