The analysis shows that individuals did not engage in formal training (theoretical knowledge) about ‘copyright’ when teaching a MOOC; neither were they aware about restrictions of copyright to use their own material (e.g. textbooks or other published work). Nonetheless, they learned about copyright by experience, while they were designing and running their MOOCs (practical knowledge). They also reflected on their learning experience about copyright as invaluable because this ‘hula hoop’ of legal services made them identify ownership and license of every single piece of media content in their courses (self-regulative knowledge). They worked collaboratively in order to solve the copyright issues by writing new text to use in their MOOCs, sharing each other’s expertise (sociocultural knowledge) that they could then re-use for other purposes. When they faced challenges they integrated theoretical, practical and self-regulative knowledge to solve problems. For instance, when they could not use images because of ‘copyright’, they were producing their own images that they were then free to reuse.
Knowledge about ‘copyright’ is required in order to teach a MOOC. This study shows that educators are not aware of the aspects of copyright when teaching a MOOC. Acquiring that knowledge is important for educators to do a more effective job. The participants in this study used more informal than formal ways of learning about copyright. Aspects of theoretical knowledge were not as evident in interviewees’ learning, extending the process of preparing a MOOC and requiring them to work outside normal working hours. Theoretical knowledge would be equally important to acquire practical knowledge more effectively. These findings suggest people should be provided with training about potential legal issues before producing video, image and text content. This training will accelerate the MOOC process; institutions and educational platforms will be benefited too.
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