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Course name: Open education, copyright and open licensing in a digital world (lida103)

Open education, copyright and open licensing in a digital world (lida103) is one of four micro-courses for the Learning in a Digital age course. In this micro-course you will learn how to harness the potential of open education in pursuit of your own learning goals while adhering to the requirements of copyright in a digital world.

Course metrics

Metric Details
Notional learning hours 40 hours
Duration 2 weeks, 10 – 15 hours per week (depending on prior knowledge in using digital and online technologies)
Assessment 20 hours
Micro credential option Yes, digital certificate for assessed learning from Edubits
Formal credit options
  • Yes, 4 OERu credits towards 16 OERu transcript credits for the Learning in a Digital Age course at Otago Polytechnic
  • Yes, complete three micro-courses and the TECEP examination for 12 OERu credits (i.e. the equivalent of 3 US credits) for the Learning in a Digital Age at Thomas Edison State University.
Course One of four micro-courses for the Learning in a Digital Age course.
Qualification The following articulation pathways are available:

Level 1st year Bachelor Degree Level

What’s it about

Learning in a Digital Age 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. In this micro-course, you will develop and 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 7 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
  • Remix game
  • Dimensions of openness.

The micro-course can be completed in 40 hours, including preparation for the assessment.

What prerequisites should I have, if any?

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 microblog account (instructions and self-study tutorials provided.)

Learners aiming to submit assessments for formal credit towards an academic qualification will need to meet the normal university admission requirements of the conferring institution (e.g. language proficiency and school leaving certificates etc.).

Each micro-course can be studied independently but may rely on some knowledge and skills gained in related micro courses which can be accessed and consulted freely online. The following table summarises prerequisite relationships.

Course Prerequisite
LiDA101 None
LiDA102 LiDA101 (to establish personal learning environment)
LiDA103 LiDA101 (to establish personal learning environment)
LiDA104 LiDA101 (to establish personal learning environment)
LiDA103 (knowledge of copyright and open licensing)