Copyright in education

This part of the wiki is designed to encourage discussion on Copyright and examine ways in which it can help educators use open content in a responsible and ethical manner. Please help keep it updated by adding new resources and information.
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Teaching Copyright
In an increasingly digital world, an understanding of copyright and licensing will be fundamental competency for educators. Understanding copyright, IP and licensing enables educators to develop and create new learning activities and resources.

It is also important to recognise that whilst there are many copyright resources for education available on the web, the focus of their message will depend on whose interests they represent. It is always a good idea to check the provenance of copyright resources. For example check who creates, funds, or sponsors them.

There's a lot of misinformation out there about legal rights and responsibilities in the digital era. This is especially disconcerting when it comes to information being shared with youth. Kids and teens are bombarded with messages from a myriad of sources that using new technology is high-risk behavior. Downloading music is compared to stealing a bicycle — even though many downloads are lawful. Making videos using short clips from other sources is treated as probably illegal — even though many such videos are also lawful. Teaching Copyright

Why use Creative Commons?
  • Licences can help students think about the resources they are using.
  • Working with Creative Commons helps students reflect on how they would their work to be shared and use.

Helpful resources for Copyright in Education

Tips and guidance
Best practice for attributing CC images
Evaluating your sources (University of Manchester Library)
What is Creative Commons - an interactive guide

Lesson ideas

The History of Copyright is accurately portrayed in this intriguing and detailed animation

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