WP 2: Models for sustainable cooperation between: legal issues, recognition, promotion, quality control, joint development.

Information

Lead: Universitat de Barcelona
Participating: Creative Commons, UPM, OCWC

Description

To facilitate collaboration between institutions it is essential to build a common framework, to establish a set of criteria which define quality, and to agree on a legal structure for materials to be reused by any HEI and by the public in general.

The first activity will be to analyze the current situation in Europe regarding to the OCW project. This document will form the basis for the focus of this WG.

One of the basic points in this work package is to train institutions on legal issues, in particular copyrights, in order to get a clear understanding of how resources can disseminated and how material can be reused for teaching or learning purposes. To accomplish this we will develop a multilingual document with the basic descriptions of European copyright laws, emphasizing the limits and exceptions for education. In the same document we will collect relevant information about free licenses, especially the Creative Commons licenses that currently form the legal framework for OCW projects. To further enhance understanding and to establish the legal position of the materials included in courseware we will organize a workshop/training with the participation of experts.

Another point to be addressed in this work package is the quality of OCW. We would like to develop a quality seal for OCW. The goal here is to establish a set of criteria to determine the minimum quality for a course to be recognized as a European OCW.  To assess quality we will develop a document that will include minimum requirements for the structure of courses, without going into the content itself.

Having all these documents will allow institutions to work together and develop common resources in different languages and to recognize resources made by others.

Deliverables

  1. Analyses of current practices in Europe
    During the first months of the project will WG 2 will analyze the existing courses developed by European HEI in order to determine the use of free licenses, the structure of the courses, the languages used and to detect incoherence or errors that will help us to build a common model for the consortium. WG 2 will also study the relation between OCW portals and institutional repositories. The report will be made available through the project website.
  2. Overview of European copyright legislation and free licenses
    The WG will produce a multilingual document with the basic points of the European copyright laws emphasizing the limits and exceptions for the education sector. In the same document we will collect relevant information on free licenses, especially the Creative Commons licenses, which currently form the legal framework for OCW projects. This report will be publicly and freely available on the project website and other online sources. The target group is all HEI interested in OCW.
  3. Guidelines for quality and accreditation
    WG 2 will develop a set of minimum criteria to could be used to assure quality of OCW offered and facilitate the process of (mutual) accreditation. These guidelines will be publicly and freely available on the project website and disseminated through other sources available to the project team. The target group is all HEI interested in OCW.
  4. Workshops / training on legal matters related to OCW
    To further enhance understanding and to determine the legal position of OCW material WG 2 will organize a workshop/training led by experts from CC.
  5. Presentation of legal and quality guidelines
    The guidelines resulting from this work package will be presented during one of the existing OER/OCW conferences in Europe and the OCWC annual conference.
Attribution

EU Lifelong Learning Programme
with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union

License

Creative Commons License OpenCourseWare Europe website by OpenCourseWare Europe is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.