Copyright 4 Educators Course

About the course

Who should take this course?

Australian school and TAFE teachers, librarians and staff interested in learning about Australian educational copyright, Creative Commons (CC) and Open Educational Resources (OER) and law reform affecting the education sector.

What will I learn?

This course will equip you with the copyright knowledge to confidently use copyright material in the classroom. It will also introduce CC and OER, and teach you how to find and adapt useful, free resources for your classes.

What won't I learn?

This course will not cover law outside of Australian copyright law, and it only gives an introduction to CC and OER.

What is the time commitment?

The course runs for seven weeks. Each week has a different task to complete, which is due the following Sunday. Tasks may take anywhere from half an hour to three hours or more, depending on how much effort you and your group wants to put in that week. Like most things in life, the more time you put into it, the more you will get out of it.

Course Breakdown - Term 3 2022

  • Week 1August 1: Welcome to the course! Group meet and greet.

  • Week 2August 8: Copyright Basics

  • Week 3August 15: Statutory Licences

  • Week 4August 22: Music Licences

  • Week 5August 29: Copyright Exceptions

  • Week 6September 5: Creative Commons (CC) and Open Education Resources (OER)

  • Week 7September 12: Law reform - Fair Use/Fair Dealing

How is the course delivered?

The Copyright 4 Educators course is not taught, it is facilitated by the course leaders (Delia, Alison, Jessica, Holly, Arabi and Sara). You will complete the weekly tasks with your group, and we will review your answers and leave feedback.

This is a peer to peer learning experience, so it does require you to interact with your specific group to complete assignments as well as with the other groups, by reviewing their answers and assignments. Students are divided into groups, with 4-6 students per group.

Group Assignments

For each task that requires a group answer (weeks 2-7), each group has two responsibilities:

1. Collaborating together in whatever manner your group decides and submitting a final group answer. For more information on collaboration tools and submitting group answers see the 'Communicating in this course' page.

2. Reviewing two other groups' answers and leaving feedback. See the 'Communicating in this course' page for more info on how to do this.

Each week has a list of readings that will assist you in the tasks. You are only responsible for answering the task questions. If you'd like some help/feedback on your answers for the discussion questions, just let us know via email and we will be happy to help.

How to get started

To enrol, the first thing you should do is complete the enrolment questionnaire, then go ahead to Week 1 (please do not fill this in again if you already have done so).

Your enrolment questionnaire will allow us put you into a group of 4-6 people. In Week 1, we ask that you say hello to your group and acquaint yourselves with the ICT tools needed to collaborate and work together ('Communicating in this course' and 'Collaboration Tools' will help with that).