About copyright or why choose open educational resources?

About copyright or why choose open educational resources?

9 May 2019

Whenever an article, a paper or a book is written, published, used or reused, the issue of copyright has to be resolved. What does your copyright entail and what does this mean for a user of scientific publications? The Copyright Info Point can help you.
You could also consider making use of open educational resources in your course. An example could be a video you found on the internet and which you want to show during your lecture or share in your EleUM course. But many other resources are available to use in your own educational practice. In this item we want to introduce you into possibilities of resources for your courses and at the same hand inform you about restrictions you should take notice off.

What is allowed …

  • Can I use my own publication for educational purposes?
  • Is it allowed to download multimedia from the Internet and use it for educational purposes?
  • What restrictions do I encounter when copying and distributing scientific/scholarly material among my students?
  • Am I allowed to place an article or part of a book in the digital learning environment?

Answers to these and more questions can be found on the Copyright information point.


Open Educational Resources

You could also consider making use of open educational resources in your course. Suppose you are (re)designing your course and are curious what colleagues already used in their practice. Provided they share their material, you could use this for inspiration, use or adapt the material for your own course and even think about sharing your material with others.

You could start browsing the internet on what is available for your domain. A few suggestions to help you:

The idea is that by sharing and reusing material, teachers can save time and ultimately enhance the quality of their material. Big chance you are already making use of what your colleagues used in previous courses, but you could expand your scope to material shared by colleagues from other institutes as well. Practices in which this is explored (sharing material within a domain related community) are for instance the Anatomy Tool platform (product of a SURF project in which Maastricht University participates).

And as you have probably heard; in the near future there will be a copyright check on everything teaching staff share with their students in EleUM! Maybe a good reason to consider open educational resources.

UM Library authors:
Monique van Bussel, Copyright specialist 
Gaby Lutgens, Coordinator Blended PBL Support 


This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.



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