OERs: IPR and Licensing “… to make high quality educational resources freely available, easily discovered online and routinely re-used and re-purposed by learners and educators worldwide” JISC/HEA Three terms with potential to cause problems: “freely available”, “re- used” and “re-purposed” Process of putting together an OER needs to start with addressing issues to do with IPR (mainly copyright) and licensing… … including lots of thought about the risks?
Risk “… the fact that our system of communication, teaching and entertainment does not grind to a standstill is in large part due to the fact that in most cases infringement of copyright has, historically, been ignored...” Mr. Justice Laddie Our attitude to risk-taking: Anarchist Boundaries need to be pushed Pragmatic, not pedantic Conservative & cautious Strongly risk averse Not sure
Risk Creating OERs demonstrates commitment to openness and sharing But we are taking risk decisions on behalf of others Champion low risk/risk-free resources – but where do these come from? Flip-side: fear/risk our own content might be mis-used Confidence
Licensing the OER Creative Commons Licensing in a nutshell Which Licence to adopt? Commercial/non-commercial Watch out for licences already assigned to content being re-used Back to issue of confidence
Practical steps: what might go into an OER Decide on your licence Scrutinise all content – Lots of content created by the academic – Bits and pieces contributed by colleagues – Images, diagrams taken from all over the place List all the content that you do not own Be realistic Contact colleagues/contributors Back-up plan Take down notice
Acknowledgments and info: Jason Miles-Campbell (JISCLegal) for his presentation on IPR/OERs: http://www.slideshare.net/JISCLegal/oer-ipr- support-5886370 http://www.slideshare.net/JISCLegal/oer-ipr- support-5886370 More information about OERs & IPR: http://www.web2rights.com/OERIPRSupport/