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Asynchronous eCourse beginning January 5, 2015 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Rebecca P. Butler
This specially priced bundle includes enrollment in the eCourse along with the companion e-book, a convenient way to enrich the professional development of library staff. The e-book includes the complete text of the print edition in PDF format.
Please note: Your purchase at the ALA Store is only Step 1 of a 2-Step Registration process!
Upon purchase you will receive a digital download in the form of a .zip file, which contains the PDF e-book and a registration PDF. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.
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Estimated Hours of Learning: 20
Certificate of Completion available upon request
After participating in this eCourse, you will be able to:
- Recognize and react to possible copyright restrictions of concern for presenters and teachers
- Explain the “fair use doctrine” and the four criteria which determine “fair use”
- Interpret copyright law in terms of various presentation media
- Obtain permission or licenses to use various copyright-protected media
- Navigate and submit internet release forms
To create media-rich presentations and lessons, librarians and educators often turn to content created by others, wading into the murky waters of copyright. In this eCourse expert educator Butler will guide you through the specific applications of U.S. copyright law common to workshops, lesson plans, tutorials, and other presentations. You will learn how to assert your “fair use” rights, and also how to efficiently seek permission from rightsholders when necessary. For reference during and after the course, your purchase includes the PDF version of Butler’s Copyright for Teachers and Librarians in the 21st Century.
Week 1: Introduction to Copyright Law for Teachers and Librarians
- Introduction to copyright law
- Copyright defined and reviewed in terms of conferences, workshops, tutorials, and instruction
- Fair use and the classroom and library exemptions
- Public domain
- Print and non-print, digital and analog media used in presentations and teaching
- Relationship between plagiarism and copyright
Week 2: Important Basics
- Permissions and licenses
- Clearing houses
- International law
- Orphan works
- Open sourcing
- Interlibrary loan
- Registering works with the U.S. Copyright Office
- Guidelines vs. law
Week 3: Recognizing Possible Copyright Infringements and Violations
- Infringements and violations
- Internet release forms
Week 4: Presentations and Teaching: How to use Copyright Law to Your Advantage
- The legal way
- It doesn’t have to be difficult
- Work for hire
- Digital uses
- Social networking tools
- Web pages
- Blogs and wikis
- Alternative universes
- Specialized information as needed by class participants
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on January 5, 2015. Your participation will require approximately five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
Instructor Rebecca P. Butler will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on July 7 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructor
Rebecca P. Butler is a Presidential Teaching Professor in the Department of Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment, College of Education, at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Illinois. A frequent presenter on copyright, she is the author of Copyright for Teachers and Librarians in the 21st Century and Smart Copyright Compliance for Schools: A How-To-Do-It Manual.