2. Open Licensing

Because all creative works are copyrighted to the fullest extent of the law the instant they are created, if you want to share your lecture notes, videos, textbooks, and other educational materials in a way that allows others to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them, you have to apply an open license to your work. Creative Commons provides freely available open licenses that are currently applied to 500 million online resources. This module introduces Creative Commons and its open licenses.

A video introducing Creative Commons licensing by http://creativecommons.org.nz, licensed CC BY

After watching the video, spend some time exploring these additional resources:

Activities for Open Licensing

Now that you understand a bit about Creative Commons and open licensing, use Google's advanced search feature to identify 5 - 10 CC licensed materials that are interesting to you either personally or professionally. Create a blog post in which you, (1) describe the topic you went searching for, (2) tell us why it is interesting to you, (3) link to the resources you found, and (4) describe some of the reuses, revisions, and remixes you might make of these materials.

If you prefer talking to writing, fire up your webcam and create a YouTube video in which you answer 1, 2, and 4. Then make a blog post answering 3 with links and with your YouTube video embedded.

Remember - to submit (aka share) your work all you have to do is publish your blog post and link to it in a comment below!

For related activities, see https://p2pu.org/en/groups/teach-someone-something-with-open-content/ and https://p2pu.org/en/groups/get-cc-savvy/


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