Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Open content licensing for educators (OCL4Ed 2012); free online workshop

The World has already realised the need for sharing knowledge freely and openly to ensure inclusive education - the open education - especially in a 10 bn plus world. The world population is predicted to touch the 10 bn mark in the current century itself! The primary game rule in open education is the ‘open content licensing’. A better understanding of open content licensing is essential for developing and managing open education systems as well as to become successful teachers and students in this domain, which is the promise for the future.

The Open Educational Resource Foundation (OERF), New Zealand and its director Dr. Wayne Mackintosh have now announced an innovative initiative  to train educators, students, education policy makers and all other stakeholders in open licensing - the Open Content Licensing for Educators  (OCL4Ed) workshop. The Open Content Licensing for Educators  (OCL4Ed) is a free online workshop designed for educators, students and education policy makers who want to learn more about open education resources, copyright, and creative commons licenses.

This online workshop is scheduled for 20 June - 3 July 2012 to coincide with the UNESCO World OER Congress in Paris.

The course materials were collaboratively developed by volunteers of OER Foundation, WikiEducator, the OpenCourseWare Consortium and Creative Commons with funding support from UNESCO. The course will provide prerequisite knowledge required by educators to legally remix open education materials and help institutions to take informed decisions about open content licenses. This free workshop is sponsored by the OER Foundation, the COL Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic, and the UNESCO-COL Chair in OER at Athabasca University.

Participants will need approximately 1 hour for each session of the workshop at a time which suits their own schedule. The workshop is divided into 5 sessions each spanning two working days. This training programme will cover crucial topics like:

  1. Educators care: Why open matters?
  2. What can educators legally copy in an online world? - Your educational right to copy
  3. How can educators refine their copyright for sharing knowledge? - Creative Commons unplugged
  4. What license should I use for open educational resources I create? - The right license

If you are familiar with Moodle, you can go directly and register for the course at http://moodle.wikieducator.org/course/view.php?id=66 (First create an account and click on the "Enroll me in this course" link on the left-hand side of your screen.)

If you are not sure how to register, consult the guidelines for getting started at http://wikieducator.org/Open_content_licensing_for_educators/Getting_started .

The course is also available at the WikiEducator portal at http://wikieducator.org/Open_content_licensing_for_educators/Home Those who are comfortable with surfing through web pages and like self guided learning  can make use of this wiki facility.

See http://wikieducator.org/Open_content_licensing_for_educators/About for complete details and sign up today.

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