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For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/04/2012 – 12:55


Washington, D.C.— As the digital environment continues to develop rapidly, school librarians and K-12 educators face challenging issues concerning copyright-protected print and online materials at schools and outside of the traditional educational environment. When asked to make copyright decisions, uncertain librarians and educators tend to take more conservative copyright positions than necessary for fear of liability.

Today, the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) released the book “Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators” to help librarians and teachers understand copyright law. The book teaches school librarians and educators how to fully exercise rights such as fair use while making decisions that are both lawful and best serve the learning community.

Fair Use Report from ARL - January 2012
Also see:

Some items re: Creative Commons

Some items re: Creative Commons

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10 resources for copyright and royalty free media — from Tech Savvy Educator by Ben Rimes

Free Learning: Essays on open educational resources and copyright — by Stephen Downes | National Research Council Canada

From DSC:
Thanks Stephen for this collection of essays, postings, resources, materials.

After reading the first several sections, I feel compelled to add here that I have not accepted any money for my Learning Ecosystems blog; the work I do on this blog is given freely (and this is often very appropriate…as I often curate content from many other sources).

I don’t know if I’ll be able to continue to do this, but I have chosen to post those items that I believe are going to be helpful to others and/or further a conversation or idea or perspective — but have done so free of charge.  I have not been paid to post anything on this Learning Ecosystems blog. 

Anyway, thanks again Stephen for your work and for your worthy goals.



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The Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons to co-lead learning resources framework initiative — from aepweb.org
Organizations are first to craft industry-specific metadata framework for improving Internet search results

WASHINGTON, DC (June 7, 2011)—The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) and Creative Commons (CC) today announced a partnership to improve search results on the World Wide Web through the creation of a metadata framework specifically for learning resources. This work is being underwritten with grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

— Originally saw this item at Liz Dwyer’s posting at good.is

YouTube editor meets Creative Commons — from JISC Digital Media by Steve Hull

CC image


Creative Common Videos now on YouTube — from Educational Technology by David Andrade


Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) — creativecommons.org




The Copyright Rebellion — from The Chronicle
New lawsuits and policies have hobbled teaching and research. Now scholars are pushing back.

The Copyright Rebellion 1

Chronicle illustration by Bob McGrath

The digital age was supposed to put information at our fingertips. Books and data and images on an Internet browser would be just a click away.

Instead, scholars are being denied access to millions of books. Images are not being distributed. Two major universities face lawsuits by book and video publishers for using digital copies in courses. And the U.S. Congress has placed behind the wall of copyright many items that used to be in the public domain.

Also see:

Online :: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT :: July 26 & 28, 2011

Senate passes patent office reforms –from TheStreet.com

BOSTON (TheStreet) — The most comprehensive overhaul of U.S. patent law since the 1950s was approved by the U.S. Senate last week.

The America Invents Act, approved by a 95-5 vote, is intended to minimize the 700,000-application backlog faced by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, deter the diversion of its revenue to other government agencies and establish a system that grants patents to the first person to file an application, rather than having to determine who was first to produce a product.

From DSC:
I’m hopeful that this will encourage innovations within the world of educational technologies and better support educational entrepreneurship.

Better than free: How value is generated in a free copy world


Brief summary/notes from DSC:
Per Kevin Kelly (Feb 2011), the future is about 6 verbs:

  1. Screening — we are moving from being “people of the book” to “people of the screen”
  2. Interacting
  3. Sharing
  4. Accessing — not owning
  5. Flowing — streams/flows of data and information, tags, clouds, not pages, real time, always on (24x7x3765), everywhere, no sense of being completed, feeds, flows of data, books will operate in this same environment
  6. Generating — not copying; pressure on things to become free; value is in things that cannot be copied (easily or cheaply). We want “easy to pay for but hard to copy”; things such as:
  • immediacy
  • personalization
  • authentication
  • findability
  • embodiment
  • interpretation
  • accessibility
  • attention

Originally from — and see:

  • Gerd Leonhard at the Futures Agency.com
  • …and with thanks to O’Reilly for publishing this!

