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From: Nathaniel Levy <nlevy(a)cyber.law.harvard.edu>
Date: Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Subject: [berkmanfriends] New edX course: Copyright, Spring 2013
Cc: William Fisher <tfisher(a)law.harvard.edu>, Kendra Albert <
We’re excited to announce that Berkman Faculty Director Terry Fisher will
be teaching a version of his Copyright course on the edX platform in the
spring, beginning Jan. 28:
Unlike other “MOOCs” (massive open online courses), Copyright will be
offered to a relatively small cohort of 500 students, who will be admitted
via an application process and supported by a small army of Harvard Law
School Teaching Fellows. The Teaching Fellows will lead weekly, real-time
discussions for course sections.
The application process is open now through Jan 3. We're looking forward
to diverse and international participation, and would very much appreciate
if you could help spread the word to your communities:
- Tweet: https://twitter.com/berkmancenter/status/281801653223559168
- edX Copyright course page:
- edX Copyright application page:
Harvard Gazette story: below.
Terry, Nathaniel, Kendra, and the Copyright team
via the Harvard Gazette:
EdX expansion set for springHarvardX offers courses in humanities, law,
By Michael Patrick Rutter
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Students from around the world can enroll in edX courses, which are
designed specifically for interactive study via the Web. EdX, the online
learning initiative founded by Harvard University <http://www.harvard.edu/> and
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology <http://www.mit.edu/> (MIT),
announced <https://www.edx.org/courses>its spring course and module
With an emphasis on the humanities and the social sciences, topics include
the concept of the hero in classical Greek civilization and literature, the
riddle of world poverty, and global environmental change.
Harvard will offer four new courses during the spring season and several
“beta” learning modules. Although students will be able to register for the
HarvardX and edX courses immediately, the start and completion dates of
each will vary.
The three fully open HarvardX courses are:
- “The Ancient Greek Hero,” taught by Gregory
Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of
comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS);
- “Justice <http://www.justiceharvard.org/>,” taught by Michael
T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, FAS; and
- “Human Health and Global Environmental
by Aaron Bernstein<http://chge.med.harvard.edu/about/people/aaron-bernstein>,
associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at
the Harvard School of Public Health and a pediatric hospitalist at Boston
In addition, “Copyright” will be taught by William Fisher
WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Harvard Law School, and
director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
“Copyright,” which will explore the law of copyright and the ongoing
debates concerning how that law might be reformed, will be offered as an
experimental course, exploring different combinations and uses of teaching
materials, educational technologies, and the edX platform. Enrollment is
limited, based on the belief that high-quality legal education depends, at
least in part, on supervised small-group discussions of difficult issues.
Five hundred learners will be selected through an application process.
There will, however, be open access to course materials via Fisher’s
personal website <http://tfisher.org./>.
Although edX was launched just six months ago, nearly 200,000 people
registered for the first two Harvard courses (CS50x: “Introduction to
Computer Science I” and PH207x: “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in
Clinical and Public Health Research”).
All told, more than 500,000 unique users are engaging with the edX
platform. In addition to courses from the two foundational partners,
Harvard and MIT, in the coming year students will have opportunities to
experience offerings from the University of California, Berkeley; the
University of Texas system; Wellesley College; and Georgetown University.
“We have been surprised and gratified by how faculty have responded to
edX/HarvardX and the opportunity it provides to fundamentally rethink how
we approach teaching,” said Rob
of the practice of molecular and cellular biology and faculty leader for
HarvardX. ”It’s also clear that our first round of courses have had an
outstanding impact on learners around the world. The feedback we have
received from HarvardX students has been tremendously positive, and there
is so much more to come.”
On campus, CS50 and CS50x instructor David
using data insights and self-reports by course bloggers to tweak and
enhance one of the most popular classes at the College.
Beyond campus, the global reach of the edX platform is already showing the
power of massive open online courses (MOOC). U.S. Air Force pilot Michael
Dunn, who is currently stationed in Afghanistan, wrote a letter to the
CS50x teaching team thanking the members for “an amazing experience.” He
also conveyed what he saw as the promise of widening educational access,
writing, “Please continue to make education available to the masses. It’s
the only way we’ll have a permanent, lasting impact in the lives of the
Given the growing interest by faculty and instructors to learn more about
how to build appropriate course content on the platform, Lue will lead a
series of practical workshops in January and February.
“We view edX and HarvardX not only as a way to expand access to
high-quality educational content, but also as an opportunity to enhance
teaching and learning on campus,” said Provost Alan M.
