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Educational Use of Content

Educational Use of Content in the Digital Age is a research project funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. The project considered (1) the ways in which digitization alters the use of content by teachers and scholars in their educational mission; (2) what obstacles (legal, technical, or institutional) prevent the full potential of digital learning; and (3) what reforms might improve the situation. Professor William W. Fisher III is the lead investigator. Berkman Fellow William McGeveran and Berkman student fellow Jackie Harlow coordinated the project.

In August 2006 we released "The Digital Learning Challenge: Obstacles to Educational Uses of Copyrighted Material in the Digital Age." This foundational white paper reports on the  year-long study examining the relationship between copyright law and education by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and led by Berkman Center Faculty Director William W. Fisher III and Berkman Fellow William McGeveran.  The study explores whether innovative educational uses of digital technology everything from DVDs in the classroom to digital music libraries to online resources such as Wikipedia -- are hampered by copyright restrictions. 

"The Digital Learning Challenge" is available in HTML and PDF. An interview with McGeveran about the project is available through AudioBerkman.

Click here for an updated project status report.