Week 11: Class Resources and Intellectual Property

I minored in fine arts in college; in a advance art class we had to pick a master artist to study his works and techniques; Da’ Vinci would walk though the city and sketch faces of people to used in his works, this was a common practices for artistes of  Da’ Vinci’s time, today he would possibly be sued.

I like Larry Lessig’s presentation, because plagiarism is and should be a concern in education, but creativity and authenticity in education, discussions, debates and the arts should not be obstructed when it’s not about commerce.

The laws are there to protect commerce, outside of the law there is no pure originality, we all still ideals bits and part from somewhere are someone, and I believe ideals are collective, from my point of view anyway. Just like technology, creativity is a collective of new perceptivities of something that was already there (“Repurposing”).

Did humanity invent the wheel or did someone see a flat round rock rolling down a hill; I believe education must be free to use all available information and content to inspire our student to be innovatively authentically repurposing.

Ko and Rossen Chapter 8: Copyright, Intellectual Property, and Open Educational Resources.

I found chapter 8 an important and very good resource for copyright concerns not just for online but if you’re teaching in any arena or publishing and using your own material online.

Three related issues of significance to online instructors:

Copyright and fair use: Do instructors have the right to use other peoples’ materials in teaching a course.   No matter what country you’re in, using material found on the internet; understanding what material can be used, under what circumstances you can use it, and when you’re breaking the law.  Educators adhering to Fair Use Guidelines will likely avoiding the risk of liability to a suit.

Intel lecture property: What happens to intellectual materials that you create once posted online.   Institutions may consider what the instructor created as work-made-for hire; meaning, work that was done in the context of fulfilling job responsibilities maybe own by the institution. Copyright your material before making it available to your institution.

Open education resources (OER):  Generally free materials that are available under terms of use that encourage sharing, reproduction, and in some cases, even repurposing.

Open education resources websites:                                                    http://www.gcflearnfree.org/                                                                         http://www.udacity.com/

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One Response to Week 11: Class Resources and Intellectual Property

  1. Laura says:

    We were just talking about open education resources (OER) in our First Friday Face-to-Face workshop this past week. There are a lot of places where resources can be found! I, personally, enjoy looking around for quality materials that I could use in my classes. There are some great things out there.

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