HarvardX is only one part of a broader University effort to develop novel
teaching and learning activities and gain insights on learning and learning
outcomes through research. The Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching
(HILT), created through a gift from Gustave and Rita Hauser, and the Derek
Bok Center for Teaching and Learning both plan to collaborate with the new
“Ultimately, HarvardX will strengthen on-campus learning, which is and will
remain the foundation of a Harvard education,” said Michael D.
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So, I was talking to Lane Rasberry from the Cascadia/New York City/Medicine Chapter(s), and he was inquiring about where we are in the process of chapter formation. I know we have a meeting planned for this spring, but if we want to get this off the ground and start moving forward, we should probably start having monthly or bi-monthly meetings after that in order to form a chapter within the year. We have the support and we are very organized as a proto chapter, and I would like to see if we could set a goal of having a chapter by the end of 2013, and possibly set goals before our next meeting to get this done. Heck, we could even hold the meeting earlier in the year. Since it has been almost a year and a half since we first started talking about this, it would be nice to make some progress in terms of setting goals and setting timelines for us. I’m wondering what you all think, but I would also like to have a goal established for a formation of this chapter, as it would be very good to have one in the region.
While I’m here, are there any objections to moving our meeting date to the weekend, or combining it with proto-chapter meetings? It would be a lot easier for some of us outside of the Boston metropolitan area to attend these meetings if they are on days when school is not the next day, and we could also save money on parking, as Cambridge is quite the opposite of cheap and affordable. Another benefit for doing this is that we could harness our support from the meetup participants, and it would be another step towards productive meetings. Finally, if we could do this on the weekend, we could also bring in more students and professors, as they will not have school to worry about.
Well, that’s all I have to say for now, and I hope that all of you are surviving finals/the holiday season/the impending end of the world.
Apologies for the inevitable cross-posting but I just wanted to get this
out to those of us in the US, which currently has no members on the
Affiliations Committee despite being a major region for potential new
chapter development in the coming years. Please consider volunteering!
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From: Bence Damokos <bdamokos(a)gmail.com>
Date: 12 December 2012 07:48
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] The Affiliations Committee needs you!
To: wikimediaannounce-l <WikimediaAnnounce-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>,
Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
The Affiliations Committee , the committee that is responsible for
guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User Groups and Thematic
Organizations ("affiliates" in short) and approving them when they are
ready is looking for about 6 new members.
The main focus of AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in forming
affiliates. We make sure that the group is large enough to be viable
(and advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance
with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the
Wikimedia Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic
Organizations and User Groups.
This requires communication with volunteers all over the World,
negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to
understand legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill
sets in our members.
Key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate members,
* Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
* Willingness to work in a sometimes bureaucratic, sometimes political
* 4 hours per week availability
* International orientation
* Very good communication skills in English
* Ability to work and communicate with other cultures
* Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the WMF
* Communication skills in other languages are a major plus
* Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus
With the help of the Affiliations Committee, 2012 has been an exciting
year of transformation for the movement with the introduction of new
types of affiliation. This means that the workload of the Committee
has increased and diversified and help is wanted! Currently many
applications to become a Chapter, Thematic Organization or User Group
are in the pipeline and can use your attention and dedication!
You can send your applications with your name, contact data (e-mail,
wiki username), experience and motivation to join to the AffCom email
address, affcom AT lists DOT wikimedia DOT org by January 12, 2013.
You will get a confirmation that your application came through.
Members are usually selected every twelve months for staggered two
year terms. The applications will be considered by the current members
and outgoing members and Committee advisers, who are not seeking
Since I will be a candidate for re-selection myself, this process will
be managed by another committee member, Lodewijk Gelauff. I hope for
many suitable applications. If you have any questions, please don't
hesitate to email me or Lodewijk privately. We are happy to chat or
have a phone call with anyone about our work, if this helps them
decide to apply.
Please distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you
: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee (please
follow the links and familiarize yourself with our work)
: Our member standards of participation are at:
Wikimedia-l mailing list
I know it's short notice, but is anyone interested in doing a little party
for the tenth birthday of Creative Commons licenses?  The CC people are
calling the birthday the week+ of December 7 to December 16. That gives us
two full weekends to find time to do it, if we're interested.
I'd imagine something along the lines of an edit-a-thon... with cake.
Alternatively, we could just do cake. Frosting and keyboards don't tend to
go together very well.
Credit for bringing this up goes to NaBUru38 at