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Fair Use Best Practices for Open Educational Resources Endorsed by ARL

Iconic news images from the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s can be powerful tools to help students ground events like the murder of George Floyd in their rightful historical context. But uncertainty and anxiety about how, and to what extent, copyrighted materials can be used within open educational resources (OER) has presented challenges to creators of OER. Fair use is a critical component of ensuring high-quality OER are created and used on campuses and in education nationwide. To help OER creators meet their pedagogical goals and support the highest-quality student learning, the American University Washington College of Law released their new Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources last week.

Endorsed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), “this Code is a tool for educators, librarians, and authors to evaluate common professional scenarios in which fair use can enable them to incorporate inserts, including those protected by copyright, to create OER. It can provide groups working on OER projects with a shared framework for evaluating and understanding when and how to incorporate existing content to meet pedagogical needs.”

Research libraries are key partners with academic faculty in creating and publishing high-quality OER. Many libraries also provide consultations on what falls within fair use for copyrighted materials. According to Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost at the University of Georgia, “this document clarifies key areas where there is consensus not only on what is OK, but on applications that exemplify why fair use exists in the first place.”

Celebrate Open Education Week 2021 with the Libraries and Global Campus

University of Arkansas University Libraries and Global Campus

The University Libraries and Global Campus have planned a series of virtual events for faculty, teaching assistants and graduate students in observation of Open Education Week March 1–5.

Learn more:

Webinar: Implementing the CARL Copyright OER for University Instructors and Staff on Campus

Hosted by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)

In December 2020, CARL released the Copyright Open Educational Resource for University Instructors and Staff. This self-directed course is currently being adapted for use at a number of universities across Canada.

Join four of the working group members that helped build this course – Stephanie Orfano (University of Toronto), Mark Swartz (Queen’s University), Christina Winter (University of Regina) and Rowena Johnson (University of Calgary) – for an hour-long panel discussion related to how each university is approaching course implementation at their institutions. The discussion will include: tools and techniques institutions are using to implement the course, approaches for different learning management systems (Brightspace, Canvas, Moodle), and possible strategies for encouraging course completion.

Learn more about the program and register online

Webinar: Foundations of OER

Presented by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

ACRL’s traveling RoadShow workshops are on hold until it’s safe to resume large in-person gatherings, but we’re working to bring you the same great content through virtual experiences. These “Off-RoadShows” have been designed to help academic library professionals tackle the greatest issues facing the profession today

The three-part OER and Affordability webcast series will help you understand the basics of open educational resources (OER) and how libraries can be involved in affordability initiatives at your institution.

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Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources

By: American University Washington College of Law

We are pleased to announce the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources. This document is intended to support authors, teachers, professors, librarians, and all open educators in evaluating when and how they can incorporate third party copyright materials into Open Educational Resources to meet their pedagogical goals.