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Copyright for Educators course open for enrollment

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Readers of this blog will recall how I asked for comments and then recounted progress on the pilot for the course on p2pu which ran last year.

The next cycle of course is now open for enrollment. The course will be led by Delia Browne, a copyright expert with enviable practical expertise in copyright and education. Delia will have a unmatched team of experts from different jurisdictions.

Go to p2pu to enroll now.

Or read more about the course:

“What is ‘Copyright for Educators’?
It is a six week course for educators who want to learn about copyright, open content material and licensing. It is open to all educators around the world.

The course is taught around practical case studies faced by teachers when using copyright material in their day to day teaching and educational instruction.

By answering the case scenarios and drafting and discussing the answers in groups, the participants learn:

*   about what copyright protects
*   whether exceptions or blanket licences apply
*   when they need to seek permission and who from
*   what an open education resource is
*   what a creative common licence is
*   how OER and CC can benefit teaching

Participants will also get to learn about how these issues are dealt with in different countries.

The Course leaders

As stated above, Delia Browne is the course organiser. She will be assisted by:

*   Lila Bailey (Creative Commons Counsel) based in San Francisco at Creative Commons
*   Jessica Coates (CC Australia and Queensland University of Technology) based in Brisbane
*   Tobias Schonwetter Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Intellectual Property Research Unit in South Africa
*   Prodromos Tsiavos – London School of Economics
*   Andrew Rens, Research Associate at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Intellectual Property Research Unit in South Africa .

How is the course taught?

The course is not taught, it is facilitated by the course leaders. The course is student participation focused.Students are divided into small groups to work through each week’s case scenario and the weekly readings.

The groups organise their online communications/discussions (via email, Google docs, Skype, tokbox etc) and jointly submit an answer to the weekly case scenario (week 1- 5) and final assignment (Week 6) on the course blog.

The<> website platform allows students to communicate asynchronously via wikis (group communication and discussion) and a course blog (group answers submitted).

Synchronous tools are not supported by the site but there are recommendations of some real time communication tools each group may elect to use to hold a class meeting or discussion.

In addition, each group also provides an assessment of the other groups’ answers to the weekly case studies.

The leaders basically review and mark the student group work (pass/fail) that has been posted to the blog and provide comments where they have gone wrong.  As stated above, the leaders act as facilitators rather than traditional teachers.

In the final assignment, groups may elect to create helpful OER tools on copyright or draft a letter to their government on a copyright law reform issue or create an OER plan.”

p2pu 2nd cycle of courses

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

I’ve blogged about p2pu before, the online volunteer driven learning community that serves as a social wrapper for open educational resources.

The second cycle of courses begins shortly. I have posted a shortened version of p2pu’s official release below:

Peer 2 Peer University announced its second round of free and open online courses today, opening sign-ups for 14 courses dealing in subject areas ranging from Physics to Transformational Art. Some of the courses were offered in the first phase of the pilot which launched last September, but seven are brand new, including “Urban Disaster Risk Management,” “Mashing Up the Open Web,” and “Solve Anything! Building Ideas through Design.” P2PU is also excited to announce its first Portuguese language courses organized by Brasil’s Casa de Cultura Digital, one of which is an introduction to the thinking of Paulo Freire (educational theorist who is author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed). The P2PU community has grown and is excited to have these new courses and their organizers on board.

Sign-ups for all courses are available at Deadlines for sign-ups are 28, Feb 2010. The second pilot phase will run for six weeks from 12 March to 23 April. Each course application may require additional information.