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How good content curation constitutes fair use

How good content curation constitutes fair use | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it

“Content curation” is a powerful tool for marketing. By sharing someone else’s relevant, helpful content, you prove to your audience that you care about helping them—not just boosting your own site traffic.


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Finally a (great) opinion from a lawyer on fair use and content curation! 

 

Kerry O'Shea Gorgone is not just a great content writer: she's also a lawyer. So far from being cryptic or overcautious, her post on Mark Schaefer's blog is not just well argumented: it gives concrete examples highlighting how and when content curation constitutes fair use. 

 

If you're still in doubt about what to do, this is a must-read.

 

And to understand how you can stay safe in your daily publishing work, you can read our own addition to the debate on our blog.

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Quality Assurance of OER/eLearning | Unleashing the power of online networks for eLearning in Africa

Quality Assurance of OER/eLearning | Unleashing the power of online networks for eLearning in Africa | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it

For one of our last events for the year we turning our attention to quality assurance aspects of e-learning and Open Educational Resources. This seminar is led by Ephraim Mhlanga from the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE).

 

On Wednesday 2 December at 1 pm Ephraim Mhlanga will host a live online session

 

From our presenter we have received the following abstract:

The advent of educationally technologies has profoundly changed the way people learn and how education is generally delivered. In higher education in particular teaching and learning is now heavily supported by education technologies which make it more cost-effective to support learners in a virtual space. Educational technologies free education from the constraints of time and space that go with face-to-face teaching, and that offers great flexibility in terms of when, where and how to learn. Whilst this is a positive development that many higher education institutions are investing in, there are major challenges that are associated with the quality of such delivery. Particularly in the Third World, the comparative quality of online programmes is still a moot point.

 

This presentation gives hints on quality aspects that should be considered in using technology in teaching and learning. It draws from previous work done with African universities and from Gilly Salmon’s work on how learners learn online, and builds some quality benchmarks worth considering in the design and delivery of online courses.


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Major Study Finds OER Students Do Just as Well — or Better -- Campus Technology

In the largest study of its kind, a group of researchers has examined the use of open educational resources (OER) and found that students who used OER in their undergraduate courses performed as well or better than those assigned commercial textbooks.
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Obama administration should require sharing of federally funded educational resources under Creative Commons licenses

Obama administration should require sharing of federally funded educational resources under Creative Commons licenses | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
White House by Diego Cambiaso, available under the CC BY-SA license. Today, Creative Commons and a broad coalition of education, library, technology, public interest, and legal organizations are ca...
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Open Media Classes at Coventry University: Final Evaluation Report 2015 - Jisc Repository

Open Media Classes at Coventry University: Final Evaluation Report 2015 - Jisc Repository | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
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edX makes it easy for authors to share under Creative Commons - Creative Commons

edX makes it easy for authors to share under Creative Commons - Creative Commons | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.

edX has added the ability for authors to apply a Creative Commons (CC) license to their courses and videos on its platform. More than 50 academic institutions, including MIT and Harvard, use edX to offer free courses that anyone in the world can join. Now, authors at these institutions and elsewhere may license their courses...
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'Open Educational Resources' Promoted in U.S. Senate's ESEA Draft

'Open Educational Resources' Promoted in U.S. Senate's ESEA Draft | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Republican Orrin Hatch and Democrat Tammy Baldwin support the inclusion of an amendment to the ESEA that would encourage the use of "open educational resources."
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Copyright, Ethics and Theft ~ Stephen's Web

Copyright, Ethics and Theft ~ Stephen's Web | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects
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Designing for Educational Technology to Enhance the Experience of Learners in Distance Education: How Open Educational Resources, Learning Design and Moocs Are Influencing Learning | Scanlon | Jour...

Designing for Educational Technology to Enhance the Experience of Learners in Distance Education: How Open Educational Resources, Learning Design and Moocs Are Influencing Learning | Scanlon | Jour... | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Designing for Educational Technology to Enhance the Experience of Learners in Distance Education: How Open Educational Resources, Learning Design and Moocs Are Influencing Learning
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Student’s Quality perception and learning outcomes when using an open accessible eLearning-resource

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A Better Way to Find the Right OER - Campus Technology

A Better Way to Find the Right OER - Campus Technology | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
By tapping into a free Web service that turns learning objectives into search terms, a DeVry professor is helping instructors identify the best open educational resources for their courses.

