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Copyright and E-learning: A guide for practitioners



Jane Secker and Chris Morrison have completely revised and updated this highly successful text to take into account recent developments in the field and changes to the law in the UK and elsewhere in the world. Through its practically based overview of current and emerging copyright issues facing those working in e-learning, this book will help equip professionals with the tools, skills and understanding they need to work confidently and effectively in the virtual learning environment with the knowledge that they are doing so legally.
New and developing services, software and other technologies are being adapted for online learning environments to engage students and academic staff. These technologies present increasing challenges to IPR and legal issues and this book will help librarians and educators to meet them.
Key topics addressed include:

  • digitizing published content for delivery in the VLE
  • using digital media in e-learning
  • copyright issues and 'born' digital resources
  • the copyright issues associated with using social media
  • copyright training for staff
  • who owns the rights in works that are the product of collaboration?
  • what do you do if you can't find the rights holders?

This book is essential reading for anyone working in education including learning support staff and teachers using e-learning, learning technologists, librarians, educational developers, instructional designers, IT staff and trainers. It is also relevant for anyone working in the education sector from school level to higher education, and those developing learning resources in commercial organizations and the public sector including libraries, museums and archives, and government departments.

1. E-learning and copyright: background

  • Recognizing the copyright dilemma
  • The development of e-learning
  • A brief introduction to UK copyright law
  • Ireland
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • The USA
  • Copyright and scholarly communication
  • Creative Commons
  • The Open Movement

2. Digitizing text-based content for delivery in a VLE

  • Using published materials in e-learning
  • Scanning published content in the UK
  • Scanning in the UK: results of a survey
  • Using published content outside the UK
  • The USA
  • Using unpublished content

3. Using digital media: video, images, sound and software

  • Why use sound, images and video in teaching?
  • Copyright and non-text-based works: an introduction
  • Using images in education
  • Digital images collections
  • Digitization of analogue recordings
  • Identifying rights holders and getting permission
  • Copying broadcasts: the ERA Licence
  • Box of Broadcasts
  • Catch-up TV services and television on demand
  • BBC iPlayer
  • Creating audio and video content in-house: copyright issues
  • Sound recordings
  • Lecture capture and intellectual property rightsissues
  • Screen recording
  • iTunes U
  • Managing digital media content
  • Software
  • Finding digital media content for use in e-learning
  • Example sources for still images
  • Example sources for moving images
  • Example sources for audio

4. Copyright issues and born digital resources

  • How is born digital content different?
  • Digital rights management
  • Using content from websites
  • Content from publishers
  • E-books
  • Databases and other subscription resources
  • Lecturers' own digital content: teaching materials
  • Student-created content
  • Conclusions and general advice

5. Copyright in the connected digital environment

  • What are social media and the Cloud?
  • New technologies for learning
  • Wikis
  • Media-sharing sites
  • Peer to peer file sharing
  • Social networking services
  • Social bookmarking and curation tools
  • Massive open online courses
  • Emerging trends

6. Copyright education and training

  • The copyright educator, trainer or teacher
  • Developing a copyright literacy programme
  • Your audience
  • Face-to-face training sessions
  • Topics to include
  • Practical considerations
  • Using the web
  • Booklets, guides and leaflets
  • Dealing with queries
  • Sources of further advice and support

7. Conclusion

Jane Secker (B.A., Ph.D., PGCertHE, FHEA) is Copyright and Digital and Literacy Advisor at LSE, where she has responsibility for the digital literacy programme for staff and PhD students. She also advises staff about copyright issues particularly related to their use of digital resources and e-learning. She has published widely and led several externally funded projects, most recently being project manager for the DELILA (Developing Educators Learning and Information Literacies for Accreditation) funded by JISC and the Higher Education Academy to release digital and information literacy materials and open educational resources. She is the editor of Rethinking Information Literacy: A practical framework for supporting learning. Chris Morrison (B.A. Hons., MAUA, PGDip) is the Copyright and Licensing Compliance Officer at the University of Kent, responsible for copyright policy, licences, training and advice. He was previously the Copyright Assurance Manager at the British Library and before that worked for music collecting society PRS for Music. He is a member of the Universities UK / Guild HE Copyright Working Group on whose behalf he also attends the Education Licensing Working Group (ELWG). He is currently collaborating with Jane Secker on a number of copyright literacy projects and is the creator of Copyright the Card Game.

...this collected volume contains an excellent overview of copyright in relation to electronic content and will appeal primarily to librarians with responsibility for this type of content and for those responsible for managing e-learning.

Journal of Information Literacy (Grŵp Llandrillo Menai)

Jane & Chris have done a great job in pulling together a lot of information covering a range of practical issues, and managed to pitch it at both those with some knowledge, and those without, and position it within a valuable dialogue of competing views on how content should be respected and be useful.

The IP Kat

I found myself nodding in agreement so often while reading this book that people watching me must have thought I was reading a gripping novel. The advice is always sensible, authoritative and clearly articulated. The lists of resources to consider using, scattered throughout the book, are always helpful and authoritative. The overall style is positive. The remarks about risk management are excellent.

European Intellectual Property Review

Facet Publishing produces many of the authoritative texts on copyright and this book slots neatly amongst its counterparts, providing a useful overview of the most pertinent copyright issues in education.

LSE Review of Books

Copyright is an area of growing concern to educational institutions which provide online access to materials. The complexity of the area has sometimes discouraged educators from engaging with it, but the practical suggestions and relevant case studies included in this title, as well as the provision of further readings makes this an excellent reference guide, and one which educators will find interesting as well as easy to understand.

Australian Academic & Research Libraries

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