Monday, March 29, 2010

How did the open academic practice workshop go?

After the seminar on openness in academia, James and I collaborated on developing the first in a series of workshops about open academia in practice: copyright options and how to find, use and contribute free media resources.

Over the weekend and a bit before, James and I had fun getting an outline together on Wikiversity and a nice colourful blog/website to front end it all.

8 people attended, all creating a Wikiversity account and learned about copyright options, how to use the Creative Commons Search engine, and how to bring findings back to their Wikiversity user page.
  1. Madepercy 03:44, 29 March 2010 (UTC) Thanks James and Leigh, nice work, and you solved a few issues for me in the first few minutes!
  2. --TGreen 03:45, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  3. --A George 03:53, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  4. --PatTandy 03:58, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  5. --Mattbacondesign 04:02, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  6. --Vicki Deakin 04:05, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  7. --Fannyl 04:06, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  8. --DMG, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
I attempted to Ustream to workshop out, but the computer lab we used would not allow a connection to Ustream. So I recorded with my phone, uploading when I was at a usable Internet connection (home). Recordings as follows:
Over the next few days we will be soliciting feedback in the form of comments on the workshop blog.

In terms of promoting the workshop, a broadcast email was sent out by the Teaching and Learning Centre sent out the week before, posts where made on Yammer, another broadcast email was sent on the day by James, and I sent direct invites to the Copyright office and the Library a few days before. Among the 8 lecturers who attended, it was wonderful to see Pat Tandy from the library, and for her to confirm that the Library is ready to support lecturers finding open educational resources to replace restrictive resources.

Unfortunately I haven't heard anything back from the Copyright Office. To date my efforts to engage people responsible for the Intellectual Property and Copyright Policies remain unanswered. James, myself and a growing number of people in the University need the Policy to address some perceived and real barriers staff may have in using and publishing free education and research materials - not to mention the opportunity UC has to be a leading institution in Australia in the development of progressive IP and Copyright policy.

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