Open education, copyright and open licensing in a digital world

Harness the potential of open education in pursuit of your own learning goals while adhering to the requirements of copyright in a digital world.


What’s it about?

Learning in a Digital Age (LiDA) is about learning on the Internet and we recommend that any learner embarking on tertiary study in today’s world should take this free course. Open education, copyright and open licensing in a digital world is the third of four LiDA micro-courses, where you will learn to effectively apply knowledge of copyright, open licensing and license remix compatibility utilising open education practices to support tertiary learning in a global digital context. 

What will I learn?

In this micro-course you will:

  • Discuss the implications of why open matters for learning in a digital age.
  • Define what constitutes an open educational resource (OER)
  • Identify implications of OER for solving real-world problems and learning in a digital age.
  • Gain knowledge of how copyright works in a digital world.
  • Apply knowledge of the scope, rights, protections, exceptions, and, transfer of copyright.
  • Interpret and apply knowledge of the Public Domain, Creative Commons open licenses and legal remix compatibility for derivative works.
  • Explore additional dimensions of openness for learning in a digital age.
What’s involved?

There are seven learning pathways each containing numerous resources and learning challenges designed to help you achieve success for networked learning in a digital age. The learning pathways are: 

  • Why open matters
  • Defining OER
  • Copyright
  • Copyright case study
  • Creative Commons
  • Creative Commons remix game
  • Dimensions of openness

Anyone is free to participate in this course. An internet connection and basic web browsing skills are required with the ability to create a blog, and use a number of online applications (instructions and self-study tutorials provided).

The course and assessments are conducted in English. This is a university level course and you should be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English.

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Course Code: LIDA103
Available: 9 May 2018
Duration: 2 weeks,10 hours per week
Type: Micro course
Assessments: 20 hours

Credentialing: Microcredential Official course credit
Course Credit: Requirement for Learning in a Digital Age
Credential: Certificate Higher Education Business (OERu)
Level: 1st year Bachelor’s

Who are the developers:
Dr Wayne Mackintosh, is the founding director of the OER Foundation and is the designated UNESCO and ICDE Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic. He is Read More
Emeritus Professor Jim Taylor AM, In 2009, Professor Taylor received the Australian Higher Education Quality Award from the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) for his “national and international Read More
Simonne Wood, is an Educational Technology Specialist within Otago Polytechnic's Learning and Teaching Development Team. She has many years' experience in tertiary institutions in the Read More
Claire Goode, is a member of the Learning and Teaching Development team at Otago Polytechnic, and a Senior Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy. Read More

The course materials for LiDA103 were originally developed as a collaborative project by volunteers from the OER Foundation, WikiEducator, the OpenCourseWare Consortium and Creative Commons with funding support from the UNESCO Apia Cluster Office.