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Collaborating on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Using Monash resources

A guide for academics on using library expertise and resources to enhance their MOOCs

Resources authored by lead academics

For resources that you have created – do you still own copyright in them? If you have transferred copyright to the publisher or granted them an exclusive licence you may not have the right to use this work in the MOOC.

  • The copyright adviser can check your agreement or the policies of the publisher as to what rights you retain. We can ask the publisher for permission to use the work.
  • You may need to pay permission fees or open access fees to make the work available. This will need to be factored into the budget.
  • In one example, the author did retain some rights to post an older version of the article online but this was not the preferred version as it didn’t include changes from peer review. So even when you retain some rights under publisher agreements, these rights may not be sufficient to allow use in a MOOC.

If you have any questions about what rights you retain under publishing agreement, please contact the copyright adviser .

Resources authored by other Monash academics

If you want to use resources that have been authored by other Monash academics, Monash will often own the copyright and so you won’t need special permission (although it might be courteous to contact the author to let them know you are using the work).

  • If the work is a ‘scholarly work’ as defined under the Dictionary of the Vice-Chancellors regulations (PDF, 282kb), Monash assigns copyright back to the academic, subject to a licence to Monash to use, modify or adapt the work for the University’s teaching, education or research purposes.
  • This reuse licence means that you can reproduce resources in your MOOC that other Monash academics have created (‘scholarly works’) where they retain the copyright.

BUT where the Monash academic has transferred copyright to a publisher, Monash and the author will no longer have the rights. Then the considerations are the same as above, resources authored by lead academics.

Making or using Audio or video recordings of Monash academics

Where you are recording Monash academics for the MOOC, it is good practice to get an agreement in writing stating that they consent to the recording being used for the MOOC.

If you are hiring a videographer to make the recordings, ensure that you have a proper transfer of copyright in the contract of services, otherwise the contractor will own copyright in the film.

Making or using Audio or video recordings of non-Monash participants for the MOOC

If you are recording guest speakers or interviewing non-Monash participants for the MOOC, you need a permission form. It should clearly state that they grant permission for the recording and for that recording to be used in the MOOC.

  • You may want to repurpose parts of the MOOC for use in Monash courses or other purposes (promotion) so you need to make sure that your agreement is broad enough to include those uses also.
  • This form can be used as a template recording guest lecturers in Monash courses (DOCX, 49kb)

If you are hiring a videographer to make the recordings, ensure that you have a proper transfer of copyright in the contract of services, otherwise the contractor will own copyright in the film.