Copyright education ideas require creativity and knowing your audience. Is your audience open to an online course, a webinar or a lunchtime copyright chat? Different formats for training work for different kinds of learners. Participative copyright education is the key to learning for many people. This post provides ideas on how you can get your audience to participate in your copyright awareness training.
Copyright Education Ideas That work
You know you need to spread the copyright message to your colleagues but keeping the copyright message relevant to the day-to-day activities of your organization is challenging. Equally challenging is communicating your message. It’s key to present the message in a manner that invites participation and cooperation. Below are some copyright education ideas that may work for you.
5 Participative Copyright Education Ideas
- Develop a scavenger hunt on copyright.
- Have it incorporate several scenarios that are likely to occur in your organization.
- Ask staff to identify as many copyright issues as they can.
- Provide a number of sources of information staff can use to answer the questions (e.g., your country’s copyright office, WIPO, organizational policies).
- Ask people in your organization to write and produce short (three-minute) vignettes on the use of copyrighted materials.
- Getting others involved in copyright education will make them more interested in it.
- Make it fun; have them record the videos on their smart phones.
- Post the resulting videos on your intranet. Or have a lunch party where everyone watches the videos.
- Ask your colleagues to create a brief copyright information statement to include in organizational print and electronic newsletters.
- Make it a contest to see who can create the best or perhaps shortest copyright statement.
- Let your colleagues vote and choose their favorite.
- Develop a copyright handbook.
- Engage your colleagues and ask for their ideas about what information to include in it. Better yet, ask them to help write the handbook as a collaborative effort.
- Distribute the handbook electronically so it can easily be updated to coincide with changes in the law and new technologies.
- Use an online survey tool to make your information gathering efforts easier.
- Hold an informal brown-bag Lunch & Learn session so your colleagues can bring their copyright questions and eat lunch at the same time. If possible, provide a free lunch as a way to entice your audience to attend the session.
You may also like our Tutorial Developing a Copyright Education Strategy.
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