Photo: ‘create environments for learning doodle‘ by Inha Leex HalePeer 2 Peer University (P2PU) is a collaborative, open education program that provides individuals with informal learning opportunities outside the classroom. Their main goal is to offer you the highest quality learning material and guides to help fulfil your educational requirements. They deliver on this mission through the the use of the internet and open content licences on educational packages. Running over six weeks, all of P2PU’s courses are licenced by a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence.  The free courses utilise university-grade teaching materials taught in small groups (around eight to fourteen students).

Although currently accredited is not available across the full suite of courses, P2PU is working on gaining full accreditation for all its courseware. P2PU offers fantastic programs which are run by passionate and dedicated volunteers who just want to ensure that you are receiving top quality educational service.  One such course that is currently being offered is Copyright 4 Educators which is being faciliated by Delia Browne, friend of ccAustralia and well-known Australian CC and open eduation advocate.  Sign up for courses has already opened. Register before 8 September 2010.

From the P2PU course description:

This is a course for educators who want to learn about copyright, open content material and licensing.  It focuses on the Australian jurisdiction. P2PU offers similar courses for other jurisdictions, so check if there is one for yours. Educators who are not in Australia are free to sign-up as well, but the examples and legal details will focus on Australian law.

The course is taught around practical case studies faced by teachers when using copyright material in their day to day teaching and educational instruction. By answering the case scenarios and drafting and discussing the answers in groups, the participants learn:

  • what copyright protects
  • whether exceptions or blanket licences apply
  • when they need to seek permission
  • what is an open education resource (OER)
  • what is a creative common licence
  • how OER and CC benefits teaching

The goals of this course are:

  1. to help you identify copyright issues in education and give you a firm grounding in copyright, exceptions and, licensing
  2. to help you recognise open licences, and find open licence material and apply open licences to resources
  3. to get you thinking, writing, and conversing about how to use  copyright exceptions and open licenses to enable education.

Credits—Photo: Adaptation (crop and resize) of ‘create environments for learning doodle‘ by Inha Leex Hale, CC BY 2.0 Generic.