I would like to propose a hands-on workshop in a computer lab. It would address Theme 7: Sustainability. The aim is to ask participants to work through the revised version of the GCU Online UK Copyright Advisor to give feedback, ask questions and make suggestions on the content, usability and navigability of the new site in a relaxed atmosphere.
This addresses the theme of sustainability because one of the main barriers to sharing resources as OERs is an uncertainty and lack of knowledge of copyright and licensing issues (1, 2 &3). The copyright advisor aims to provide quick and easy to understand information covering a range of scenarios common in HE. The content is based on a collection of frequently asked questions from our copyright team mailbox.
Our initial searches in 2017 (online and by requesting information from various sources such as LIS-Copyseek) only found one UK based online tool. This was produced by the University of the West of Scotland but only made available to their staff and students via Moodle. The range of items covered was smaller and did not offer the amount of detail and ability to link out to other web pages.
There are other high quality resources available, such as Can I use it? (4) Copyright decision tool (5) and OEL toolkit (6), but are based in countries other than the UK. Thus the text refers to items such as fair use and specific legal issues which do not apply in the UK. We wanted our resource to refer to the UK legislation.
Other web sites such as Copyrightuser.org (7) and Creative Commons (8) give extremely useful detailed information, but do not meet our particular needs as they are not fast and interactive.
Although the concept of an interactive decision making tool is not totally new, we felt that there was a need for a UK-specific tool which could be used in higher education.
The new site has been designed and built by Worth Knowing to our specification and funded by a SLIC Innovation Grant. It is built on HTML5 so is mobile friendly, and can be fully customised using Markdown. We also wanted to provide a tool which was produced independently of any specific proprietary software package and would be easily shared and adapted as an OER. The tool allows external web links so further information can be easily provided, and can be customised to suit institutional brand and design guidelines. It also provides the ability to add extra information; we now plan to add sections on using questionnaires and theses. These features make the tool sustainable as it does not require detailed technical knowledge to update and manage. It can easily be adapted to match any changes to UK copyright legislation. The code for the advisor will be made available as an OER licensed CC-BY on the [email protected] repository and on Git Hub.
The workshop will take the form of a hands-on session in a computer lab (preferably with a projector for use in answering any questions). We will circulate feedback forms (9) asking about content, accuracy, navigability through the site and other issues such as accessibility. The participants can also ask questions or give verbal feedback. The form is available online to allow participants to complete it after the session if preferred.
We are also interested in gathering suggestions for further content such as using previously published questionnaires for academic purposes and perhaps some guidelines on the provision of accessible copies for disabled students.
General issues would include any ideas for how the resource could be repurposed for other user groups.
Participants would be asked to work through sections (of their own choosing) of the copyright advisor and to complete a feedback form, either paper based or available online as a Google Doc (for those who may wish to provide feedback online or at a later date).
We would have to ask the University for guest logins, or if eduroam was available on site.
GADD, E., WEEDON, R. 2017. Copyright Ownership of E-learning and Teaching Materials: Policy Approaches taken by UK Universities. Education and Information technologies. 22(6), 3231-3250.
ROLFE, V. 2012. Open Educational Resources: Staff Attitudes and Awareness. Research in Learning Technology. 20(1), 1-13.
WHITFIELD, S. ROBINSON, Z. 2015. Open Educational Resources: the Challenges of ‘Usability’ and Copyright Clearance. Planet. 25(1), 51-54.
Online resource: Can I use it? Copyright decision tool http://subjectguides.nscc.ca/copyright by The NSCC Copyright Office, based on (and adapted with permission from) the University of Ottawa’s fair dealing decision tree.
Online resource: GCU Online UK Copyright Advisor by the GCU Copyright Group and Worth Knowing. https://edshare.gcu.ac.uk/4200/2/CARP/index.html (CC-BY)
Online resource: OEL toolkit https://www.oel.edu.au/toolkit/ by Swinburne University and the University of Tasmania (CC-BY-SA)
Questionnaire: Copyright Advisor feedback form by Marion Kelt. https://edshare.gcu.ac.uk/id/document/31949 (CC-BY)
Web site: Copyrightuser.org https://www.copyrightuser.org/ (CC-BY)
Web site: Creative commons https://creativecommons.org/ by Creative Commons (CC-BY)