OCL4ED & Creative Commons

OCL4ED posterI started the Open Content Licensing for Educators online course on WikiEducator today. It is a free open course that runs for 5 days. I am already familiar with the concepts of open learning and open educational resources as I have been an advocate of open resources for the past few years and a WikiEducator user since 2007. I license most of my work under creative commons licenses and I encourage my students to “give back to the community” by publishing their work under a creative commons license. We obtain much of the information and photos for our own creations from the work others openly publish on the web and I believe we should return the favour in kind by adding our own work to the open web.

Since starting my Masters research (2009) I have delved more deeply into open content licensing and open learning so when I saw WikiEducator advertising this course I thought I would  take the opportunity to update my knowledge and learn whatever I could.

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It’s not the ideal time for me to do this course (but, then when is it ever ideal) as I am currently facilitating an online course for my Masters research, I am still creating the evaluation tools and video examples for the final week of the eDesign course and I’m in the final throws of writing the literature review for my research, which is due 15 Feb. Hopefully, I will be able to maintain my determination to commitment  1 – 1.5 hours per day to complete this course 🙂

Tara Taylor-Jorgensen’s facilitator introduction video caught my attention about how the course had changed her views about using the NC clause on the creative commons license and after reading the information about “The Case for Free Use: Reasons Not to Use a Creative Commons -NC License” I am now a convert and will no longer apply the NC  restriction to my CC licensed work. In fact I have already changed the license on my Google doc templates for the eDesign course to reflect my new viewpoint.

It was an interesting coincidence that Keith Lyons (an online acquaintance was also participating in a wiki course today> In his blog post Wiki Workshop January, 2012 he discusses a comment made by Michael Gove in a recent speech at BETT

The essential requirements of the National Curriculum need to be specified in law, but perhaps we could use technology creatively to help us develop that content (Grove, 2012).

This comment and Keith’s post reflects my views about students as creators of content and the role technology can play in helping them research and develop useful reusable artefacts that would be of benefit to themselves and others if published in an open learning environment.

In the next iteration of the Living and Learning with Technology course, we have consolidated the learning tasks and modified the group task so students can collaborate more easily by using a wiki to create their unit of work. This iteration is still under construction, but I will add a link on a future post once the companion website has been created.

I wonder what others think about open content licensing and open educational resources?