How Can I Design Copyright-Compliant Courses?
Spare yourself a lot of problems and potential litigation by keeping your course design and use of materials within the limits of the law. This presentation will give you an overview of fair use and copyright law and will show you best practices to keep you on the right side of the law.
A Preventive Approach to Copyright Problems
You’ve probably heard this bit of common wisdom—“It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.”
The problem is that it’s just not true when it comes to college and university courses—especially online courses.
You’re much better off designing your courses following current best practices in fair use and copyright law.
You can spare yourself and possibly your institution a lot of problems and potential litigation by keeping your course design and use of materials within the limits of the law.
In fact, simply being able to demonstrate that you were making a good-faith effort to follow best practices can be helpful if sticky situations develop.
The good news is that you can learn what you need to know to avoid such complications in just 20 minutes with How Can I Design Copyright-Compliant Courses?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor.
Your presenter, Linda Enghagen, literally wrote the book—or books—on higher education and distance education and fair use. As an attorney and a professor in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she gives a presentation that combines legal expertise with real-world teaching experience.
The result? A practical primer on how to use course materials legally. You’ll learn:
- The three key components of course design and delivery
- The three most common copyright arrangements for course design materials
- The five factors used to determine fair use
- Legal ways to use electronic resources in your online courses
- The key differences between open access and public domain materials
Excellence in course design is essential for success in higher education today.
Learn what you can do to get your next course off to a great start and order How Can I Design Copyright-Compliant Courses? today!
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Like many problems, copyright issues are best dealt with as early as possible. How Can I Design Copyright-Compliant Courses? will show you how to address these potential problems right away.
This presentation will give you an overview of fair use and copyright law and will show you best practices to keep you on the right side of the law.
- The first place to look for guidance on copyright issues
- Common types of course materials and how and when you can use them legally
- When you can clearly create class resources from your own books and journals and when you can’t
- Best practices for citing material in the public domain
- The main function of open access or Creative Commons licenses
- The essential differences between derivative and transformative works
Enghagen also digs into a copyright infringement lawsuit against Georgia State University to show you the most specific guidance on copyright a court has given to date.
After participating in this 20-Minute Mentor, you’ll be able to:
- Recognize copyright compliance as a course design issue
- Analyze the legal issues related to common types of course materials
- Formulate plans based on what can be done
- Determine what is permissible, what isn’t permissible, and what requires a judgment call
It doesn’t matter whether you teach online, in classrooms, or in blended courses. It also doesn’t matter whether you’re a veteran educator or just starting your career in higher education—all faculty members who design college and university courses will find this presentation helpful.
Copyright law is evolving to meet the needs of the 21st century, and this presentation will help you keep up with the latest standards and terms, no matter how jam-packed your schedule is.
Linda Enghagen, J.D., is an attorney and professor in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. An early entrant into distance education, her teaching career began in 1984 when she first taught Engineering Law & Ethics in the university’s video-based distance education program.
Ms. Enghagen’s early involvement in distance education led to her work on legal literacy in the information age, and to her interest in copyright law as it relates to education. She is a Copyright Law Research Specialist for the Online Learning Consortium and offers online workshops in copyright compliance in educational settings.
Ms. Enghagen has written two books on intellectual property that are targeted to the needs of faculty members, including Technology and Higher Education: Approaching the 21st Century and Fair Use Guidelines for Educators. She has also written numerous articles, including, to name a few: Plagiarism: Intellectual Dishonesty, Violation of Law or Both?; Fair Use in an Electronic World; and Copyright Law and Fair Use—Why Ignorance Isn’t Bliss. Ms. Enghagen has created several pamphlets and brochures on copyright law, and was a guest commentator on the local NPR affiliate where she discussed copyright piracy in a piece entitled Napster Worries Me.
In 1990, she became the first woman given the Outstanding Instructor Award from National Technological University. She is also the recipient of three outstanding teaching awards from the University of Massachusetts.
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