What Campus Leaders Need to Know about Copyright and Intellectual Property

With the rapid move to online learning, many questions have arisen around copyright and intellectual property. What are the policy implications when moving from face-to-face to online? What are essential principles you and your staff need to know to ensure IP is protected and that your institution is proactive about compliance?

Join us for a conversation with experts who will answer your questions and cover the following:

  • Intellectual property.
  • Legal definitions of college-owned intellectual property.
  • Copyright.
  • Patents.
  • Commercial benefits.
  • Implications for face-to-face and online.
  • Open Educational Resources.
  • Who needs to be included in policy conversations?

“What Campus Leaders Need to Know about Copyright and Intellectual Property” was on July 23 at 11:00 AM PDT / Noon MDT/ 1:00 PM CDT/ 2:00 PM EDT. WCET webcasts take place via Zoom.

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The webcast will be recorded and available on the webpage shortly after the live session.


Jim BurgerJim Burger, Partner; Thompson Coburn
Burger is a partner in the Thompson Coburn Lobbying & Policy and Intellectual Property groups. He works on legal and policy issues at the intersection of digital technology, copyright, and government regulation. Burger represents FIRST (the K-12 STEM program) on federal issues; represents technology companies on copy protection rules for DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and digital downloads; and advises clients on artificial intelligence IP issues. Burger represents education and technology clients before the Administration, Congress, and Copyright Office on IP law issues. Burger taught Copyright at Georgetown Law School and served seven years as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Jonathan PoritzJonathan Poritz, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Teaching and Learning; Colorado State University Pueblo
Jonathan Poritz is associate professor of mathematics and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Colorado State University Pueblo. Before CSU Pueblo, Poritz was one of those tattered minstrel mathematicians one sees wandering dusty backroads with nothing but chalk on his coat and a theorem on his lips: in total, he was a student or faculty member at around a dozen universities in five time zones on two continents. Poritz has written two OER textbooks, serves on Colorado’s Open Educational Resources Council, and, in his spare time, teaches the Creative Commons Certificate course. See poritz.net/jonathan for more information.

Rebecca Van de VordRebecca Van de Vord, Assistant Vice President of AOI, and Director of Learning Innovations; Washington State University
Rebecca Van de Vord is assistant vice president and director of learning innovations for Washington State University’s division of Academic Outreach and Innovation. Van de Vord completed her MA and Ph.D. in WSU’s Murrow College of Communication as well as a graduate certificate in instructional design, also from WSU. Van de Vord worked several years as an instructional designer for online classes and one year as special assistant to the provost for student success. She is committed to fostering instructional methods that enhance student access, success, and retention.


Rob CoyleRob Coyle, Assistant Vice President, Course Development; University of Maryland Global Campus
Rob Coyle has spent the last two decades helping learners acquire knowledge and develop new skills, both as a teacher and by collaborating with other educators to create meaningful learning experiences for students at all levels. As assistant vice president for course development at University of Maryland Global Campus, Coyle works with education and learning design experts alongside leaders from undergrad, grad, and doctoral programs to help define an entirely new learning model that supports the unique needs of UMGC students. His team collaborates with faculty and subject matter experts to design entire programs and courses that leverage experiential learning, digital storytelling, career-relevant competencies, true authentic assessments, and extensive use of open educational resources.