It is important that all learning material shared within online environments (iKamva platform), are copyright compliant. The onus remains with the Department to ensure that lecturers comply.
During the 8th Annual eLearning Colloquium, lecturer, Sandy Zinn presented on copyright compliance issues. She focused on the provision of learning material within online modules, specifically, Departmental “course packs”.
Lecturers are able to share a maximum of 9 articles within a course, during a term. “Seen from the positive side, it means that the learners may, at the end of the term, be in possession of: – copies of nine poems, articles, stories or essays by nine different authors” (Dramatic Artistic & Literary Rights Organisation, DALRO: Reprographic Reproduction of Copyright Material for Educational Purposes, Pg. 5).
NB: Instead of uploading numerous articles into an online module, lecturers should rather create a citation/reading list within iKamva. Thus students will be redirected to the UWC Library databases to download readings in a .ris format.
NB: Another option is to use course material obtained from Open Access sources.
It is important that lecturers take note of the various Creative Commons Copyright Licences & Tools when making use of Open Access resources.
“The Creative Commons Copyright Licences & Tools forge a balance inside the traditional ‘all rights reserved’ setting that copyright law creates. Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work”. (http://creativecommons.org/).
View Sandy Zinn’s presentation at: http://tinyurl.com/oqc8p28