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Copyright Conscious

Updated: Dec 9, 2019

This week, we are asked to comment on, “The effective use of copyright materials enhances the teaching and learning process.” Yet I would consider that the question should be is, “Are educators making use of copyright materials to enhance the teaching and learning process.”

Yet, the most overlooked item is printed copy. We call make copies, scan pictures, download maps, pictures, video without regard as to the copyright. When you search for an image, many sites will state that it may be subject to copyright protection but does not specifically state if the image you are viewing is copyright protected. In this area, very little professional learning is provided to educators. I have gone back and looked at the LMS I created to see whether I attributed any materials I downloaded and utilized in my on-line class. Thankfully I did but I need to research it a bit more to make sure I attributed it correctly and if it meets the fairs use checks.

Yet, the most overlooked item is printed copy. We call make copies, scan pictures, download maps, pictures, video without regard as to the copyright. When you search for an image, many sites will state that it may be subject to copyright protection but does not specifically state if the image you are viewing is copyright protected. In this area, very little professional learning is provided to educators. I have gone back and looked at the LMS I created to see whether I attributed any materials I downloaded and utilized in my on-line class. Thankfully I did but I need to research it a bit more to make sure I attributed it correctly and if it meets the fairs use checks.

I do believe that effective use of copyright material does enhance teaching and the learning process, the issue is, are educators given the professional learning to understand fair use and attribution in the materials they use. Reflecting on my school district, we are sorely lacking in this area and is an area I hope to address next semester.



Photo used with permission from Pelle Cass.

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