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Learning design has greatest impact on student satisfaction

Learning design has greatest impact on student satisfaction | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it

Learning design - the quality of teaching materials, assessment strategies and workload - offers the most significant contribution to overall student satisfaction, research concludes.

 

A study among 60,000 Open University students, combined with interviews with academic staff, found that students who were 'more satisfied with the quality of teaching materials, assessment strategies and workload were significantly more satisfied with the overall learning experience.

 

The long-term goals of learners and the relevance of the qualifications or modules to their professional careers was also an important factor influencing student learning satisfaction.

 

However, researchers from the Open University, commissioned by QAA to explore how student satisfaction data is used to improve quality assurance and enhancement, identified five challenges including:

* how to provide feedback to staff in a format that can be easily understood

* how to ensure that academics act upon the students' voices

* how to provide synthesized feedback to senior management.

 

A second, complementary piece of research, undertaken by researchers at the University of Kent and also published by QAA, gives examples of practical changes put in place by universities as a result of considering National Student Survey (NSS) data.

 

Senior staff at four UK universities, with responsibility for teaching and learning and/or the student experience, revealed that universities have 'revisited and improved timetabling systems', 'renewed their focus on teaching and learning' and 'replaced subjects and, at times, personnel whose NSS scores keep falling'.

 

Ian Kimber, QAA's Director of Quality Development, said: 'The introduction of tuition fees, financed by student loans, has heightened the significance of students' satisfaction and the importance of using data, whether it is from the NSS or gathered by the universities themselves, to inform practice. This type of data is also being considered as a metric for the proposed Teaching Excellence Framework, and the links between learning design and student satisfaction identified in this research could add a further dimension to its application in this context.

 

'What is interesting is that the findings suggest that success in NSS ratings is achieved when institutions prioritise improving the student experience and let the NSS take care of itself, rather than employing various tactics to promote the surveys.

 

'For those wanting to drive up the quality of their students’ experience, these twin research projects offer a new perspective on how student satisfaction data can be used to effect change.'

 


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How to Survive Your PhD

How to Survive Your PhD | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Learn evidence-based strategies for emotional resilience and supervision that will help you finish your PhD or research degree.   
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A question of trust? Five tips to encourage innovative approaches to open learning

A question of trust? Five tips to encourage innovative approaches to open learning | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
The time when a massive open online course (MOOC) could be claimed as a genuinely disruptive innovation has long since passed. These days, if your interest is in open courses, you’ll find the real cutting edge work going on in a converted former cinema in Coventry.
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Why CC is making a mobile app - Creative Commons

Why CC is making a mobile app - Creative Commons | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. Today we’re pushing the latest beta release of our mobile app, The List powered by Creative Commons. It’s a mobile photography app that invites users to create a list of images they want, or submit photos to help a person or group who created a list. Every image is uploaded to the archive with a...
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Canada is a Hot Spot for Creative and Imaginative Developments in Online Learning and Open Educational Resources | Contact North

Canada is a Hot Spot for Creative and Imaginative Developments in Online Learning and Open Educational Resources | Contact North | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
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Bridging the digital divide means accommodating diversity

Bridging the digital divide means accommodating diversity | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
There are still many Australians who don't have regular access to the internet. We must do more to bridge the digital divide and accommodate a diversity of technologies.
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Open educational resources repositories literature review – Towards a comprehensive quality approaches framework

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Open Education Special Interest Group | Association for Learning Technology

The Open Education SIG (OESIG) was established in March 2012. Education has the power to transform lives but too often access is restricted. Among those excluded are those who lack the right qualifications, who cannot pay the fees or who are unable to accommodate a fixed schedule. The Open Education movement seeks to remove barriers to education by freely sharing educational resources and adopting open educational practices. Remit The remit of this SIG is to support, develop, sustain and influence policy in open education.
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Student’s Quality perception and learning outcomes when using an open accessible eLearning-resource

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Quality Assurance for OER : Current State of the Art and the TIPS Framework

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