As a new semester begins, it also brings opportunities to openly publish more content as Open Educational Resources at the University of Michigan. Several people are involved in obtaining permissions, creating and maintaining relationships and doing the clearance work that creates our U-M OER. Often students or faculty will express an interest to clear a course and our staff works to pair our student volunteers with faculty members to continue this process. Creating U-M published OER is truly a community effort and if you’re somehow a part of the U-M community or an interested local, we invite you to get in touch to learn more or get involved.
Open.Michigan winter 2011 dScribe Training
Monday, February 7
Turkish American Friendship Room, Shapiro Library
(that’s room 4004 in the Undergraduate Library)
Lunch will be served!
In this training session we’ll be covering basic information about copyright, intellectual property law, identifying common copyright issues in traditional course materials and also how to use our content clearance application, OERca. Please RSVP at: http://ur1.ca/303ys
dScribe in a Nutshell
dScribe, short for “digital and distributed scribes,” is a participatory and collaborative model for creating open content. It brings together enrolled students, staff, faculty, and self-motivated learners to work together toward the common goal of creating content that is openly licensed and available to people throughout the world.
The dScribe process is very iterative and collaborative and basically involves these elements: connect and collaborate (with Open.Michigan staff, with interested students, staff or faculty members at U-M); learn the basics (training); gather and license your materials; assess the materials; clear them of copyright issues; edit the work to prepare it for publication; Open.Michigan staff will review the material for final publication.
You’ll be getting training on February 7 but if you can’t attend, don’t let this stop you. Open.Michigan staff can set up a time with you to teach you how to work through this process.
Faculty, students and staff: if you are interested in getting involved, please contact us! You can use the Open.Michigan contact form, email open.michigan [at] umich.edu or email me directly at epuckett [at] umich.edu
If you have a project that doesn’t quite fit this publication model, Open.Michigan would still like to help you out. Apply to partner with us in our Catalyst series. This series has been created to support local projects and teach people how to make them openly licensed. Open.Michigan staff provide food, space and promotional materials for your project as well as consult with you to openly license your project or concept.