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Copyright Issues in Online Education


Description | Target Audience | Topics | Outline | Goals | Objectives | Length
Prerequisites | Requirements | Delivery | Workload | Credit Options | Fees

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Description

This course explores copyright law, TEACH Act, fair use guidelines, and intellectual property guidelines as they relate to the Internet in academic contexts.

The main emphasis of this course will be on US copyright law and education. Important court cases and the copyright code will be major considerations. Particular interest will be paid to fair use in the virtual classroom and the TEACH Act. Finally, intellectual property agreements will be discussed as far as ownership of online content.

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Audience

The course is primarily for instructors and administrators interested in the issues surrounding copyright in online education. This is not a comprehensive course on copyright law, but rather deals specifically with the issues that are of most importance to education.

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Topics

Topics covered are the following:

  • US copyright law and education
  • The TEACH Act
  • Fair use in the virtual classroom
  • Intellectual Property Agreements with your institution/department
  • Who owns what? Take it or leave it.

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Outline

Module 1 Copyright Basics

Module 2 Fair Use and Copyright Exemptions

Module 3 Copyright Case Law with Relevance to Online Education

Module 4 Intellectual Property Agreements

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Goals

The goal of this course is to familiarize educators with the underlying principles of copyright law as it is applied to the field of education.

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Objectives

After completing this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand the basics of copyright law as it applies to online education,
  2. Carry out the important steps in determining fair use, and
  3. Critique the strengths and weaknesses of existing fair use or intellectual property regulations of their system
    as determined by successful completion of various assessment instruments within the course. Each section of the course also has specific objectives associated with it.

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Length

The course is 8 weeks in length and requires an online orientation.

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Prerequisites

You may take this course without any course prerequisites.

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Requirements

  • Complete the online course orientation prior to the start of the course.
  • Read the instructor's lesson introductions and assigned readings from the Web.
  • Engage in positive and meaningful dialog with classmates concerning the course subject matter.
  • Answer discussion questions and present reasoning behind answers to hypothetical questions given in class.
  • Brief certain cases involving intellectual property law.
  • Write a summary / reflective discourse of the key items covered each week and how they apply to you.
  • Analyze Intellectual Property Agreements between several different institutions.
  • Log onto the course 3 times per week.
  • Complete all required postings.
  • Successfully complete an online copyright quiz.

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Delivery

The course has a modular structure consisting of somewhat separate units. Each unit is individually assessed, but successive units build on previous information. The course pedagogy is based on collaborative learning and group participation. Content is in the form of active asynchronous and synchronous chat participation, direct email, postings of materials, Web resources, and instructor notes. Content in the form of student participation in discussion forums and comments on the ideas and work of others will also be present. Discussions are prompted through the use of hypothetical situational models. Links to outside sources are also required through which students will acquire more in depth information on some topics.

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Workload

This is an intensive course requiring about 8-10 hours a week. The time commitment will vary depending the individual's input, needs, and personal study habits. Participants are required to log on to the course a minimum of 3 times a week.

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Credit Options

Taking a course for CEUs:
Registration for this course is open to the general public, but there is a registration fee for participants who are not faculty members of the University of Illinois. The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. SA1021).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
All of our courses except the Advanced Online Seminars may be taken for graduate courses through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this ION site.

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Fees

Taking a course for CEUs:
Registration for this course is open to the general public, but there is a registration fee for participants who are not employees of the University of Illinois. The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. SA1051).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
Most MVCR courses [not the Advanced Online Seminars] may be taken for graduate credit through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition and fees associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this site.

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