Water in Ethiopia
These three multimedia activities were developed in 2009 as part of a distance learning module of the Open University (OU - http://www.open.ac.uk) in the UK. The module, ‘Environment: journeys through a changing world’ takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching environment and sustainability to new undergraduate students of all ages. Approximately 2000 students have completed the module since it started. It will be presented for several years to come and is available throughout Europe.
The module is divided into six blocks of study that take students on a journey to six different locations around the world. Focusing on Ethiopia, these three self-contained DVD-based activities are an integral part of Block 3 of the module. Students use printed books as their primary learning source and are referred to the DVD as required. The three activities use a blend of video and other resources to teach specific aspects of water use and water resources management. By incorporating questions, they encourage students to explore the learning resources and extract key points of information.
The video components of the activities, modified for viewing without the supporting text and other resources, can be downloaded free from iTunesU: http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/water-in-ethiopia-for-ipod/id380226151#...
A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/water-in-ethiopia-three-activities-...
Five Little Ducks
The video clip Five Little Ducks is a stop-motion animation which preschool students made in class. The target students are preschool students. As an exercise in counting the numbers backwards, the children learnt the nursery rhyme, 5 little ducks, so it was with great enthusiasm that they agreed to animate the ducks. The stop-motion animation was produced and entered in the MEDEA Awards 2008 by Miriam Schembri of the Fgura Primary School in Malta.
You can also find a description of the project in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/five-little-ducks
Natural Transitions for Storytelling
This video shows you the different transitions that you can apply during the recording (instead of in the editing phase) so that your flow from one scene to the next appears natural. This video was also chosen as a lesson for the Vimeo Video School.
OER IPR Support Project website
Information, advice and resources created by JISCLegal to help anyone creating OERs deal with the IPR and licensing issues associated with OER.
The homepage includes a video by Naomi Korn of the UK OER Support Project, setting out how to navigate the IPR issues around developing OERs.
A practical starter pack aims to help OER projects:
• Understand the thirty party rights associated with any content that you wish to make accessible and usable as OER and therefore help you to realise your rights clearance obligations
• Get to grips with Creative Commons Licences and select the most appropriate for your uses
• Develop a process for rights identification and clearance
• Adapt and use template rights clearance letters and model consent forms
• Understand where you might look to trace rights holders
• Develop a better understanding of the level of risk associated with content for which you might not be able to trace the rights holders or the rights holders are unknown
• Look for further information about IPR and licensing issues
Including a starter pack and diagnostic tools
A Fair(y) Use Tale
A video to illustrate copyright issues for the very young. It is American and not highly technical or objective but the general philosophy is applicable.
Recording Lectures Podcast
Made by JISC Legal, this useful resource sets out some of the complicated IPR and other legal considerations around recording teaching sessions for online use. There is also a link to the accompanying paper. While this is based on UK law it is still useful in highlighting that recording and reusing a lecture is not a simple matter
Copyright and digital technologies
An interesting video that reflects the views of young people in the UK who, it appears, are blissfully unaware of (or willfully disregard) copyright law when it applies to new technology as it does not meet their needs.
E-læring og jura
Danish website produced by UNI-C, on legal issues around e-learning. Contains articles, webcasts and cartoons (in Danish).
There is also a blog (http://forskningsnettet.dk/blog/23) where a panel of experts will take care of the questions around e-learning and the law.
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
This document is a code of best practices that helps educators using media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use.
What this is
What this isn’t
How this document was created
Media literacy education
Use of media in education vs. media literacy education
Copyright: a contentious climate
Fair use and education
The tyranny of guidelines and experts
Code of best practices in fair use for media literacy education
• General points about principles
Common myths about fair use
The Cassiopeia Project provides free high quality science videos for teachers and students. These videos are free to download. Teachers and students can edit, remix and use these videos in any way that they wish. Whilst the videos are self contained they are hosted with the framework of a larger story that is provided as a supplementary learning activity.
The videos cover the following categories or 'courses':
* Bang to Man [the story of our universe and our place within it] 4 Videos
* Code for Life [DNA Genetics] 6 Videos
* General Science [misc] 5 science videos
* Relativity 6 videos
* Biology 11 Videos
* Complexity [inner working of human brain 6 videos]
* Physics (Misc] 6 videos
* Space 13 videos
* Chemistry 4 Videos
* Evolution 10 videos
* Quantum Mechanics
* Stanard Model [forces and matter] 12 videos