Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Authentic Material and Requesting Copyright Permission to Use it

If you create a test with authentic materials and you want to share that test with others, you should do a few things:

(1) In your test, cite the source and the date the material was downloaded/acquired. I normally print this right under the borrowed material in small font. If you modified the original material, note that the material has been modified by you.

(2) Download the source material and save it on your own site or computer because the original may go away. A good program from ripping, for example, video from YouTube is this one: After you have saved the material (picture, text, audio or video), put it where you (and your future test takers) can access it, like  on a more secure and freely accessible website (YouTube is banned in some countries, so linking to material on that site is never a good idea because maybe some of your population won't be able to access it, besides, the material could be taken down at any time). A good site you can use to store your audio/video media is Viewpoint Sign up for a free account and put your ripped materials there, and then in your test you can link to the materials through the Viewpoint server (Viewpoint URLs and embed code).

(3) Request copyright permission. You can do this by emailing or mailing a form like the one below to the people who own the material. Keep a database of all the copyright requests you have made. If you hear back with a yes, great! You are secure in using the material as you described you would use it. If you get a no, take it off the test. If you don't hear back, well, this is a fuzzy area. You could drop the material or maybe use it, but if you use it, I would say this is at your own risk. I sometimes go ahead and use material for which I hear nothing back after requesting copyright, but I keep a record of having asked permission. I often do NOT hear back from source owners in China, Africa, or the Middle East, and this could be because in those countries copyright permissions are normally not requested, and therefore your request just gets thrown away. So no response may be expected. Again, this a gray area. If I am not selling the test, I may use material for which I got no response after requesting copyright, but I still properly cite the source on the test.

Rule of law: Always ask for permission, cite properly, and don't sell or reproduce anything unless you have permission!

Gray area: You will have to use your discretion in using material for which you have requested copyright but did not receive a response. At least keep a copy of the request and document when you made the request (and two whom you sent the request) and cite the material properly in your test.

Good luck!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Presentations in Dallas (AAAL & TESOL) 2013

I gave three presentations in Dallas in March 2013. Here are the PowerPoints, the handouts, and a link to one of the papers.

Click on the link and the paper or object will either come up and you can save it to your computer, or you can download the attachment (the PowerPoint or PDF) by selecting "Save as...".

(1) Winke & Lim, ESL Raters' Cognitive Processes (AAAL):

(2) Winke, Investigating the Reliablity and Validity of High-stakes ESL Tests (TESOL):

(3) Levine & Winke, Motivation in a Homogenous IEP: The Big Picture (TESOL):

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

CeLTA Workshop on Designing and Using Rubrics for Classroom Assignments and Assessments

On October 8, 2010 I gave a workshop for CeLTA at MSU on designing and using rubrics for classroom assignments and assessments. Below are links to the Power Point (saved as a.pdf file) and the handout (another .pdf) from the workshop. Contact me if you have any questions!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Formatting your papers according to the APA Manual, 6th edition, using Styles in Word 2010

Have you always wanted an APA-formatted template for creating APA-formatted Word docs? Now you can have one, made by me! RIGHT CLICK on this link (Mac users, Right-click by holding down the Control key and clicking) and select "Save file," "Save file as," "Save link," or "Save link as" to download this template to your computer. Save the file as a template in your Trusted Templates or Templates folder on your computer. (If you don't right click you will see a web page with gibberish--so try again.)

Once this template (.dotx file) is downloaded to your Templates or Trusted Templates folder, when you open Word, you can select "Open" (under the File tab) and select this template, use it to create your document. Save your work as a regular Word file.

Problems downloading and using? Email me ( Missed the workshop on how to use the template? You can teach yourself by familiarizing yourself with the following:

(1) Style Basics in Word:

(2) How to create a Table of Contents (or Table of Tables, Table of Figures, List of Appendices, etc.) in Word: