In this course, you'll learn the basics of copyright for students and teachers. We'll talk about the history of copyright, and the purpose of copyright law as it's described in the U.S. Constitution. We'll look at the actual protected rights of copyright holders, and what constitutes infringement of those rights. In addition to copyright, we'll talk about the concepts of public domain and open licensing, and how open licensing developed in reaction to copyright law. We'll take a close look at the doctrine of fair use, especially as it applies in an educational setting. We'll also explore how to determine if a web resource is credible, how to cross-check sources for accuracy, differentiate between fact and opinion, and determine whether a source is timely, objective, and may have a conflict of interest.
Never before in our history have we had such quick and easy access to seemingly unlimited information. Because of this, it's never been more important to improve our research skills. Lastly, this course discusses efficient ways to find the information you're seeking, helps you to evaluate that information to ensure its credibility, and gives you tips on how to clearly and responsibly communicate that information to others.Course Resources
HNT_Information Literacy for Instructors