Instructions for Session 4 - Creative Commons unplugged

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You should follow the OCL4Ed course according to your own time zone. These instructions are for your Thurs 13 & Fri 14 February 2014

Participation in #OCL4Ed has been amazing. Wow! we now have participants from +56 countries!

We will now learn how to refine our copyright from all rights reserved to some rights reserved. Creative Commons is the air OER breathes and we now have the prerequisite knowledge of copyright to realise this OER potential by returning to the core values of education, that is to share knowledge freely.


We started our #OCL4Ed journey asking ourselves what we deem fair and reasonable practice with reference to sharing of teaching materials (You can still contribute to the online survey and consult the live results.) Our discussions were guided by the values underpinning our educational vocation and profession. We then explored how copyright works with particular reference to the digital environment and international context. We are now well prepared to unleash the potential of OER using Creative Commons licences.

Creative Commons unplugged

In Session 4 we introduce the free legal tools provided by Creative Commons which we can use to refine our copyright. We will explain how Creative Commons works and introduce the six licences. Finally we will learn about the compatibility among the different licences.

We invite participants to share their thoughts and experiences via WikiEducator WENotes, Twitter, Google + and your blogs. (Don't be shy, share your thoughts and learning journey using microblog posts. It's more fun that way.)

Visit the course dashboard or quicklinks below for access to the learning materials.

Have a great day!

With kind regards
Wayne Mackintosh

Note for OCL4Ed considering options for certification

If you are working towards optional certification for participation, please make sure that you consult the participation requirements. You should also consult our tips for OCL4EWd 14.02 page for further information on registration of the required blog posts. Over the next few days we will review and audit the activity register to verify that blog urls correspond with the required activities in the course schedule. Blog registrations which do not meet the specifications will be marked "does not meet the requirements" which typically refers to an incorrect url or registered post which does not match the specified activity in the course schedule. It is the responsibility of OCL4Ed participants to check the accuracy of their submissions. Before we process the final participation metrics posts marked "does not meet the requirements" will be deleted from the registration table.

Quicklinks for Session 4

How can educators refine their copyright for sharing knowledge?

Learning pathway: Creative Commons unplugged

During Session 4 we introduce the free legal tools provided by Creative Commons which educators can use to refine their copyright. The Session starts with a video signpost from Cathy Casserly of Creative Commons. We will explain how Creative Commons works and introduce the six licenses. Finally you will learn about the compatibility among the different licenses. We invite participants to share their thoughts and experiences WEnotes, twitter or Google+ using the #OCL4Ed tag.

Resources to work through

No. Resource link
1 Video signpost - Cathy Casserly
2 Introduction
3 The basics of Creative Commons
4 Overview of the license elements
5 The six Creative Commons licenses
6 Three layers of a Creative Commons license
7 Remix compatibility among the Creative Commons licenses
8 Summary

Learning activities

Activity Description Time Section link
Microblog After watching the video signpost from Cathy Casserly share your thoughts. 3 mins Video signpost
Video reflection View Justin Cone's video: "Creativity builds on the past" 2 mins Introduction
Microblog Post reflections on "Creativity builds on the past" video 2 mins Introduction
Video reflection Meet Creative Commoner, Justin Cone, who provides a behind the scenes reflection on making the video: "Creativity builds on the past" 8 mins Introduction
Microblog Post a few personal reflections after meeting Justin Cone. 3 mins Introduction
Video reflection View the "Wanna work together" video to gain an overview of Creative Commons. 3 mins The CC basics
Microblog Share what you learned with fellow course participants 2 mins The CC basics
Web activity Test your knowledge of the different Creative Commons licenses using the license chooser. 8 mins The CC licenses
Quiz Card game to test your knowledge of license compatibility using a number of remix scenarios. 8 mins Remix game
Microblog Sharing a closing thought about Creative Commons. 3 mins Learning reflection
E-Activity Practical remix, redistribution and licensing of open content materials. 2 hours Remix and relicense