Multimedia and Copyright

Copyright is a complex issue that educators and students must navigate.  Copyright means having a legal right to copy, distribute, license and exploit works created.  Students and teachers have original works that have been created and could be subject to such copyright and fair use laws.  When mixed with multimedia and social network learning special care must be taken.  I have found an excellent guideline for determining the meaning of educational multimedia according to PBS:

“Educational multimedia” means those projects that combine educators’ or students’ original material (such as course notes or commentary) with copyrighted media in any format (such as video, music, text, graphics, illustrations, photographs, or software) into an integrated presentation as part of a systematic learning activity of a nonprofit educational institution. (2010)

How do you feel about copyright and fair use?  Does this concern you?  Inhibit you and your style of teaching?  Please leave a comment or take my poll, I would love to hear views from my peers.

PBS Teachers- Educational Multimedia (2010).  Retrieved November 28, 2010 from

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Hello world!

Welcome to my blog about social network and multimedia learning.

What is multimedia?  Back when I was in grade school multimedia could be explained as watching a movie in the classroom, watching a slideshow with hundreds of slides on the carousel, or listening to a broadcast of history through an lp or record.  Today the learners have such items as podcasts, YouTube videos, and online digital slideshows!  Multimedia can be simply stated as multiple forms of media integrated together to enhance the learning.  The learner is interacting with the material through words, text, audio, video, and images.  As stated by Clark and Mayer (2008, p. 68) “people learn more deeply from words and graphics than from words alone.”   Multimedia has its advantages to integration in the classroom.  It builds collaborative relationships, it teaches real world skills in conjunction with technology, and it presents information in a compelling way.

Another form of interaction is social media.  Why should we care about social media?  Social media is a way to turn communication into interactive dialogues.  Social media blends technology with social interaction.   Social media is here to stay.  With the exponential growth of social sites such as Twittter, Facebook, and LinkIn, blogs, and wikis teaching as well as training needs to harness the power of these tools.  The value of using social media to communicate is a way to set up meetings, brainstorm, collaborate, participate, and build a community of like minded individuals.

By combining social network and multimedia learning you can achieve a powerful weapon to enhance deeper learning and stimulate interest.  These methods are becoming increasingly important avenues to reach our learners.

In this web site/plc I am investigating tools, tips and tricks on how to integrate multimedia and social networking into teaching learners and training employees.  I encourage you to add to my collection.  Please feel free to add examples of your resources too!


Clark, R. C., & Mayer, R. E. (2008). e-Learning and the science of instruction: proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer.

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