CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked distance-learning course, taught by Professor Terry Fisher, which was offered during Spring 2013 on the EdX platform. The course explores the current law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that law should be reformed. more >
CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked distance-learning
course, taught by Professor Terry Fisher, which was offered during Spring of 2013
on the EdX platform and will be offered next in the Spring of 2014. The course
explores the current law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how
that law should be reformed. Through a combination of pre-recorded lectures (by
Prof. Fisher), live webcasts, and weekly online seminars (led by Harvard Law
School teaching fellows), participants in the course examine and assess the
ways in which law seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression.
When designing the course, Prof. Fisher and the course team considered ways of improving upon the dominant design features of many emerging MOOCs. In particular, the team did not want to deploy a "broadcast" or "guru-on-the-mountaintop" model, in which an expert delivers knowledge to large audiences through materials that often revolve around video lectures, or to require that student engagement be channeled into formats that require right or wrong answers. The team also wished to use the course as an opportunity to learn something about online education. Instead, they developed a model that included the following features:
Although enrollment was limited, all of the course materials are open access, and can be used by individuals interested in creating their own courses of study, as well as by groups of people interested in studying copyright together.
Students were assessed on the basis of their participation in discussions and their performance on a final exam. Nearly half of the students took the final exam; roughly three-quarters of the students who took it passed.
The course team is still analyzing the rich body of data generated by the course, but all early indicators suggest that the course was a success. The use of small-group discussions seems to have enhanced learning and retention. The teaching fellows as well as the students in all sectors of the course seem to have learned a good deal about the copyright system. Prof. Fisher and the course team hope to learn from and build on this year’s experiments when offering the course again in Spring 2014.
Last updated October 01, 2013