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Training Resources about Authors' Rights published by Wiki in Africa

Authors: Anthere and Islahaddow

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Summary: Wiki in Africa has just published a French Wikibook Ressources pédagogiques relatives au droit d'auteur. We created teaching materials and assignment models to support teachers as they introduce copyright, Creative Commons licenses, and licensing attribution to their students. The target audience is aimed at students (10-15-years-old) in French-speaking Africa, although the material can be used across francophone regions. The project was selected as one of the six projects supported by the Creative Commons Open Education Platform Activities Fund in 2020 [1].

The Wikibook (Ressources pédagogiques relatives au droit d'auteur) offers a curated set of resources to support teachers in their lessons on, and introductions to, the concepts of intellectual and artistic works, copyright, Creative Commons licenses, and the best attribution practices to use when reusing works produced by others. The resources and lesson plans are presented in the form of 3 modules, of increasing difficulty. The first module is intended for 9-13-year old children, while the subsequent modules are intended for classes of 11-to-14-year-old children.

The training materials include:

  • information resources on copyright for teachers,
  • materials (a storybook, posters, videos, etc.) to use in class with the students, and
  • suggestions of, and instructions for, activities to be carried out with the young people.

The training content and resources provided are accessible to all French speakers, but it has been designed specifically for African students with poor access to the internet. This explains some deliberate design choices:

  1. The Wikibook is made available on the internet on the site, but it is also made available for use in an offline situation (for example as a downloadable file that can be added to tablets, servers, or local computers.);
  2. Most of the French-language copyright-related resources found on the Internet have been designed with either French law or Canadian law in mind. As far as possible, the documents proposed do without these specificities, or failing that, do not adopt the point of view of any specific country;
  3. Most of the French-speaking resources found on the Internet make heavy reference to digital uses, in particular associated with the use of the internet (which is quite logical since it is the multiple possibilities offered by the internet that pushes the need to quickly train young people in copyright). These resources (such as application exercises for searching for information on the Internet) are suitable when addressing young people who have access to a personal computer at home, have a personal smartphone, and have an unlimited 4G/ wifi connection. However, they are not suitable for young people who have little to no access to the internet. The material offered in this Wikibook provides a gentle way that helps young people to discover the concepts of copyright and to provide them with the skills required as future digital citizens. On the other hand, the Wikibook does not offer exercises that require internet access. All lessons can be conducted in a disconnected or offline situation.

The issue of access to open educational resources is very important in the French-speaking countries of the South. But it is also important that young people quickly learn the basics of copyright, both as users and as creators of content. Regardless of the connectivity situation, the content offered approaches copyright from a fun, positive, and creative angle rather than a repressive one.

Finally, it should be noted that all the content offered is published under a free license. Coming from different authors, they are published under a CC-BY or CC-BY-SA, or CC0 license. This means (among other things) that all its content can be reworked, translated and adapted to the situation of the country, the school, or according to the age of the pupils.

The Wikibook and its resources have been conceptualized and created by Anthere and Islahaddow from Wiki in Africa. The project was supported by Creative Commons as one of the six projects funded through the CC Open Education Platform Activities Fund [2].

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