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. They are there to help set up the licenses. But that said, it also shows a failure of the current licenses.

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. Creative Commons licences can enable teachers everywhere to access content and share their ideas freely. Unported License.


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What instructional designers should know about Creative Commons


A smartphone and internet connection make it possible for information to be accessed anywhere and at any time. There is a real bounty of images, videos and infographics on the internet yet this richness comes with the constant worry that they may be protected by copyright. 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.

What works and what doesn’t?

Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

It’s the internet. I try and use good quality royalty free images available under a Creative Commons license, but I am also conscious that they may fall into the trap I describe above. eLearning Collaborate Collaboration Course Design Creative Commons David Hopkins Education Technology Higher Education Leadership Learning Technology Melissa Milloway MOOC Online Course Reflection

A safer Internet?

Learning with 'e's

According to a recent BBC survey of 3500 parents and children, only 8% of parents thought their children had seen something upsetting on the Internet. Only 41% used safeguarding or filtering software when using the Internet. Today is Internet Safety Day , when we celebrate good and appropriate uses of the Web, and share good advice on how to protect vulnerable users from those out there who would seek to harm them. Photo by Joel Bombardier A safer Internet?

Dialogue, debate and destinations

Learning with 'e's

I was challenged by delegates at Solstice to elaborate on the legal and ethical issues of Creative Commons and other Copyleft approaches. Creative Commons, I explained, is a means of circumventing Internet Copyright constraints. Doug and Sue concluded an excellent presentation with the quote from Johnson (2008) who said 'functional internet literacy is not the ability to use a set of technical tools; rather, it is the ability to use a set of cognitive tools'.

Going viral

Learning with 'e's

This results in an amplification of your ideas, but usually, it won't happen unless you license your content for free sharing and repurposing (see my Creative Commons licence at the bottom of this post). Image source Going viral by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. creative commons sharing content social media amplfication viral Katie Hafner

In an Internet minute

Learning with 'e's

The infographic on this page illustrates the sheer volume of user generated content and user activity that occurs every 60 seconds somewhere on the Internet. Mobile phones, tablets and laptops are portable gateways into the Internet, and it is predicted by 2015 that there will be twice as many mobile devices on the planet as there are humans. It also assumes that people will (and are) using more than one device to access the Internet. Unported License.

How To Fill The Void of Missing Powerpoint Clipart

eLearning Brothers

Due to the “internet of things,” Microsoft Office decided to kill off their Clipart library in December 2014. Inconvenience and inconsistent access aside, the main thing that can complicate this approach to sourcing images is the fact that royalty free and Creative Commons may not always be what they seem. Additionally, Creative Commons images may be limited by their application related to commercial use or for eLearning.

Lies, damned lies and the Internet

Learning with 'e's

The alleged murder of Diana, Princess of Wales in Paris in 1997; Elvis Presley faked his own death, and is still alive; Area 51 , a crashed UFO in Roswell, and an Alien/US Government conspiracy; The existence of the Illuminati; a Freemason led conspiracy to instigate a new World Order; and a whole host of other so called 'lunatic fringe' conspiracy theories are propagated through internet websites. Unported License.

Barry Trotter and the virtual world

Learning with 'e's

His irritating little friend Nobby (himself a reformed Internet addict), takes it upon himself to help Barry to quit… We join their conversation in Barry's bedroom - the place where all geek-hood begins. Unported License.

Map to the Internet Time Ecosystem

Jay Cross

For example, we’d walk through the Informal Learning blog to look at an RSS feed, an internal search engine, scanning the 100 most recent posts, a Creative Commons license, and so on. Time after time in my recent workshops on web-enabled informal learning, I found myself using my own sites as examples of learning technologies.

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Opening up #learning: Google in the exam room

Learning with 'e's

He suggested that we should now allow internet access into the exam room, because 'it reflected the way pupils learned and how they would work in the future.' He suggests that Google and Internet enabled devices in the exam room is inevitable. He argued that 'when we are asking a question and we know there is access to the Internet, we could ask a different question - it's about the interpretation, the discussion.' Unported License.

Connected kids

Learning with 'e's

When we are able to connect any object to the Internet and use surfaces as control tools, we will be using the Internet of Things. Tools already being used in schools such as Makey Makey are exploiting this possibility at a rudimentary level (See the video below): One organisation, The Internet of School Things , aims to transform the way children learn about themselves, their world around them and ultimately, how we will shape our future. Unported License.

Falling prophets

Learning with 'e's

The advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web has gathered all media together in one 'place'. Photo by Robert Parvlainen on Flickr Falling prophets by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. books Edison education Internet learning media schools television web Zunuck“Books will soon be obsolete in the schools.

