Copyright Complicance: Curriculum Resources

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Pardoe Copyright>On January 16, 2013 Nancy Pardoe, SIAST Copyright Consultant, spoke to faculty and staff regarding the implementation of the Copyright guidelines.  The two sets of guidelines that instructors and staff might acquaint themselves with are Copyright Guidelines and SIAST Fair Dealing Guidelines.  These two sets of guidelines when used properly are to enable faculty to make decisions about what is the appropriate use of material.

Nancy gave many examples of how to use the guidelines emphasizing that the safest and easiest way of using the fair dealings section was a straight reproduction of 10% or less of a textbook.  Examples using diagrams or webpages and videos were more complex regarding what would be considered under fair dealings.

Nancy Pardoe’s Copyright Compliance podcast.

Nancy’s handouts regarding Copyright Compliance

The example that Nancy used in her presentation came from the Hole’s Textbook of Anatomy.  Nancy pointed out that there were 586 pages in the textbook.  She also had us note the difference between a photo listed in the photo credits (scroll down to view the page) which the publisher likely paid the owner for and a regular photo that the publisher owned. Notice that Nancy acknowledge the use of the textbook and the Fair Dealing statement on the first page of the handout.

In the following page Nancy went through different ways that the instructor might want to use the material from the textbook.

For more information contact Nancy Pardoe at SIAST Woodland Campus or the Copyright Office website


Dealing with the Crisis of Suicide

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Cleeve Briere, Coordinator, Crisis Management Service, Assistant Director, Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service addressed faculty at SIAST Kelsey on Thursday, November 8, 2012. The session was well-received by all participants.

Those in attendance learned that men direct their anger outward whereas women direct it towards themselves. When discussing suicide and its consequences the term is “completed suicide” not committed suicide as Cleeve noted, in the thirty years he has worked in the field, he has never met anyone committed to suicide. He also noted that in many circumstances that those completing suicide never meant to go that far, it was by accident that they completed suicide. Of note, was the fact that women attempt suicide three times more often then men, but men complete suicide more often as they use more lethal methods. Cleeve talked about many factors that protect us like having children, social supports and cultural supports. He said that in many cases people are beyond their capacity to cope when they attempt suicide.

Cleeve Briere also brought to out attention the article “Campus Suicide Prevention and Intervention: Putting Best Practice Policy into Action”, by Cheryl Washburn and Michael Mandrusiak published in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 40, No 1, 2010. This is a Canadian study which discusses what one Canadian University has attempted to do, focusing on seven broad intervention areas: “1) enhanced student connectedness and engagement; 2) increased community suicide awareness 3) gatekeeper training 4) collaborative identification and treatment of suicide 5) specialized training in assessment and treatment of suicide 6) increased accessibility to counselling services for at-risk students; and 7) enhanced crisis management policy and procedures.”

Also discussed was the Modified SAD Persons Scale which, while outdated, is still used due to its simplicity and the fact that individuals in the field need a common language. Cleeve noted that in a crisis situation the professional has approximately 26 minutes to diffuse the situation. Some of the factors on the SAD Persons Scale are Sex, Age, Depression or hopelessness, Previous attempts or psychiatric care, Excessive alcohol or drug use, Rational Thinking Loss; Separated, divorced or widowed, No social support ….

During the question period Cleeve noted that if suspecting something is not right it is okay to ask the person if they plan to harm themselves or plans to kill themselves. As well he said to ask open-ended questions such as, “What is your plan?”. If you have concerns you as a friend, relative or educator are welcome and encouraged to phone the Crisis Management Service (665-7000) to ask for assistance!

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Managing Instructor Presence in the Online Classroom – Webinar

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On November 7, 2012 interested faculty were able to attend a Webinar produced by Magna Publications designed specifically for On-Line Instructors. Instructors learned that there are a number of dimensions that they need to take into account when teaching online: Delivery, Design, Instructional, Personal and Social. The Delivery and Design dimensions need to take into account, instructional, personal and social.

The webinar presenters also took a quick look into tools that instructors might use in order to tap into the above dimensions. The categories of software that was looked at were: Community and Collaboration 2) Communication & Feedback and 3) Content & Curation.

Instructors interested in viewing the recorded webinar need to contact their SIAST ILDC Facilitator: Kelsey – Pat Tymchatyn; Woodland – Deb Mervold; Palliser – Ron Smallwood and Wascana – Karen Wightman

VOKI Avatars: What are they?

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Laurie Jarvis, Instructional Designer, with Learning Technologies led an interesting session on how to create avatars, October 25, 2012.  Many of those present at the sessions had no real idea what an avatar was and how to use it in an instructional environment.  By the end of the session, everyone had created an Avatar and some people had some ideas of how they were going to use them.  The VOKI free software was used to create our Avatars.  Please note that some of the individuals on the site (have graduation hats on) are only for subscribers.

Laurie provided a very thorough powerpoint that will lead you through the process of creating an avatar.  If you are looking for ideas as to how to use an avatar in your teaching check out the lesson plans on the site.

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Recent Copyright Changes: How Do They Affect You?

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Nancy Pardoe, SIAST Copyright Consultant for Kelsey/Woodland spoke to faculty and staff regarding copyright and how individuals need to approach use of 3rd Party Materials.  The Copyright Office website is accessed through the SIAST Library Page or through MySiast Faculty Page.  Nancy recommended that faculty and staff need to be familiar with the Copying Guidelines that are located through MySIAST, Faculty Page, Academic Resources,POP Manual, section 10.2 and the Fair Dealing Guidelines that are in section 10.3.

Nancy stressed to check the terms of use for material on the Internet before copying and reusing material (usually links are found at the bottom of the page). If the terms of use are not stated, the material is protected as “all rights reserved” by default.  In other words, unless it says you can use it, you need permission.  The new Act, when it becomes law, will provide more leeway in the use of Internet material.   A question was asked about Creative Commons (CC) licensing and Nancy said that there are four  main conditions: 1) Attribution – the author must be acknowledged 2) Non-commercial – reuse only for non-commercial purposes, unless permission received from the author  3) No Derivatives – share the material in its entirety (no short excerpts) and 4) Share alike – you must share the new work under the same license.  It is likely that SIAST would not use the Share alike license for course manuals sold through the bookstore.

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You can view or print the Copyright Handouts.

Engaging Students with Facebook

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Facebook is a popular social networking service that can help instructors engage students. It’s also a great tool to get students together in an informal online setting to promote learning.  Kelly Burke spoke about how instructors can use Facebook to promote participation and collaboration both outside and inside the classroom.


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SIAST Policy for the Instructor Session

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Susan McIntyre, Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs addressed SIAST IInstructors and Program Heads on September 20, 2012.  The session covered an overview of topics including policies (Student Conduct A-2.5/Student Appeal A-2.7); procedural fairness; student rights and responsibilities; process and preventing misconduct and appeal.

The session was meant to inform the SIAST instructor about key SIAST policy and how it affects the instructor and their students.  The PowerPoint presentation may be viewed.

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