First an aside: I bought Eats, Shoots and Leaves, and I recommend it.
Well worth the 30% discount at Borders, too.
My question. I have been approached by two institutions about teaching
online courses, one is for an introductory art history (the standard of
universities--prehistoric to Renaissance with a side step into "others"
such as Pacific or Chinese, or whatever). No problem with content.
I don't know how to negotiate rates for an online university level
course. We will assume for the present that I create the lesson plans
and do the actual writing of the course and will grade the responses of
material and I don't know yet if I can use a template for that part of
the course structure or if I get to write my own. My biggest concern is
that if I write the course (including the course material, questions,
references, etc.) what will happen to it when the first course is
complete? Do the institutions own it? Can they hire another instructor
to take over subsequent offerings of that course and, in essence, drop
me without further compensation? For the moment I am going to assume
that I can negotiate for copyright but I really don't know how to
negotiate all this. I have no difficulty with "live" courses, and have
plenty of experience with publishing "hard stuff," but this is new to
my experience. Some tentative comments and guidance will be most
appreciated. I will talk with one institution this week; the other
later. Thank you in advance. Joan