10 online resources for free, legal music — from Mashable.com by Brenna Ehrlich

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eLearning predictions for 2011 and beyond — from Web Courseworks.com by Jon Aleckson


This summer I attended the 2010 Distance Teaching and Learning Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Some very interesting topics came up in the facilitated Think Tanks, and I wanted to share some of the predictions that were developed from these active group discussions regarding where eLearning will go in the next ten years.

Below you will find a table that summarizes the different opportunities and challenges that were predicted to arise in the next ten years by the participants in the conference Think Tanks and by [Jon Aleckson].

Opportunities Challenges
  1. Bridging informal and formal education
  2. Movement between schools to obtain courses needed for custom degrees
  3. Increase in shared knowledge among students and learners
  4. Networking and learning from each other
  5. Resumes will include informal and formal learning experiences acquired via the Internet
  1. Developing standards to gauge education and competency from multiple sources
  2. Providing an authoritative, reliable source for information (e.g. not just Wikipedia)
  3. Physical and psychological distance from other learners and instructors.
  4. Quality measures for informal and formal professional development attained on the Internet.
K-12 Instruction
  1. Reducing barriers to funding, certification, credit and accreditation
  2. Increase access to quality education for all students
  3. Open “course” concept to new blends of delivery and teaching
  4. Providing for more game-based learning experiences and techniques for a variety of learning styles
  5. Using new technology in the classroom
  1. Defining online and blended education
  2. Development of technical infrastructure, internet access and equipment
  3. Maintaining the custodial function of school
  4. Acquiring funding for bold Internet delivered experiences for the classroom
  5. Allowing use of new technology in the classroom
Corporate Training
  1. Just-in-time learning
  2. Greater access to information
  3. Peer coaching
  4. Cloud training
  5. Ability to reach those previously unreachable
  1. Intellectual property rights
  2. Resistance to using open content
  3. Peer review of resources
  4. Unknown impact of open universities
  5. Technical challenges related to size of offerings and rapidly changing technology
  1. Tools allowing for easier collaboration and interaction
  2. Richer media experience (videos and simulations)
  3. Content repositories & Learning Object distribution and searchability
  4. Movement away from static textbooks as primary resource
  1. Growing tension between standard core content and differentiation of content
  2. Where will content for curriculum come from?
  3. What part will student-generated content play?
  4. More copyright issues
Learning Environment
  1. Customized learning spaces, i.e. personal learning environments (PLEs)
  2. Customization of content presentation and access
  3. eReaders and eBooks providing better and more interactive content (just in time)
  4. Changing paradigm of “bounded courses” to unbounded courses where learning is a continuous process that can occur anywhere and at any time
  1. Determining fit and purpose of new tools and pedagogical approaches
  2. Standards for smart phones/mobile apps
  3. Issues with accreditation, privacy and copyrights
  4. Universal access to technology, equipment, and the internet
  1. More involvement and collaboration with online and distance learning initiatives
  2. More part-time faculty teaching for several institutions
  3. Faculty practices and entrepreneurs
  4. Changing role of faculty and PD instructors
  1. What will the primary role of faculty be?
  2. Faculty segmentation into master teachers, mentors, researchers, tutors, etc.
  3. Changing of promotion and tenure to accommodate different roles
  4. Changing pay structure
  1. Continued growth of open education with some program stabilization
  2. Improved learner focus
  3. Increased blending/blurring of traditional on-campus with online options
  4. More collaboration with other administrators to influence policy makers
  1. Managing and maintaining growth
  2. How to blend on and off campus learner programs
  3. Regulatory and accreditation issues
  4. Student accountability issues (plagiarism/doctoring)
  5. Improving faculty/ instructor readiness
International Perspectives
  1. Providing access to education even to remote, rural, and developing areas
  2. Promote intercultural mixing and diversity through education
  3. Improving educational access in segregated societies
  4. Sharing resources and co-producing content to reduce cost
  5. Serve new growing customer groups
  6. Informal learning, sharing own learning with others via internet (e.g. blogs, wiki)
  1. Technological infrastructure of societies
  2. Understanding of different people and places
  3. Eliminating the “we and they” thinking
  4. Illiterate audiences
  5. International/cultural conflicts
  6. Developing culturally aware curricula
  7. Differences in cost of education and fees
  8. Selecting suitable types of content delivery
  9. Refiguring content for different learner communities
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