Copyright for Educators & Librarians

开始时间: 04/22/2022 持续时间: Unknown

所在平台: CourseraArchive

课程类别: 教育

大学或机构: Duke University(杜克大学)



第一个写评论        关注课程


Copyright has always been a bit of a puzzle for teachers and librarians.  It seems like a mysterious set of rules, and the news media occasionally reports on dire penalties imposed for copyright infringement.  However, the law was designed to empower teachers and libraries, with both specific and general exceptions that facilitate education.  Our goal in this course is to begin to demystify the law and help educators and librarians do their jobs more effectively.

The three instructors for the course all began their careers as librarians, and all went to law school in order to assist their colleagues in schools, colleges and libraries better understand copyright.  Each now holds a position where their principal role is to help sort out the copyright conundrums that arise in education and libraries.  In all of these situations, our goal is to help teachers and librarians accomplish their legitimate educational goals in ways that respect copyright and reduce the fear and uncertainty that sometimes hampers creative teaching.  As lawyers, we strive to find responsible ways to say “yes” when asked if a new teaching idea or library services can be considered within the confines of the copyright law.

Throughout the four weeks of the course we will introduce specific examples of copyright questions that arise in education.  We will both introduce a framework for analyzing copyright questions that participants can use to consider the specific issues they encounter, and we will work through real life examples.

The course will be taught by Anne GillilandLisa Macklin, and Kevin Smith.


Four units:

  1. A framework for thinking about copyright.

  2. Authorship and rights.

  3. Specific exceptions for teachers and librarians.

  4. Understanding and using fair use.



Fear and uncertainty about copyright law often plagues educators and sometimes prevents creative teaching. This course is a professional development opportunity designed to provide a basic introduction to US copyright law and to empower teachers and librarians at all grade levels. Course participants will discover that the law is designed to help educators and librarians.