Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Time: 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific
When we create, copy, or otherwise use instructional materials, copyright law is somehow present, whether or not it is visible. With copyright law, the things that a person creates are copyrighted by default at the time of creation. Others who want to copy, adapt, or build on that work need permission of the copyright owner for each use. That is true even for content that is publicly available on the Internet. For those who want to encourage others to use and build on their work, open licenses are one method to increase the impact and reach of your work by letting others know, in simple language, how they can use it, all while retaining your copyright. There are two practical reasons for using open licenses. First, open licenses signal your intent that you encourage others to use and share your creations under some minimal conditions. Second, open licenses enable others to make marginal improvements or enhancements.
After the presentation, participants will be able to:
- Understand how copyright affects them as producers and consumers of educational content
- Understand how copyright implications differ in the classroom setting versus public settings, such as public websites
- Define the motivations for and different types of intellectual property: copyright, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets.
- Define the three qualities of open content such as Open Educational Resources (OER)
- Explain the basics of the Creative Commons licensing scheme
- Identify, classify, and label third-party content contained within educational materials
About the presenter: Ms. Kathleen Ludewig Omollo is the International Program Manager for the Office of Enabling Technologies within University of Michigan Medical School Information Services. She has been part of the Open.Michigan initiative at University of Michigan since 2008. Kathleen was a member of the dScribe pilot program at the School of Information – a distributed model for creating open educational resources (OER). Through that experience, Kathleen developed great fascination with copyright as well as an interest in the worldwide use, adaptation, and impact of OER in across different contexts and cultures. In her subsequent roles, Kathleen has explored policy, design, and technological processes to locate, create, distribute, adapt, integrate, and assess OER. She has conducted dozens of workshops and has advised joint open education activities between University of Michigan and partner universities in Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Liberia.
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