Building an International School of Copyright and Creative Commons with P2PU

At the moment there is a P2PU course called Copyright for Educators running in the US, South Africa and Oz and this session was about identifying ways of taking that course to the wider community considering all the differences from one jurisdiction to another.

Currently the course is based around 3 case studies taken over 6 weeks with peer support and expert facilitation aiming to give people confidence in what they CAN do rather than worrying about what they CANNOT. The challenge is going to be creating a way that the use cases are generic enough to be reused from jurisdiction to jurisdiction to act as template with local specialist solutions to generic issues.

The group I was listening in on included the CC leads for Columbia and Catalan as well as an American living in Berlin, a law lecturer from the Us and a Norweigan so it was a group with an educated and interesting perspective.

Some of the recommendations that came out of the group were;

1. Partner with existing organizations – target library schools and courses that generate new content

2. Break the courses into modules that are a little more bite sized and also discreet. You should be able to pick whichever element you are interested in regardless of whether you have contributed to the previous aspects of the course.

3. Examine and explore the local attitudes and social norms around sharing. Don’t just assume they buy into the same concepts as you.

4. Two resources that could be very helpful are the CC Jurisdiction database – that allows you to compare and contrast licenses and see how they evolved and why changes were made.

5. Work on generic language in the case studies that can if need be be swapped out for local examples (i.e. BBC in UK could be CBC in Canada or PBS in the US maybe)

6. There needs to be an acknowledgment that producing the course and ‘teaching’ the course require different skills and it doesn’t need to be the same person.

I found it a very interesting conversation – during my work with JISC around OER issues about copyright and CC were constant and education in this area is vital – particularly for librarians I think. They are going to be vital in the open education arena I think but often seem to be hung up on incorrect ideas about copyright that leads to hugely risk averse decisions. I would be remiss if I didn’t point to 2 JISC resources here;