4 reasons to use Creative Commons

Learning with e's

In the social media age, sharing and repurposing are common place. This raises a number of tensions around creativity, intellectual property and copyright. Creative Commons (CC) is a copyright management system that goes a long way to addressing these issues.

What instructional designers should know about Creative Commons


Creative Commons is a tool that is designed to shed some light on the free, ready to use stuff that is out on the web. What instructional designers should know about Creative Commons. The Creative Commons database is very large.

Failure of Creative Commons Licenses

Tony Karrer

I’ve been trying to find out more about specific answers to Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning. I was contacted by someone out of the Creative Commons organization, but in going back and forth with them, we realized that I was looking for legal interpretations which they clearly can’t do. This common interpretation is important if you are going to defend your use of licensed materials.

Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning?

Tony Karrer

And, since Open Content comes in under the Creative Commons license structure. Actually, I’m curious if Open Content ever is not Creative Commons? In any case, to understand the use of Open Content, it’s important to understand Creative Commons licensing. Creative Commons Licensing Terms Creative Commons licensing terms. Most of the OCW content appears to come under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0

Share and share alike

Learning with e's

Since I took the decision to offer all my blogposts and slideshows for free under a Creative Commons License, allowing anyone to freely copy and also repurpose my work, some interesting things have happened. Here''s the entire blog post in French , including original hyperlinks.

The importance of being networked

Learning with e's

Never before have there been so many opportunities to make contact with educators world wide, many of whom have wonderful creative ideas to share. In previous blog posts I have highlighted the need for professionals to share their content for free , and many are doing so.

Dialogue, debate and destinations

Learning with e's

Some notable discussions took place, some of which I can briefly summarise here on this blog. I was challenged by delegates at Solstice to elaborate on the legal and ethical issues of Creative Commons and other Copyleft approaches.

I'm blogging this

Learning with e's

As you might expect, I encourage my students to blog regularly to support their learning. I have written extensively on the benefits of academic blogging , but perhaps the two most important positive outcomes are personal reflection and public dialogue.

Going viral

Learning with e's

For many, blogging is a little like whistling into the wind. It can be soul destroying when it appears that no-one is reading your finely crafted blog post. Clicking on the fourth image to the right on the search results will take you directly to my blog post.

Me and Malcolm McLaren

Learning with e's

The one I considered to be the best was posted up onto my Flickr account , and labelled it for free reuse as I always do, under Creative Commons licencing. I also used the image in my subsequent blog post entitled Karaoke Culture. This is the story behind that photograph.

Giving it all away

Learning with e's

My digital footprint grows each time I post new content, whether it's on this blog, one of my Flickr accounts, or YouTube, Facebook , LinkedIn or Slideshare. Some also embed my slideshows into their own websites and blogs, which disseminates my ideas even further afield.

#blideo - a new blogging challenge

Learning with e's

For the many people who have participated to date, it has been an exercise in creative thinking, and an experience of extending social connections within their personal learning networks. blimage = blog + image. blideo #blimage blogging education learning PLN video

I blog therefore I'm spammed

Learning with e's

Some of the spam comments posted to my blog are amusing. They are almost always posted by 'Anonymous' which seems quite a common name for those sad individuals who spend their time trying to promote their lacklustre or spurious website links on the back of someone else's success.

I blog and I understand

Learning with e's

I blog and I understand. Confucius (almost) Sometime in the next day or two, this blog will quietly cross the threshold of 5 million views. When I started blogging around seven or eight years ago, I set out to share my thoughts with a small community of my own colleagues and friends.

Flickr images for YOU!

E-Learning Acupuncture

Flickr allows its users to grant Creative Commons licenses to their photos and as a result many of these images can be available for YOUR use! There are different types of Creative Commons licenses and Flickr breaks them down for you and categorizes its database of photos accordingly.

Blogging with Freire

Learning with e's

So Freire didn't actually live to see the power and potential of social media, or the impact blogging would have on education. But what would he have said about blogs if he had been witness to the participatory web in all its present glory? Dialogue is what blogging is really about.

Blogging as conversation

Learning with e's

I began blogging because I needed a way to document what I was doing, thinking and studying. I could have simply used a paper based diary, but I decided when I first heard of blogging that it might fulfil the role of an e-diary for me. But blogging is different, because it is immediate.

Blogging about

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The academic world doesn't tend to value blogging as much as it does formally peer-reviewed publications. I have written about this previously, but need to re-emphasise the true value of blogging. Blogging is an excellent medium for professionals to use to crystallise their thinking.

Blogging as literacy

Learning with e's

My view is that in the social media universe, blogging is potentially the most powerful tool. Blogging requires a particular set of literacies to ensure that its potential is realised. One of the most powerful aspects of blogging is its social dimension which includes open discussion.

Reasons teachers don't blog

Learning with e's

I'm a little overwhelmed by the response to my post yesterday entitled Seven reasons teachers should blog which as I write this, is racing toward 2000 views in just 24 hours. Some of those commenting on yesterday's post added further reasons why teachers should blog.

