e-Learning can be defined as 'learning facilitated and supported through the use of information and communications technology'. It can cover a spectrum of activities from the use of technology to support learning as part of a 'blended' approach (a combination of traditional and e-learning approaches), to learning that is delivered entirely online. Whatever the technology, however, learning is the vital element.

JISC Legal provides legal guidance for those developing, delivering and managing e-Learning materials.

MOOCs – Your Legal Questions Answered (31 March 2014)

This guidance is for staff in universities and further education colleges involved in developing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and considers the legal issues focussing particularly on the intellectual property rights and data protection issues.

3D Digitisation and Intellectual Property Rights Video (12 March 2014)
Jisc Legal has produced a short video 3D Digitisation and Intellectual Property Rights which focuses on the intellectual property rights that may require consideration when embarking upon 3D digitisation projects.
Social Media Top Tips (18 February 2014)

Jisc Legal's Top Tips for managing the use of social media effectively.

Social Media for Staff Legal Checklist (18 February 2014)
A short reference guide for universities, colleges and learning providers to ensure risks are recognised and managed appropriately, while clarifying for staff what the boundaries are.
Social Media for Staff Policy Template (10 February 2014)

This template is to help learning providers consider relevant issues, make decisions (according to their own risk appetite) on how social media use will be implemented and regulated, and to write a social media policy that is fit for their purpose.

Copyright Law for e-Learning Authors (16 October 2013)

Guidance for e-learning authors on copyright infringement, defences and licences.

Facing up to Facebook: A Guide for FE and HE (02 October 2013)

In this guide, you’ll find summaries of the key legal considerations of using Facebook in an FE and HE context.

Intellectual Property Law Essentials (2 October 2013)

A simplified step-by-step guide to intellectual property law for UK colleges and universities.

Strategic Management of IPR for OER in UK HE (12 August 2013)

This paper is written in the context of the JISC and Higher Education Academy Open Educational Resources Programme (Phase 2), and aims to address some of the background issues regarding management of intellectual property rights (IPR) in UK universities.

Law, Technology and Assessment (14 February 2013)
This paper considers the legal issues which may arise in relation to the use of e-assessment in UK further and higher education.
3D Digitisation and Intellectual Property Rights (17 January 2013)
This guidance is intended to assist 3D digitisation projects with intellectual property rights issues, including copyright, design rights, moral rights, trade marks and patents.
Mobile Technologies and the Law Overview (19 November 2012)
This paper considers the legal issues likely to arise from the use of mobile devices by colleges and universities. It is relevant for staff with responsibility for planning and managing the introduction and use of mobile technologies in their institution and for lecturers, researchers and support staff using or supporting the use of mobile technologies.
Moral Rights and OERs - Overview (27 April 2012)
The purpose of this Moral Rights and OERs Overview paper is to guide publishers of open educational resources (OERs) on the meaning of moral rights, when and how these impact on the creation of OERs and measures which may be taken in order to avoid infringement of moral rights.
Moral Rights and OERs - Essentials (27 April 2012)
The purpose of this Moral Rights and OERs Essentials paper is to provide publishers of open educational resources (OERs) with a summary of when and how moral rights impact on the creation of OERs.
Mobile Technologies and the Law Top Tips (16 April 2012)
Copyright and accessibility law need to be considered when using mobile devices. To help give you confidence in your compliance with the law, here are top tips for getting to grips with copyright and accessibility when using mobile devices.
Law, ICT and Sixth Form Colleges (20 February 2012)
This guidance is intended for staff in sixth form colleges and aims to provide a helpful overview to key legal issues relevant to sixth form colleges in the development and use of ICT.
Security, Mobile Devices and Data Protection (13 February 2012)
This guidance is intended for those in colleges and universities with responsibility for data protection, and for those involved in the introduction and use of mobile devices.
Creative Commons Terminology Guide (27 January 2012)
Creative Commons (CC) is a US based charitable corporation. It is also a network of volunteer organisations around the globe that work independently but in coordination with each other to promote the use of CC licences. CC licences are standardised copyright licences which grant permission to use copyright works, in accordance with the particular standard set of conditions selected by the copyright owner (“licensor”).
Recording Lectures and the Law Top Tips (22 December 2011)
These top tips serve as a quick reminder of the main areas to be addressed and sources of help available when recording lectures.
Personal Data and Consent Management: A Briefing Paper (16 November 2011)

This guidance is designed to help institutions deal with consent management when sharing personal data across and between institutions and external service providers.

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e-Learning Newslinks

New Regulation for Collecting Societies Comes into Force

The Copyright (Regulation of Relevant Licensing Bodies) Regulations 2014 came into force on the 6 April 2014.

Keeping Young Learners Safe in Education - Guidance

All school and college staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which people can learn.

EU Directive Collective Rights Management

The EU Directive on the collective management of copyright and multi-territorial licensing of online music has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  

Copyright Education Exceptions to be Changed

Changes to education relevant copyright law to come into force on 1 June 2014.

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Recent JISC Legal Events
HEA Academy - Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum Lunchbyte (24 April 2014, Online)

This webinar will provide a brief Introduction to Jisc Services, and will offer an overview of the extensive range of resources that can assist in exploiting both technologies and effective practice in order to embed inclusion into everyday practice.
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