ELI Course | Copyright in Higher Education

Part 1: October 4, 2017 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 2: October 11, 2017 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 3: October 18, 2017 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

This is an introductory course focused on the topic of copyright, specifically as it applies to online academic course designs. This course will not make you an expert in copyright law, but will give you enough background training from which to make informed decisions.

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.

Learning Objectives

During this ELI course, participants will:

  • Determine when copyright does and does not apply in online environments
  • Analyze and apply fair-use criteria in order to make strong cases for the fair use of copied materials in online course environments
  • Apply license and permission models in order to go beyond the limitations of copyright law
  • Provide access to content without invoking copyright, license, or permission restrictions
  • Examine their own institutions' policies regarding ownership of instructor-created content

NOTE: Participants will be asked to complete assignments in between the course segments that support the learning objectives stated above and will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators on how to improve and shape their work.

Course Facilitator

Thomas J. Tobin

Thomas Tobin, Author and Speaker

Thomas J. Tobin spent five years as the Coordinator of Learning Technologies in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and is now a faculty developer and professional consultant in State College, Pennsylvania. He is an internationally-recognized speaker and author on topics related to quality in distance education, especially copyright, evaluation of teaching practice, academic integrity, and accessibility/universal design for learning.

Since the advent of online courses in higher education in the late 1990s, Tom’s work has focused on using technology to extend the reach of higher education beyond its traditional audience. He advocates for the educational rights of people with disabilities and people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

His most recent book is Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices (Wiley, 2015) with Jean Mandernach and Ann H. Taylor. He is currently writing Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Re-Framing Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education, expected from West Virginia University Press in late 2017.

Registration Open

Register by October 13, 2017.

All live content is recorded and may be viewed asynchronously at your convenience. See course agenda for live session dates.

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