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Copyright 4 Educators (AUS)

Syllabus for Copyright 4 Educators (AUS)

Delia Browne's picture
Thu, 2010-08-26 11:47

Expectations / Should I take this course?

This course requires between 4- 6 hours  per week in class-related work. This is a serious commitment - but it will be rewarding. It is a peer to peer learning experience. You won't learn anything if you don't share your understandings with others. For that reason all participants will be expected to share your answers to questions. You will retain copyright to your answers and can re-use them how you want. P2PU plans to offer this course in future with a focus on specific jurisdictions where possible. We'd like to use student contributions so request that you re-license them under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike licence - what this means is something you will learn during the course.

How this course works

How is the course delivered?

The Copyright 4 Educators course is not taught, it is facilitated by the course leaders (Delia and Jessica).

The course is student participation focused. Students are divided into small groups of four  who organise their online communications/discussions (via email, Google docs, Skype, tokbox etc) and jointly submits answers to the case scenarios and assignments.
The leaders basically review and mark the student group work (pass/fail) that has been posted to the blog and provide comments where they have gone wrong.  As stated above, the leaders act as facilitators rather than traditional teachers.

Course Description

The next Copyright 4 Educators course is divided into two 6 week parts comprising of different scenarios and assignments.  Each group will have 2 weeks to complete each case scenario and the last assignment.
Part I of the course must be completed before you can enrol in Part II.

Course Breakdown
Part 1 – Copyright Basics

1. Orientation - commences 17 September
Students introduce themselves to each other and acquaint themselves with the website and ICT Tools needed to collaborate and work together.

2. Course commences 24 September
Student Groups start working on the first case study. Student Groups are required to submit three group assignments based on case scenarios to complete Part I.

Case Studies due dates:

  • Case Study 1 - due 8 October
  • Case Study 2 - due 22 October
  • Case Study 3 - due 5 November


Part II  Creative Commons and Practical Copyright Issues for Educators

1. Commences 15 January 2011 - no orientation week.
Student Groups required to submit group answers to three case studies to complete Part II.

 Case Stude due dates:

  • Case Study 4 - due 29 January 2010
  • Case Study 5 - due 11 February 2010
  • Case Study 6 - due 29 February 2011

Group Assignments

Each group must submit a group answer to each of the case studies by the due dates set out above.

Each case study has a list of readings and resources that may assist you in answering the case scenario questions.  It also has a list of keywords indicating the topics the week is intended to cover. Remember to focus on those topics when answering the questions - don't feel like you need to skip ahead and become an expert in copyright in the first few weeks of the course. 

The Group answer should demonstrate your understanding of the assigned reading material and should include original thoughts and synthesis. Don't just summarize readings. Making connections between the week's readings and either previous readings or previous blogging (of your own or of other students!) is strongly encouraged. 

Only answer the questions in relation to the case study/scenario. Do not answer the questions for understanding. Use those questions to assist you in your learning and discussions with group members.

In addition, each group must provide a short assessment of the other groups’ answers. This means you must review the other groups answers to the case studies.

How to get started

By now you will have been allocated a group colour indicating the student group you have been placed in. Please contact your group members and introduce yourself.

We suggest a different student take responsibility for starting the weekly discussion and submitting the final answer and group assessment of the other groups' answer for each week.

You may wish to allocate particular questions to different members to provide a first draft for review and comment.

Communication and collaborative working tools

The purpose of P2P University is to facilitate peer-supported learning. As such, we strongly encourage each group to take advantage of the many collaborative tools available online.
However, how you choose to do so is up to you. You may wish to set up a space for group discussion in the course page or set up a wiki for collaborative works. You may wish to draft collaboratively using You may wish to hold real time discussions using skype or tokbox or other communication tools
See links and

How to post the final group answer

See Forum for Instructions for submitting assignments




Hi, I just enrolled but have

Nadia Merchant's picture
Nadia Merchant
Sun, 2010-09-19 09:02

Hi, I just enrolled but have just looked through the time commitment and won't be able to participate. Sorry to muck you around but I'm in my last semester of post grad. I would love to participate if you do this course next year however.