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Wednesday, November 27 • 11:20 - 11:50
Copyright OER as Open Education Enabler

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Concerns over copyright issues can present a practical barrier to open educational resource (OER) use and adoption. The proposed presentation provides a case study of the University of Alberta’s Opening Up Copyright (OUC) instructional module series and discusses how the series improves access to knowledge about copyright: through its content creation and delivery; by modeling best practices; and by incorporating community engagement into its design. These three facets of open education will be explored in the presentation.

First, OUC aims to support educators and students in an open education environment by providing accessible information on the subject of copyright. Module content is offered at a range of levels, from introductory issues about practical topics (such as copyright issues related to the use of images) to advanced legal discussions based on specific sections of the Canadian Copyright Act or major Supreme Court of Canada cases.

Second, OUC benefits other OER creators by demonstrating best practices in the use of copyright-protected and open content. This includes making extensive use of open and public domain content in the modules and also developing modules that specifically address public domain resources, the role of open licensing, and how to locate open content.

A third means through which the project serves open education and OER is through its intentional outreach activities, which include conference presentations, email updates to relevant listservs to raise awareness and engagement, and also by providing a series of open, editable pages where anyone can comment on and contribute to the project.

The proposed presentation concludes by highlighting OUC’s role in connecting to the theme of the conference that aims to emphasize the opportunities of open education as a means to empower and increase access to quality educational opportunities.

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Julia Guy

University of Alberta
I'm a graduate student currently in my second year of a combined Masters in Library and Information studies and Digital Humanities program and a contributor to the University of Alberta's Opening Up Copyright series.

Kris Joseph

University of Alberta
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Amanda Wakaruk

Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Alberta
Amanda Wakaruk is the Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Alberta and a Visiting Program Officer, Copyright, at the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Her research interests include an exploration of the impacts of copyright anxiety and chill... Read More →

Adrian Sheppard

Director, Copyright Office, University of Alberta
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Michael McNally

Associate Professor, University of Alberta
Michael B. McNally is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. His research interests include intellectual property and its alternatives including open educational resources, user-generated content, radio spectrum management... Read More →

Wednesday November 27, 2019 11:20 - 11:50 CET
BL28 ground floor classroom - Presentations