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 facilitator on how to improve and shape their work. Registered participants who successfully complete the entire activity will receive an EDUCAUSE digital badge recognizing their accomplishment.

Schedule and Activities

Session 1: From Copyrights to Fair Use

October 4, 2017, 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:

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

Session 2: Licenses and Permission Trump the Law

October 11, 2017, 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:

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

Session 3: Way, Way Beyond the Law

October 18, 2017, 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:

  • Participants will examine their own institutional intellectual-property policies or those of a campus similar in type, size, and mission.  They will suggest modifications to allow their own institutions to best be able to meet their course-development and data-network goals.