What can I teach about content licensing in 15 minutes?

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Photo by Giuli-O

As you may know I’m part way through my PTLLS course, which focusses on teaching approaches for adult learners.

As part of the course I have to do a 15 minute micro-teach.

I’ve been struggling a bit with knowing what to do in that session.

We won’t have access to computers so I can’t cover any of the things I’d normally do in my workshops and I’m not sure how much I could realistically teach in that time.

The one idea I have had is to do something around licensing of content.

It’s important for (potential) teachers to know what they can and can’t use as resources in the classroom and I don’t think many people really understand it.

Now that I know the overall theme I need to come up with a specific learning objective.

That’s where you come in. What do you think is a realistic outcome for a 15 minute session?

I plan to simplify the options into Copyrighted material, Public domain material and ‘Creative Commons’ material (as a shorthand for something that’s open to use, possibly with some restrictions.)

I need to think about how to structure the timings but I can probably only fit in one exercise, which could be to match statements to their licence type.

For example “Photo can be used in handouts as long as you include the name of the photographer.” That will match to “Creative Commons”.

Information about which websites they could use will probably be in a handout.

I would appreciate any thoughts you guys have on this.

9 thoughts on “What can I teach about content licensing in 15 minutes?

  1. Hi Louise – it depends on the group’s starting point and understanding of what they do/don’t know about copyright.
    A few questions you might want to frame the session with:
    What’s their understanding of copyright?
    Do they copy and paste material from the internet without consideration?
    Do they create their own images?
    What protection would they like for content they produce?

    Using the licence framework image it’d be fairly simple to work through what the graphic means:

    • Thanks Andrew, that’s really helpful. The problem with this subject is that it’s something that I could an hour, day, even a whole course on. I need to remember the A and R bits of my SMART objectives. Thanks again for giving me some food for thought.

  2. Not sure how helpful this is, but I had to do a microteach as part of a Train the Trainer course I did. I remember a colleague who works in Sustainable Funding used a technique to get us to think about different sources of funding (e.g. charitable trust, government grants, lottery etc.).

    They put together mini washing lines (1 for each type of funding) with string and blu-tack. They had also written specific grants on small pieces of cardboard that had been cut into the shape of shirts.

    They asked us to peg the grants on the right washing line (using mini-pegs) based on what funding stream we thought the grant was from.

    I’m not sure if you could do something similar with images or sources and getting people to allocate what they think is Copyrighted material, Public domain material and ‘Creative Commons’ material?

    It’s a long shot and I’m not even sure I’ve written it clearly, but I hope that’s some help!

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