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Copyright Issues in Online Education

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Description

After an introduction to the principles of copyright as they apply to higher education under the laws of the United States, Canada, and international agreements, course participants will become familiar with concepts that relate directly to their specific online course design needs. You will explore instructional methods as well as develop ways to apply them; investigate numerous web resources on module topics; experiment with and create authentic learning activities; and engage in discussions with fellow learners on concepts, ideas, and strategies for effective online instruction and learning.

Important court cases and the major elements of copyright laws will be given major consideration. The course will provide guidance on how to use copied resources from other creators in our online courses, and will also examine how to utilize alternatives to copyright, such as licenses and permission agreements. Finally, intellectual-property agreements will be discussed in terms of ownership of faculty-created course content.

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.

Topics

Topics covered are the following:

  • Copyright Basics
  • Fair use in the virtual classroom
  • Copyright Law and Cases
  • Licenses and Permission
  • When Copyright Doesn’t Apply
  • Who Owns What You Create?

Outline

Module 1 Getting Started with Copyright

Module 2 Copyright Basics

Module 3 Fair Use

Module 4 Copyright Law and Cases

Module 5: Licenses and Permission

Module 6: When Copyright Doesn’t Apply

Module 7: Who Owns What You Create?

Module 8: Demonstrating What You Know

Goals

  • the information, resources, and tools to identify copyright issues for online courses
  • an environment where learners can share ideas and experiences related to online-course design and relevant challenges
  • instruction and guidance for the creation of online course materials that respect copyright laws and ethical practices
  • models for instructing and facilitating online courses; and
  • experience in online education from a student’s perspective.

Objectives

After completing this course, learners will be able to:

  1. list the basic elements of copyright as they apply to education;
  2. define originality, fixed format, copyright term, and other key course concepts;
  3. apply the appropriate heuristic measures for determining the strength of a given fair-use of copied materials;
  4. demonstrate decision-making skills when seeking to use licensed or permission-based resources, including Creative Commons and other license types;
  5. demonstrate new knowledge gained in copyright concepts by taking and passing a quiz;
  6. analyze hypothetical situations spanning a diverse range of copyright-related issues and collaborate with peers in applying conclusions to their own course designs;
  7. research copyright case studies and form opinions through discussion with peers;
  8. analyze and compare their own and others’ institutional intellectual-property policies;
  9. share ideas and collaborate with peers; and
  10. apply practice activities to a course project, with implications for use in an online course design.

Length

The course is 8 weeks in length, assumes you have completed the Moodle online orientation.

Prerequisites

You may take this course without any course prerequisites.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Choose one of the following three for your elective:

  • Administration of Online Programs
  • Copyright
  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction
  • Practicum for Administrators
What They're Saying
Testimonials
"The instructor's suggestions, the weekly reading assignments, especially this week's look into the "how's" and "why's" of online course creation will take me back to the drawing board to tweak some areas of my classes, both traditional and online! "     

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The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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