Feedback on Agreement to promote Creative Commons Licensing in Schools
In general, the copyright of teaching materials created by teachers in the employ of a school belongs to the Board of Trustees in terms of the New Zealand Copyright Act. The default copyright will be all rights reserved, which means teachers cannot legally share, reuse and adapt materials without prior permission from the Copyright holder.
The "Our school uses creative commons policy" is an attempt to shift to a culture of granting permissions for sharing teaching materials in New Zealand using the Creative Commons Licensing framework. The signing of the document is optional, and provides a mechanism for schools to license materials for reuse in accordance with the Copyright provisions of New Zealand.
We need your feedback:
- Does the draft agreement address the needs of all parties (learners, BOTs, Teachers)?
- Is the agreement clear?
- Should New Zealand promote sharing of teaching materials?
- Any suggestions for improvement?
- What are the next steps?
- Other thoughts?
As a teacher educator in one of New Zealand's leading Universities, the University of Canterbury, I am delighted to see this document. I would also encourage its wider application to other educational organisations, including my own! However, I don't want to distract the current process that is underway with that consideration so to answer the questions as put:
* Does the draft agreement address the needs of all parties (learners, BOTs, Teachers)? Yes I think so but I am not and expert in these aspect.
* Is the agreement clear? Appears to be clear to me.
* Should New Zealand promote sharing of teaching materials? Definitely Yes!
* Any suggestions for improvement? None that strike me at present, except for extending beyond schools.
* What are the next steps? This and wider consultation and then raising awareness. Include providers preservice teacher education and professional development. Generating good examples and useful content that is adopted and adapted with good effect.
* Other thoughts? It is really good that the Ministry of Education is also moving in the same direction with its copyright - that is an essential part of the strategy. I am hoping that in future we may also include the students' work where they too are educated the how and why of producing educational resources, but teachers first is good!
Thanks for asking for input
Great work! I just fixed a couple of pesky licence/licnese NZ spellings ;) We're really looking forward to helping out with Niki's suggestion of "generating good examples and useful content that is adopted and adapted with good effect."
From Jane at Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ.