E-Activity - Remix and reflection

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e-Learning activity summary

Title: Reuse, revise, remix and redistribute Creative Commons resources plus reflection
2 hours
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Stimulus resources

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The purpose of this E-Activity is to:
  • provide an authentic introductory experience on sourcing and remixing resources available under Creative Commons licenses;
  • demonstrate your knowledge of license compatibility among license types and how this impacts on the licensing of derivative works;
  • demonstrate your knowledge of copyright and Creative Commons by publishing an open reflection of the experience.

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  1. Choose a concept or idea on which to base an interesting blog post to share with fellow students. Think carefully: the nature of the topic you post may impact own the ownership of the copyright of what you are posting in terms of your employment agreements or contracts.
  2. Think about the Creative Commons license you would like to apply to your blog post as this may influence your search parameters for the required open materials you source for reuse in this post.
  3. Before you commence searching for Creative Commons resources, please read the learning outcome actions below regarding the license requirements for artefacts to be included in your blog remix.
  4. Search for openly licensed text relating to your concept or idea which you can copy, reuse and modify for your blog post.
  5. Search for a few images you could potentially use to illustrate or add visual appeal to your blog post. In this way you will be able to choose the "best" image from a short list. Remember to bookmark or keep the urls of the images you find.
  6. Tip: When using search engines to narrow down options for particular license choices always check the license and or terms of reference at the source site. When in doubt -- consider the source to be all rights reserved even if the search engine suggests otherwise.

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Learning outcome actions

Prepare a blog post of approximately 700 - 900 words in two parts:
  1. Write about a topical concept or interesting idea of your choice (400 - 500 words). You don't need to restrict the topic to education, it could be a hobby or personal interest. This component of the blog must include:
    • Text you can legally copy and modify about 300 words.
    • Sources from a minimum of three different Creative Commons license types or open usage declarations (this is intended to explore your knowledge and the challenges associated with license compatibility when choosing the license for redistribution).
    • Over and above the Creative Commons sourced material, this section of the post must also include an extract of all rights reserved content legitimately used under the exception provisions of your national copyright act.
    • You must include at least one image in your post which can count as one of the required license types for this post.
    • Based on your preferred license preference and the legal requirements of the materials you have copied for reuse and adaptation in your blog, you must apply a Creative Commons license for your derivative work which meets the legal requirements for remix compatibility.
    • Your blog post must include proper attributions for the materials you have reused.
  2. In the second part of this blog, write up a short reflection of about 300 words based on your experiences of this activity. Questions you could address, for example, include:
    • Did you need to change your preferred licence choice, and if so why?
    • Who owns the copyright of your blog post? Did this impact on what Creative Commons material you could source? Justify your answer.
    • Does the license you applied meet the requirements of a free cultural works approved license? If not, would it be possible to achieve a free cultural works approved license given the requirements for the number of different license types or open usage declarations required for this post.
    • Any other reflections or observations worth sharing with fellow students.
  3. Important: Log into WikiEducator and register your blog post which is required for tracking minimum participation metrics.