Visiting speaker Jessica Reyman, Ph.D., associate professor and director of graduate studies in Rhetoric and Professional Writing at Northern Illinois University will provide two opportunities on Wednesday, May 10, to gain a better understanding of copyright and fair use as they apply to online and traditional higher education at Harper.

These sessions are open to all faculty and staff. Attend either or both sessions and take ownership of your copyright knowledge!

Copyright in Online Teaching & Learning: Webinar with Presenter Dr. Jessica Reyman

This webinar will focus on the copyright considerations specific to teaching and learning online. Participants will learn about the provisions of U.S. copyright law, such as fair use, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and the TEACH Act, that apply to their online teaching activities. Participants will also learn more about their rights as creators of online course content. As a result of this webinar, participants will be better prepared with best practices for engaging in teaching and learning activities that make legal and responsible use of materials in online education.

This session will be run in the new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and participants can join the session from on or off campus. A recording of the session will be available after the live session.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (CST)
  • Location: Virtual Session in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (link to session will be emailed in advance to registrants)
  • Register for the webinar.

Copyright & Fair Use in Higher Education: Hands-on Workshop with Presenter Dr. Jessica Reyman

This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of copyright law as it applies to the work of faculty, staff, and administrators in higher education. Participants will receive an introduction to the copyright provisions and exceptions, including fair use, that apply to our work as teachers, scholars, and instructional support staff. The session will include an interactive discussion of common scenarios about copyright. Workshop participants will come away with answers to questions about copyright and a more informed approach to managing copyright as content creators and educators.

Outcomes for Webinar & Workshop

Through the webinar and workshop, participants will:

  • Explore copyright in terms of implications for both programmatic (macro) and course-specific (micro) contexts;
  • Discuss the ways in which copyright law affects their work as teachers, scholars, and administrators;
  • Develop a stronger sense of the different orientations and needs related copyright in higher education, including online teaching and learning environments;
  • Leave with approaches and ideas for engaging with copyright issues in their classrooms and units; and
  • Become advocates of more ethical and responsible practices for managing copyrighted works.
Presenter: Dr. Jessica Reyman

Jessica Reyman, Ph.D., is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of English at Northern Illinois University. She has presented at national conferences and published on issues related to copyright in higher education for the past 15 years. Her scholarship has appeared in the journals College English, College Composition and Communication, and Technical Communication among others. Her book Toward a Rhetoric of Intellectual Property: Copyright Law and the Regulation of Digital Culture was published by Routledge in 2010. She has advocated for informed and responsible use of copyrighted materials in teaching and research, especially in new digital contexts. She is currently serving as chair of the Intellectual Property Caucus for the Conference on College Composition and Communication (a branch of the National Council for Teachers of English).

For questions about either of these sessions, please contact Melissa Baysingar, Instructional Design Specialist, at 847.925.6719,