Open Educational Repositories, Intellectual Property Rights, Creative Commons and Non-Commercial Web Licenses - Consent Commons – Ask the Expert!

Suzanne Hardy, Senior Advisor, Faculty of Medical Sciences Newcastle University, UK, elegantly presented her interests and passion about copyright, consent and policy tools to facilitate the sharing of teaching resources that include patients’ recordings. We do not always provide consent in teaching as we do in conducting research. We are all PIRATES! A background of educational costs in the UK was provided. The OER definition was provided as well as the publication information by Hylen, J. (2007). Giving Knowledge for Free….Suzanne explained “sharing openly is good” and provided reasons for sharing openly. Some include public money, transparency and accountability, equality of access, increased utility, etc. Sharing open educational resources saved 50% of funds.
Suzanne included barrier to sharing in an open manner and the importance of understanding Creative Commons licensing. She proposes we create tools to assist individuals with learning how to share in an open manner. Teachers need to be persuaded and encouraged to share and to use other individual resources. She suggests we participate in and create workshops and training in copyright, Intelligent Property Rights (IPR), consent and, work with professional regulatory bodies to support guidance and policies and procedures.
The presenter shared with the audience research conducted around creating “consent commons” and this led to “Making and Using Clinical and Healthcare Recordings for Learning and Teaching” website that provides ethical and professional guidance.
Suzanne encouraged the audience to cite individual works and to follow policies, disclaimers and risk, as well as “take out liability insurance.” A big emphasis was made on “consent” or “engendering trust”. She engaged the audience by handing out a paper about consent. Consent is not copyright/IPR but it is defined by the principles in the Data Protection Data 1998 and Human Rights Act 1998 and involves teachers, students, role players and the considerations are “people, patients, dead people/patients, existing recordings, new recordings one is planning to produce.

An overview of Creative Commons License, Version 4.0, was provided and the link to the public discussion around version 4.0 is
Suzanne encouraged the audience participants to add to the public discussion. Actively drive change and the Xpert tool is very popular with the students. It is a search engine and add “attribution” after the link to search for materials that are attributed.
“Commit to open education pledge” was highly encouraged by the presenter and the link is
Various questions were lively entertained and answered in a professional manner.
Comment: Be certain to check out and use Creative Commons when considering publication of your work and sharing materials on the Internet.  
Respectfully submitted,
Margaret Hansen ~ Rapporteur of this session