Designing for Flexibility

Copyright or copyleft?

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One of the most important, yet confusing, ethical and legal considerations for teachers is copyright.
We are bound by complex legislative requirements if we use copyrighted material in our courses.

At the same time an increasing number of educators create, upload and share learning materials, resources and course outlines online.
They believe it is about 'give AND take'; if you share your knowledge and skills you will receive back ten fold

In this topic we'll be investigating:
  • copyright requirements in TAFE NSW - licensing requirements for utilising copyrighted material
  • Creative Commons alternative (copyleft) licences
  • the philosophy of collaboration and openness in education - open content, open courses, open learning


Watch the following TEDxNYED video with Dr. David Wiley (Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University) discussing openness.


If you put all your course CONTENT on the open web would your students still come?
Reputable institutions such as MIT offer free online courseware . Here in Sydney, Richard Buckland from UNSW, places all lectures up in YouTube

So why do students still attend?
What are the benefits of placing content on the open web?
Reflect upon your most positive and memorable experiences as a learner. What made them so?
If you enrolled in a course now what would you be looking for?

What do we need to teach students about managing their own content online?

Background readings

Don't take my stuff: examining the value of sharing in education - Michelle Pacansky-Brock (2008)
The Cape Town open education declaration (2007)
Youtube Copyright School

Session Recording

Relevant Thought Leader Series interviews

Relevant TAFE NSW eHub eCommunities


The activities and documented reflections for this topic provide useful partial evidence for:
TAEDES502A: design and develop e-learning resources