ERIC Number: ED499223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep-15
Reference Count: N/A
Freedom to Teach and Learn: Educating the Creators and Users of Tomorrow
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Tasked with educating tomorrow's workforce, colleges and institutes maintain an active and dynamic interest in ensuring that all curricula respond to the needs of the marketplace, chosen careers and Canadian innovation and economic growth models. To meet these challenges, the materials selected for training purposes must be relevant, challenging and topical. Copyright, access and the instructional capacities of the Internet and new digital technologies are of keen importance to the educational community. A fair balance between the right to create and own and the right to use and reproduce must be achieved. Encouraging creativity and new development in the arts, cultural, entertainment, software and technology sectors are vital to the success of Canada's innovation agenda. Colleges educate future creator groups and future user groups. Inherent in this charge is the institutional capacity to adopt and transfer a balanced yet encouraging approach to creation and the protection thereof and the application of those creations to knowledge development and the instruction of subsequent generations of Canadians. The Association of Canadian Community Colleges believes that Canada's capacity to innovate and prosper will be enhanced by supportive copyright legislation that takes into consideration the digital age and its implications on the creation, acquisition, pace and use of new knowledge. Canada's colleges, institutes of technology, university colleges and cegeps are tasked with ensuring that their graduates have the requisite skills and knowledge that will allow them to continuously contribute to and create the knowledge and innovation economy sought by Canadians. While the Association fully understands the position of the creator and rights-holder communities, it holds to the view that amendments to the Copyright Act must seek to balance the rights of copyright owners with the unique role and needs of the educational community.
Descriptors: Copyrights, Foreign Countries, Intellectual Property, Research and Development, Information Technology, Electronic Libraries, Information Policy, Access to Information, Community Colleges, Student Educational Objectives
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Canadian Community Colleges.
Identifiers - Location: Canada