iRights.Lab Co-oper­ates with the Stand­ing Con­fer­ence of the Min­is­ters of Edu­ca­tion and Cul­tur­al Affairs (KMK)

Thanks to the Euro­pean Commission’s eTwin­ning pro­gramme, teach­ers can work togeth­er on joint projects over the inter­net. This rais­es legal ques­tions, which we are attempt­ing to answer on behalf of the Ped­a­gog­i­cal Exchange Ser­vice, for the KMK.

Teach­ers at schools from pre-school insti­tu­tions to voca­tion­al train­ing col­leges can net­work with other class­es over the eTwin­ning plat­form, to exchange ideas and learn from each other. In Ger­many alone, over 7,500 schools are mak­ing use of this oppor­tu­ni­ty.

Where two or more class­es are reg­is­tered for the same project, they have access to what is called the Twin­Space, a closed work­space sim­i­lar to an online class­room. But what teach­ing mate­ri­als does copy­right law allow them to upload? How do per­son­al rights need to be respect­ed? What do users need to bear in mind when it comes to data pro­tec­tion law? For these and other legal ques­tions, the iRights.Lab got togeth­er with the KMK Edu­ca­tion­al Exchange Ser­vice (Päd­a­gogis­chen Aus­tausch­di­enst) and has pro­vid­ed exten­sive answers.

Because teach­ers are in gen­er­al not trained as lawyers, par­tic­u­lar empha­sis has been placed on mak­ing the answer texts com­pre­hen­si­ble to the gen­er­al read­er. The aim is that this will make teach­ers feel taken by the hand so that they do not worry about doing some­thing “wrong”.

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