I will be teaching a new course for the first time. Fortunately, I found a massive open online course (MOOC) on edX which is similar to the course that I want to teach. However, the difficulty of the MOOC is significantly higher than the level of the students at my institution. Consequently, I will be teaching 4 basic topics which I will develop own my own, in addition to 4 topics which I will adapt from the MOOC.
For the 4 topics which are covered both in the MOOC and my course, I am thinking of using some of the same or similar material (e.g., ideas + slides + assignments) from the MOOC. There are two advantage's of this approach: It will lessen my workload, but also reduce the chance that something will go wrong.
Are there any (copyright / ethical / other) issues with this?
Edited in response to comments
[Karl] claims that "There's surely nothing wrong with borrowing some problems like you say in your original question, but just using a complete existing course is very low. How big do you think the chances are you will have time next year to put more work into it?"
I have edited my question to make it more clear that I am adapting the existing MOOC rather than copying wholesale. However, is there a problem with using very similar material for the topics which are covered in both the MOOC and my course?
Brian Borchers mentioned one potential problem which is "that students can find solutions to the problems in the MOOC and submit them in response to your assignments. Mixing up the sources of your questions is one way to stop this kind of cheating."
To complete the assignments, I will ask the students to submit both the code as well as the answers. I could also change some of the problem parameters so the answers are not found directly in the MOOC.