What content can be used in the development of MOOC courses? What content can be used in the development of MOOC courses?

Contract between FutureLearn and UEA

MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses are online courses which are open to the public. The UEA will be creating a number of MOOCs which FutureLearn will host for us.

The contractual nature of the agreement between FutureLearn and UEA has an significant impact on what content can be used in the development of our MOOC courses.

Access to UEA Library online subscriptions?

UEA Library does not "own" the content of our online our subscriptions (e-journals, databases, and datasets) we access them on a licence basis.

These licences only allow registered UEA students/Staff/Researchers to access them. The Library is not able to vary these licences.
Those joining UEA MOOCs will not be registered as UEA students. UEA MOOC learners will not be able to access any content taken from any UEA online subscriptions.

MOOCs and copyright

Reading University have produced a very good, brief overview of MOOCs and copyright: www.reading.ac.uk/internal/imps/Copyright/MOOCs.aspx

Reading has given their permission for the following extracts:

What has copyright got to do with it?

As courses are open, online, and delivered to a worldwide audience, universities have to ensure that the content included in their MOOCs does not infringe any third party's copyright. The UK's copyright law permits certain acts done in the course of teaching, for example the playing or showing of films and music for instructional purposes. Most of the permitted acts do not extend to online courses, and teaching staff need to be able to create their own original resources without drawing on others' material unless they have negotiated permission to use it.

What about Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OERs) will play a significant role in the development of MOOC content. Many OERs exist, but MOOCs will also give universities the opportunity to develop their own OERs using a mixture of their own original content and Creative Commons licensed material. Universities which are monetising their MOOCs need to ensure that any external material they use is appropriately licensed (i.e. for commercial use, such as CC-BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/) or all originally created by their staff.

To read the full document see www.reading.ac.uk/internal/imps/Copyright/MOOCs.aspx

Creating content for UEA MOOCs

Given the issues outlined above: contractual and commercial status of MOOCs; 3rd party copyright and the exclusion of UEA licensed e-resources - you need to consider very carefully what material to include in the content of your MOOC .

Copyright – checking of 3rd party content

  • If you are using materials that you use in classroom based teaching, you may need to assess whether it contains 3rd party content. Consider videos, music, images, diagrams, figures, text etc.
  • If it does, you'll need to get permission from the copyright holder, as copyright applies differently to online teaching materials than to those you may use in the classroom.
  • Alternatively, if it is online you can provide a link to it – ensure it's not behind a pay-wall or a UEA subscription.
  • As checking of 3rd party content could take considerable time, it is advisable to include copyright checking into the content creation workflow/process.

Creating content using CC-BY and open materials

  • As getting permission from copyright holders may take considerable time, you can use materials which are creative commons licence (CC-BY). CC-BY allows use, re-use, remix, tweak - even commercially, as long as you attribute.
  • If you do not attribute you invalidate the CC-BY licence.
  • Materials are available from open sources with CC-BY licences.

A list of some open sources