Planning your open course - before you build it

Before you attempt to upload anything online, you will need to think about the following:

  1. Audience and purpose
  2. Learning Design
  3. Structure and Metadata
  4. Writing the course
  5. Copyright
  6. Accessibility
  7. Assessment and rewards

5. Copyright

In addition to text, you need to collate all the images, figures, diagrams and video / audio material you wish to use and check that you have the relevant permissions to use these resources.  It is helpful to create an inventory of these items to help you keep track of them, for example you could use or adapt the Asset register template which was created by the Opening Educational Practices in Scotland project. The template includes the following column headings:

  • Asset number (can be used to identify location of asset in course materials)
  • Name/title of asset (can be used in the course materials to describe the asset)
  • Long description (particularly useful for describing images/diagrams/figures)
  • Type (file type, e.g. PDF, jpg, doc, ppt, xls, audio or video file)
  • Filename (for example, DCN1234.jpg)
  • Location(s) in course (for example which section / sub section / week / activity / quiz)
  • Rights/3rd party (who owns the copyright - even if all the assets are owned by you it is a good idea to record this in the asset register for the benefit of the person uploading the assets to the course)
  • Clearance approved to release asset as Creative Commons (you can use this for notes about the clearance and date of copyright clearance.
  • URL (URL of where the asset will appear in the course)
  • Acknowledgement to be included in the course (what needs to be listed about this asset on the Acknowledgements page if the item belongs to a third party or if the organisation releasing the course wishes to retain 'all rights reserved' rather than use a Creative Commons licence for this asset)
  • Actions (a place for you to record any actions/notes about the asset)

Publishing your open course or resource on OpenLearn Create carries the expectation that, where possible, the content you are reusing/creating has been released under the CC-BY-NC-SA version 4.0 creative commons licence. For all material you want to use that cannot be released under this licence you must have obtained permission to reuse and the source must be attributed accordingly in your Acknowledgements page.  Find out more about copyright (this link takes you to another website).