Who should take this course?

Anyone interested in learning about Australian educational copyright, copyright compliance strategies, and open educational resources (OER).

What will I learn?

This course will equip you with the copyright knowledge to confidently use copyright material in the classroom. It will also introduce OER and teach you how to find and adapt free, useful resources for your classes.

What won't I learn?

This course will not cover law outside of Australian copyright law, and it only gives an introduction to OER.

What is the time commitment?

The course runs for seven weeks, as split up to the left and below. Each week has a different task to complete, which is due the following Sunday. Tasks may take anywhere from half an hour to three hours or more, depending on how much effort you and your group wants to put in that week. Like most things in life- the more time you put into it, the more you will get out of it.

Course Breakdown - Term 2 May 2020

  • Week 1 – May 11: Welcome to the course!
  • Week 2 – May 18: Group meet and greet
  • Week 3 – May 25: Copyright basics
  • Week 4 – June 1: Statutory Licences
  • Week 5 – June 8: Copyright Exceptions
  • Week 6 – June 15: OER
  • Week 7 – June 22: Law reform

How is the course delivered?

The Copyright 4 Educators course is not taught, it is facilitated by the course leaders (Delia, Hilly, Arabi and Sara). You will complete the weekly tasks with your group, and we will review your answers and leave feedback.

This is a peer to peer learning experience, so it does require you to interact with your specific group to complete assignments as well as with the other groups taking the course by reviewing their answers to assignments. Students are divided into groups with 4-6 students per group.

Group Assignments

For each task that requires a group answer (weeks 3-7), each group has two responsibilities:

1. collaborating together in whatever manner your group decides and submitting a final, group answer. For more information on collaboration tools and submitting group answers see the "Communicating in this course" page to the left.

2. reviewing two other groups' answers and leaving feedback. See the "Communicating in this course" page to the left for more info on how to do this.

Each week has a list of readings that will assist you in the tasks. It also has a list of keywords indicating the topics the week is intended to cover. Focusing on those topics only when answering the questions will greatly reduce the time you spend on each task.

You are only responsible for answering the task questions. You are more than welcome to answer the 'questions for understanding', but please do not post these to the Google doc. If you'd like some help/feedback on your answers for the discussion questions then just let us know via email and we'd be more than happy to help.

How to get started

In the first week starting 11 May 2020, the first thing you should do is go ahead to Week 1. Week 1 is the only week you will be working on your own. This is also one of the only weeks that you will not need to review the work of your peers (although please do say hello, why you chose to take this course and/or anything else on the course discussion board if you so feel like it!).

After Week 1, we'll put everyone into groups of four. In Week 2, your task will be to contact your group members and introduce yourself. From there you'll work your way through the weeks according to the dates listed above.


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