Teaching to the World: Copyright, Fair Use, and You

12:00 pm on Thursday, October 25, 2012
1:30 pm on Thursday, October 25, 2012
Photonics Colloquium Room, Photonics Center, 9th floor, 8 Sait Mary's Street
Questions of copyright and fair use are a hot and ever-moving target when it comes to teaching resources. Deciphering what openly available resources may be used productively in the classroom, and what resources of one's own to make available online, can be daunting. Yet the power of open educational resources is undeniable. Students benefit from greater access to knowledge. Educators receive formal and informal feedback on their resources. Opportunities for collaboration and related work increase. In this talk, we will update you on the latest developments in questions of copyright and fair use within higher education, and discuss the Open Educational Resources movement. We will look at OER Commons, Creative Commons, and some individual educators' activities, and discuss how they might be applied at BU. Finally, we will consider how (and why) we might want to add our own resources to the Commons. Presented by Vika Zafrin, BU Libraries.