• Unit 3: Open Education, Copyright, and Open Licensing (LiDA103)

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    In Unit 3 we harness the potential of open education in pursuit of learning goals while adhering to the requirements of copyright in a digital world. Open Education, Copyright, and Open Licensing (LiDA103) is the third of four micro-courses for the Learning in a Digital Age course.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 30 hours (excluding time to prepare an optional assessment portfolio for formal credit).

    Image credit: Is licensing really the most important question for OER? by Caroline Madigan for opensource.com, cc by sa 2.0.

    • 3.1: Why Open Matters

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      We begin this subunit by reflecting on why open matters for learning in a digital age. We consider the meaning of the freedom to learn and access to published research knowledge in a digital world. We explore the context for open education, copyright, and open licensing as it relates to learning.

      The Universal Declaration of Human Rights commits to free education, at least in the elementary stages. Many do not extend the notion of “free education" to the college level, although the marginal cost of replicating digital content is near zero. In this subunit, we explore how open online initiatives can widen access to college-level education in affordable ways.

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • Explain the importance of sharing knowledge freely within the context of global demand for access to education.
        • Discuss the implications of why open matters for learning in a digital age.
    • 3.2: Defining Open Education Resources (OER)

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      In this subunit we investigate what constitutes an open educational resource (OER) and explore the implications of open education in a digital age. 

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • Define open educational resource (OER);
        • Explain the relationship between digital freedom and learning;
        • Explain the shortcomings of copyright as a mechanism for regulating ownership of ideas;
        • Discuss the value of OER in solving real-world problems; and
        • Identify the implications of OER for learning in a digital age.
    • 3.3: Copyright

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      This learning pathway focuses on your legal rights to make copies of copyrighted material. Since open licensing is based on copyright you need a clear understanding of how copyright works to use or create creative works that apply open licenses. Since online interactions and learning materials are published online, your exposure to risks associated with copyright breaches increase.

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • Explain the origins of copyright;
        • Explain the scope, rights, protections, exceptions, and, transfer of copyright; and
        • Discuss the ethics associated with the ownership of ideas in the context of copyright and intellectual property.
    • 3.4: Copyright Case Study

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      In this section we use a case study to investigate a practical example of how to apply copyright in a digital world. The case study links to authentic online resources you will need to consult, such as the respective terms of reference. The case study uses a multiple choice format which provides relevant feedback for the answers you choose.

      You will need a solid working knowledge of copyright and how it functions internationally in a digital world. We recommend you review the subunit on copyright before attempting the case study.

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • Apply knowledge of copyright and the associated public domain within the context of global access to digital information and strategies to avoid breach of copyright in a digital world.
    • 3.5: Creative Commons Licenses

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      Creative Commons provides a set of free tools to help you legally share your knowledge and creativity. Creative Commons licenses have become the international standard for open licensing creative works. In this subunit we learn how Creative Commons licenses work.

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • Explain how creativity builds on the past;
        • Understand how Creative Commons uses copyright law to provide permissions to copy, distribute, modify and share creative works;
        • Describe the application of the components of the six Creative Commons licenses;
        • Identify the three layers of a Creative Commons license, namely the legal code, the license deed and the machine readable code; and
        • Explain the compatibility among different license types when remixing materials.
    • 3.6: Remix Game

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      In this subunit we participate in a game to test your knowledge of the remix compatibility of different license types. We will use interactive questions with detailed feedback for correct and incorrect answers.

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • Determine types of copyright licenses, including the public domain, that can legally be remixed together; and
        • Determine permissible licenses for derivative works based on the source materials used for the remix.
    • 3.7: Dimensions of Openness

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      In this subunit we introduce additional dimensions of openness in education. You will choose a dimension for further investigation and publish a learning reflection outlining the implications of your findings for learning in a digital age.

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • Justify your choice of a dimension of openness for further investigation;
        • Publish a learning reflection documenting your experience and insights gained from your desk-top study of a dimension of openness; and
        • Identify the implications of a dimension of openness for learning in a digital age.
    • LiDA103 Edubit Assessment

      Assessment Competency: Develop and effectively apply knowledge of copyright, open licensing and license remix compatibility utilising open education practices to support tertiary learning in a global digital context.

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