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  • Rory McGreal published a blog post Open Attribute from Mozilla September 13, 2012 - 9:10pm
    Open Attribute is a plug in for your browser that automatically adds an attribution to your copy of an image or other object. It adds the attribution at the bottom. Note that for your slides and other research/educational uses you can use a...
  • Rory McGreal published a blog post 2012 Paris Declaration on OER August 28, 2012 - 8:22am
    The 2012 Paris OER Declaration was formally adopted at the 2012 World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 20 – 22 June 2012. Déclaration de Paris des REL...
  • Rory McGreal published a blog post The TransPacific Trade Agreement August 23, 2012 - 11:05am
    EFF has been fighting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) intellectual property chapter for several years. This agreement poses a great risk to users’ freedoms and access to information on a global scale.EF has created this...
    • Eric von Stackelberg August 23, 2012 - 11:55am

      Since late joiners (eg. Canada) would basically be agreeing to the previous discussions of the parties involved in TPP it would seem to be prudent to have an advocacy program against Canada joining the TPP. Or perhaps advocacy that prevents negotiators from agreements that go beyond existing laws.

      It was my understanding that if Canada did join this agreement would effectively negate the Supreme Court ruling on linking. Can anyone comment on whether that interpretation is correct or incorrect?

  • Fair use in the USA and fair dealing in Canada are not exactly the same, but the principle of fair dealing and fair use evolved from a common source and  they are similar. The broad principle and issues will emerge in due time. What is...
  • Rory McGreal commented on the blog Why Access Copyright? August 21, 2012 - 12:15pm
    See this US Report: Rogers, T., & Szamoszegi, A. (2010). Fair use in the U.S. economy: Economic contribution of industries relying on fair use   Retrieved from...
  • Rory McGreal commented on the blog Why Access Copyright? August 20, 2012 - 7:02pm
    Writers and artists have always struggled to make a living and I would agree with Sarah that the plight of artists and writers has more to do with budget cuts and a non-supportive government than universities.  I would like to see some evidence...
  • Rory McGreal published a blog post Fair dealing for academics August 20, 2012 - 6:45pm
    A Table explaining the recent Supreme Court pentology. Note that the court decision was based on the old copyright law. So it is clear that universities have for decades interpreted fair dealing much too warily and conservatively. The Supreme...
  • Rory McGreal commented on the blog Why Access Copyright? August 20, 2012 - 1:59pm
    ALL  My questions could be interpreted as rhetorical and partly so, but I really would like to hear what the arguments are for signing with AC. Does anyone know of any?  Am I misinterpreting the Supreme Court pentology or the six point...
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  • Rory McGreal published a blog post Why Access Copyright? August 17, 2012 - 10:08am
    Is there anyone who could provide a rationale for why an institution would need an  Access Copyright (AC) licence after the Supreme Court decisions and the new Copyright bill is finally passed? 1. Fair dealing allows us to copy more than does...
    • Eric von Stackelberg August 29, 2012 - 12:21am

      In regards to the ball that is rolling can anyone comment on whether part of the strategy would include an approach to offset Access Copyright's advocacy and would the solution focus on institutions as consumers or an attempt at a fair deal for both consumers and creators and the governance and operational model to support that. 





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    Well, much time has passed and we still have not heard from AUCC over their ill-conceived model fair dealing policy. I hope that they are considering how the universities can retrieve their money from Access Copyright (AC) for charging us over many...
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  • Rory McGreal commented on the blog All abuzz about MOOCs August 2, 2012 - 10:25am
    Jon, According to the Wikipedia definition, AU courses can be described as MOOCs, not that Wikipedia is the supreme arbiter.But, one could argue that the word "Course" does not properly describe George and Stephen's MOOCs. A course has a "fixed...
  •  Reading this exchange from the bottom comment upwards should make this exchange more understandable Rory McGreal: I am not opposed to the private sector and I support the free market When governments build road, schools, hospitals, jet...
  • Rory McGreal published a blog post All abuzz about MOOCs July 25, 2012 - 5:33pm
    PHIL Hill wrote about different types of MOOCs on a blog: The term MOOC may be new, but if you define a MOOC as 100s or 1000s of students. Athabasca...
    • Jon Dron July 25, 2012 - 6:35pm

      'O' for 'open' is quite important. Older courses might have been MOCs (massive and online), but not really MOOCs.

      It depends on what you mean by 'open'. I've argued over at one of George Siemens's great blog posts on the topic that 'open' means something quite different to this younger/older generation of MOOCs than in George's earlier courses. In essence, George's MOOCs are free as in process, not just free as in beer, but I think I oversimplified the issue there. Both forms are open in providing different ways of reaching a destination and different ways of using and re-using content.

      The first generation MOOCs where the name evolved are much more open in pedagogy, content, dialogue, sociability, technology, medium, time, space, pace (a bit) and access. By design, people wind up in quite unique and different destinations by many different routes. And of course most people, as the article suggests, never reach much of a destination at all. The new generation do, as you say, seem to replicate, with a little tweaking, the methods of what John Daniels calls the mega-universities, a scaled-up industrial model that ain't too bad as far as it goes but not rich in freedom of process or destination. I think the better ones do, however, add an openness of engagement that the older mega-university courses lacked, mainly because the large numbers that provide opportunities for a whole ecosystem of peer support to have developed around them, often very rich and complex, and they are often mashed and remixed with other things. And that brings them closer to what George et al have done. So it's not just about 'free': openness of use and openness of process is crucial. It's a different kind of 'massive' than the hierarchically controlled variants of the mega-universities and a different kind of 'open'.


    • Rory McGreal August 2, 2012 - 10:25am


      According to the Wikipedia definition, AU courses can be described as MOOCs, not that Wikipedia is the supreme arbiter.But, one could argue that the word "Course" does not properly describe George and Stephen's MOOCs. A course has a "fixed roster of students". Of course one could also argue that the course is evolving. The OERu has "courses" that don't have a teacher, so I guess we can see even further evolution of the course concept.

      All the best.


    • Jon Dron August 2, 2012 - 11:42am

      And there are people and publishers who have been selling tutor-less courses for decades (at the very least). We are lucky here at AU to have folk who have pioneered the latest generation of learning stuff that is distributed, involves lots of people who are at least able to learn together if they want, and is free to anyone with Internet access (though assessment, formal support, etc might be a paid-for extra), whatever we choose to call that. 'MOOC' is as good a word as any.

      I'm not sure where the Khan Academy sits in all of this but I suspect it and others of its ilk represent an equally interesting but slightly divergent approach because it supports just-in-time learning and is about rationally-sized individual lessons rather than a whole course of them. Modularity makes for way more flexibility and adaptability to individual needs. What I find most fascinating is that, though most people do treat them as things to help them to learn as individuals, there appear to be increasing numbers who are doing it together in many ways - the comment threads on the lessons themselves being just the tip of the iceberg. Massive Open Online Lessons maybe?


  • Rory McGreal published a blog post A list exchange on fair dealing and licensing July 24, 2012 - 10:32am
    Rachel et al. It seems to me that with the recent supreme court decision we do not need a license to duplicate copies of portions of a work. Access Copyright only allows a portion of a work in any case whereas fair dealing allows a "reasonable...