Digital Authorship
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Digital Authorship

Copyright and Digital Learning

Week 7, Digital Authorship, Spring 2021

This week, we dig into the legal rights and responsibilities of digital authors by taking a close look at copyright and fair use.

Of course, I have been thinking about how the “copyright bird” is the guiding light for this project as this wisdom of our “Schoolhouse Rock” style song (with 60,000 views on YouTube) has been a vital part of my teaching for nearly 15 years. Watch the video that introduce the learning activities for this week:

We also begin a small project to create original visual content for Wikipedia, one of the largest online repositories of media files. Built from the works shared by thousands of volunteers, the Wikipedia Commons hosts educational images, videos, and audio files that are used by Wikipedia and the other projects of the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation.

All of the works on Commons are under a “free license.” That means they can be used and shared by anyone, for free, just by following the license rules — usually by giving credit to the author and preserving the license so that others can re-share the work as well.

Working with a partner, students add content designed to improve a Wikipedia entry of their choice by creating and sharing at least 2 images/media files. When your original work is posted to Wikipedia, it may be freely used by other educational websites, news media, bloggers, artists, filmmakers, students, teachers, and many others.

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