3 things you should know about blogging

Learning with e's

One of the best ways to do this is through blogging - sharing your thoughts, ideas, best practice, and so on, using a public online platform. And then get blogging! I''m on a crusade. I want to encourage as many educators as possible to engage online with their professional community.

Seven reasons teachers should blog

Learning with e's

F rom personal experience blogging is one of the most beneficial professional development activities I have ever engaged with. I learn more from blogging than I do from almost any other activity I participate in. 2) Blogging can crystalise your thinking. Blogging is immediate.

You can't ban the blog

Learning with e's

Argyll and Bute's attempts to censor a 9 year old blogging about her school dinners backfired spectacularly when they were forced to very publicly retract their original decision. The blog has already amassed over 3 million hits.

The truth about blogging

Learning with e's

Anyone who blogs regularly will have discovered several truths. Many people struggle to maintain a regular blog that is consistently good, or at least meaningful. So be careful what you blog - the affordance of persistency is quite a powerful one, and can work either way.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jott This Blog

Learning Visions

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 Jott This Blog I havent had so much time lately to blog, as this project Im working on has been quite grueling. I find my best time for thinking up excellent blog entries is late at night when Im lying in bed. Practice safe blogging while driving!

I think, therefore I blog

Learning with e's

In a recent blog post, I gave seven reasons why teachers should blog. I followed that post up with another highlighting some of the reasons teachers don't blog. Blogging for me has many clear benefits for professionals.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Off Blog

Learning Visions

Friday, July 13, 2007 Off Blog Ill be off the blogging grid for the next week. Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des. Blog Book Tour: Learning in 3D #lrn3d Allison Rossett: ELearning Isn’t What You Think It.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Updating My Blog

Learning Visions

Thursday, July 26, 2007 Updating My Blog Lately, Ive been having blog envy. Wordpress and Typepad blogs look moh bettah to me. Tabs seem more professional, they make a blog feel more like a "real" website. The blogs I envy are very white ( Michele Martins blog comes to mind). Posted by Cammy Bean at 9:34 AM Labels: Blogging 3comments: Michele Martin said. Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Blogging the Personal

Learning Visions

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Blogging the Personal Janet Clareys recent post On Growing Facial Hair is right up my alley of interest. If I were to blog it all, wed be WAY off the topic of instructional design. Bloggings not a contest. Blogs by definition are blabbermouths.

Those who are about to blog.

Learning with e's

If you are considering taking up blogging this year, and wondering what it might involve, I would be happy to offer you a few tips from my own experience. I have been blogging for just over 5 years and during that time have learnt a few things. Firstly, blogging can be time consuming.

35+ ID & Elearning Blogs

Experiencing eLearning

One way I stay connected with the community and what’s happening in the field is by reading blogs by instructional designers, elearning professionals, and educators. If you don’t want to subscribe to all these blogs individually, check out eLearning Learning. More Blogs.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Blogs Personality Type

Learning Visions

Thursday, February 12, 2009 My Blogs Personality Type Well, it isnt very glamorous or creative sounding. But I suppose this is an appropriate description of my blogs personality? Check out your own blogs writing style at Typealyzer. And please, dont leave my blog alone.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Blog-o- the-Month at ISTE Island in Second Life

Learning Visions

Thursday, December 11, 2008 Blog-o- the-Month at ISTE Island in Second Life Imagine my surprise when Scott Merrick contacted me, letting me know that Learning Visions had been nominated as Blog-o-the-month on ISTE Island in Second Life. Nice blog.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Blogging is the new Graduate School

Learning Visions

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Blogging is the new Graduate School Im not the only one getting an informal masters degree out here. In a guest post on the Brazen Careerist, Ryan Healy writes, "maybe blogging is the new graduate school." Twentysomething: Blogging is the new Graduate School It’s ironic, though, because blogging is a way to deal with the biggest problem at the beginning of one’s career: No expertise. This is why more young people should blog.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Blog Readability Test: What a Joke!

Learning Visions

Friday, November 16, 2007 Blog Readability Test: What a Joke! Get a Cash Advance My blog came in at the genius level on the readability test. I suspect that Christys muppet translation will put her blog into the genius level for its illegibility. Posted by Cammy Bean at 1:20 AM Labels: blog , me 4comments: Christy Tucker said. My blog readability test delivered the same result.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Blog of the Week

Learning Visions

Monday, December 10, 2007 Blog of the Week Ego boost alert for this Bean: Donald Taylor has cited Learning Visions as Blog of the Week 13. Your blog is awesome and you know I love your sense of humor and willingness to just say things. Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des. Blog Book Tour: Learning in 3D #lrn3d Allison Rossett: ELearning Isn’t What You Think It.

eLearning: Copyright Caboodle

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What if it's Creative Commons licensed? The first is a video produced by Mohawk Media of New Zealand for  Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand  that does a great job explaining  how Creative Commons licenses work.