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Reuse is Key to Positive MOOC and OER Impact

Reuse is Key to Positive MOOC and OER Impact | barcamps, educamps. opencourses, moocs |

by Timothy Vollmer, first published on : Keeping MOOCs Open (licensed under CC BY) MOOCs — or Massive Open Online Courses — have been getting a lot of attention lately. 


Many MOOCs are concerned that their content will be “stolen” by competitors. However, this fear is speculative. There are features of the CC licenses that can help assuage the fears of MOOCs. For example, all the CC licenses provide for attribution to the original author, preservation of any copyright notice, and the URL to the original work. When MOOC material are licensed under a CC license permitting the creation of adaptations, the adapted resources must be clearly marked to indicate that changes have been made, and a credit — reasonable to the means and medium being used — that the MOOC material has been used in the adaptation. Also, CC licenses do not grant permission to use anyone’s trademarks or official insignia, nor do the licenses affect other laws that may be used to protect one’s reputation or other rights — those rights are all reserved and may be enforced separately by the MOOC. Finally, it should be noted that the original educational materials remain intact and preserved, exactly as released (most typically) on the MOOC website. So, there will be a record of the original publishing of the content. But beyond these features of the CC license, community and business norms make it very unlikely that competitor MOOCs will “swoop in” and republish full courses simply because the open license technically makes this a possibility. Norms of academic practice typically carry more weight than any legal restriction made possible through use of an open license.

#jiscwebinar What Is A MOOC? / Giulia Forsythe / CC BY-NC-SA

MOOCs should address copyright and licensing early on so they are clear to users how they can utilize and reuse educational materials offered on the site. MOOCs should choose to adopt an open license that meets their goals, but at minimum it is recommended that they choose a public, standardized license that grants to its users the “4Rs” of open content: the ability to Reuse, Revise, Remix, and Redistribute the resources. The more permissions MOOCs can offer on their content, the better. Online peer learning community P2PU has provided some useful documentation about how to choose a license. And CC maintains easy-to-understand information about how to properly implement the CC license on websites and platforms. Of course, it is important for MOOCs and users of MOOCs to understand some of the copyright and intellectual property considerations that they should know about before they adopt an open license for educational content.

MOOCs have captured the public mindshare as an interesting way to deliver high quality education to huge numbers of online learners. In order to maximize the educational benefits that MOOCs promise to provide, they must be “open” in both enrollment and licensing. MOOCs should seriously consider applying CC licenses to content they build, asking contributing Universities to openly licnese their courses, and making CC licensing part of their MOOC platforms. By doing so, they’ll be best positioned to serve a diverse set of users and support the flourishing open education movement.

Via Ines Amaral
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MOOC – ExploreCreateShare-Wiki

MOOC – ExploreCreateShare-Wiki | barcamps, educamps. opencourses, moocs |

Dieses Wiki dient der gemeinsamen, kollaborativen Erarbeitung von Projekten in den Bereichen Lernen und Lehren2.0, Musik und Web2.0 Durch die Entwicklung und Bereitstellung freier Kurs- und Lernmaterialien soll der ungehinderte Zugang zum Wissen verbessert werden. Die Inhalte des WIKIs sind "im Fluß", unterliegen einer ständigen Weiterentwicklung und sind nicht immer vollständig bzw. korrekt. Dies liegt aber im Wesen eines Wikis als sich ständig weiterentwickelnde Plattform begründet. Beteiligen auch Sie sich mit ihren Kenntnissen und Fähigkeiten daran. Jetzt und hier!

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