Putting Current Events in the Classroom

Figure with bullhorn next to bold text: "Engage" to signify that instructors should incorporate currents events in their lessons As instructional designers, we spend weeks or months working with subject matter experts and programs to ensure that courses have everything students need. We work on alignment and learning outcomes, and we carefully construct modules so that the content is current, robust, and presented in the clearest way possible. What happens though, when a portion of the course content is affected by current events? For example: What if the person or company, featured in a case study, suddenly faces serious allegations while the course is still live? Or worse yet, the content itself could become irrelevant or unusable. In these cases, students need to understand what is happening, and why. Adding Current Events to the Curriculum If you find yourself… Read more >>
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Kanopy Video Database

embed kanopy video The UNE Library supplies us, faculty students and staff, with a huge quantity of learning and entertainment materials. Mostly, we think of books when we think of these materials, or the vast online databases connecting us with scholarly articles from around the world. But there’s more to the library than what you can check out or download for reading. Kanopy is a database of videos, the variety of which will surprise you. To check it out, go to the UNE library’s website and click E-Resources, then Databases, then navigate to the only database whose title begins with the letter “K.” Kanopy’s library consists of a wide variety of streamable videos, comprising everything from old art-house films to recently released, award… Read more >>
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Making Friends with Copyright Law

copyright laws We often view copyright as a nuisance, and it may be in certain instances. But along with protecting the rights of the owners and creators of intellectual property, copyright provides for rights of users to view, distribute, modify and do other things with certain materials for a fee or free of charge (such as under Fair Use). Fair Use guidelines start with the premise that materials are used for educational purposes, and then considers several factors to establish whether such use is warranted. Textbooks Materials that are expected to be used by students are generally to be purchased by them. You may share a chapter or its equivalent from a book containing 10 or more chapters or up to 10%… Read more >>
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Images You Can Use in Your Course or Project Without Breaking the Copyright

copyright free images Well, we are no strangers to taking advantage of efficiencies, so we are proudly presenting someone else’s handiwork here, for you may find it hugely helpful. This article in The Chronicle of Higher Education explains how to filter your image search results in Google Search based on rights to reuse. As some of your current courses are moving into a project work phase, you are encouraged to use other people’s digital property responsibly.* Additionally, you can also use Creative Commons Search service, and to learn more, check out this article. Despite the disclaimer below, this will assist in narrowing down images that may be copyright-free. *No service mentioned here guarantees that the image is free to use. Do… Read more >>
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