Course Activity and Digital Badge

Each registered participant will develop one activity that employs various concepts and strategies introduced in the course. Participants will be asked to complete assignments between the course segments that support the learning objectives and will receive feedback and constructive critique from the facilitators on how to improve and shape their work. Participants who successfully complete the entire activity will receive an EDUCAUSE digital badge recognizing their accomplishment.

Schedule and Activities

Session 1: From Copyright to Fair Use

May 7, 2019, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

In this session, we will briefly examine the history of copyright as a concept, define it as it applies to today's online-enabled higher education courses, and apply a four-part fair-use rubric to make the strongest possible case for including copied content in online environments.

Session Activity

  • You will identify a unit or module of an existing or planned course into which you would ordinarily copy outside content and apply the four-part PANE test to determine the strength of your fair-use-copying argument.

Session 2: Licenses and Permission Trump the Law

May 15, 2019, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

We will go beyond the restrictions of copyright law and learn how license terms and specific permission from rights holders can allow us to make copies for uses that go beyond what the law allows. We will examine several recent copyright cases to observe these principles in action.

Session Activity

  • You will expand your list of unit or module resources, given what kinds of materials are available under license terms or permission, and mock up a resources page for the unit or module, using good practices for scholarly attribution.

Session 3: Way, Way Beyond the Law

May 22, 2019, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

We will practice two methods for giving access to external materials without having to invoke copyright, licenses, or permission at all. We will also examine three types of intellectual-property agreements that campuses typically adopt when considering who owns materials created by instructors and course developers.

Session Activity

  • You'll examine your institutional intellectual-property policies or those of a campus similar in type, size, and mission and suggest modifications to allow your institution to best meet its course-development and data-network goals.