Working space as learning space

Learning with 'e's

It's my creative space, and creative spaces are idiosyncratic, unique to the individual, and places where learning can happen in many different ways, through many different tools and channels. Photos by Steve Wheeler Working space as learning space by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Meet Learner 2.0

Learning with 'e's

They are younger than the Internet and mobile phones, and they don't recall a time when there was no Google or Facebook. by Steve Wheeler was written in Liberec, Czech Republic and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. digital pedagogy education Edutopia FaceBook Google Internet learning metacognition mobile phone Technology university

Digital transformation of our world

Learning with 'e's

He predicts that the four key technologies that will shape the future of our world are Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things and Big Data. Digital transformation of our world by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Our Digital Future 2: Smart clothing

Learning with 'e's

Wearable connected technologies are now common place. Clothing that connects to the Internet means that wherever you go, you take your computer technology with you. The Internet of Things , when it arrives (and some would claim it is already here) will introduce a new global digital infrastructure that features, among other things, ubiquitous sensors. Unported License.

Not so shallow

Learning with 'e's

It''s like many books that have recently critiqued the Internet Age. It has one message - the Internet is dumbing down society by trivialising knowledge. Carr''s book develops this argument a little further by arguing that the things we do on the Internet have a physical effect on our brains. It can be conceded that in the pre-Internet knowledge economy, this set of values would have been agreed by most and it persists today in formal education. Unported License.

All just a click away?

Learning with 'e's

Increasingly, the use of the Internet and other digital tools is coming under the scrutiny of researchers. Tara Brabazon for example argues that internet education is poisoning teaching and learning (see for example her book Digital Hemlock ) and builds the case for a return to more traditional values of education. Nicholas Carr is another critic of the Internet and its effect on learning. Unported License. Everything is just one click away.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Games for Girls.

Learning Visions

CC License ). Now, these were creative hipsters from NYC who worked for cool companies like MTV and Nickelodeon. Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des. Wendy Wickham This work by Cammy Bean is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff.

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Microlearning Video on Shoestring – Script Formatting

Tom Spiglanin

For more information, please see other information available on the Internet. This work by Tom Spiglanin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This work by Tom Spiglanin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Could AI really spell disaster?

Learning with 'e's

My frustrating experience with the check-out robot made me think that the internet of things , and technological ''Singularity'' were actually still quite a distance away. by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. AI computer intelligence humankind learning singularity Stephen Hawking Technology the internet of things Could AI spell disaster?

Things ain't what they used to be

Learning with 'e's

We are about to see the emergence of what Kevin Ashton called ' the Internet of Things '. The next stage, according to this generation of Internet gurus, is to embed smart chip technology, so that objects can have a conversation with our devices. In 2011, the number of smart objects connected to the Internet surpassed the number of people on the planet. Unported License. Not so long ago, objects were simply objects.

Hi-tech campus?

Learning with 'e's

It talked of solar powered bike paths, footfall sensors and other Internet enabled environments. It doesn''t actually demand a high-tech solution, just some common sense. by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. connected eduction Internet learning Plymouth University Sherwell Centre smart Technology

All together now

Learning with 'e's

Shirky shows how, similar to hive and swarm behaviour seen in animals, humans perform in networks and thrive within '' architectures of participation '' - so whilst bees make hives, humans create mobile telephone networks and the internet. Shirky also underlines the importance of one specific aspect of the internet - social media tools - as ''amplifiers'' of ideas and collective actions. Unported License.

Touch and go

Learning with 'e's

In a recent blog post , I wrote about the Internet of Things - a world where every object is connected to the Web. Touch and go by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Swept frequency capacitive sensing Stephen Heppell Technology multi-gesture internet of things Touche disruptive technology Larry Downes context awareness

We need a rethink

Learning with 'e's

I have been blogging with classes for eight years and these common-sense guidelines always work: 1) Be open to parents and allow them to share any concerns. Common sense indeed, but I would also add that schools should encourage and permit children to help teachers co-create the e-safety and school policies on social media use. Where better to teach children about the dangers and risks of using the Internet, than in school? Unported License.

Promoting change in schools

Learning with 'e's

The internet has unleashed countless new resources and caused teachers to rethink what teaching and learning are all about. Tedious and mundane jobs can be automated, liberating teachers to concentrate on the more creative aspects of their professional practice. The internet, for example, can provide children with access to a vast repository of information, learning resources and experiences. Unported License.

I Believe in the Many Emerging Roles for Learning and Development Professionals

Tom Spiglanin

That compelling reason is technology, specifically the Internet, facile access to it, and the pace at which it continues to grow. Employees have become accustomed to rapidly changing technology and have unparalleled access to an exponentially growing body of content and knowledge via the Internet. We must adopt strategies that scale with the exponentially growing content on the Internet and increasingly facile social access to experts around the world. International License.

The Smart eXtended Web

Learning with 'e's

This is significant, because it heralds a new kind of network made not only of knowledge and people, but a network of smart objects, an Internet of Things. The difference, he suggests, is that at present we can command our tools to action in the virtual world, but in the near future, with the advance of the Internet of Things and an emerging capability of the Web to interpret verbs as calls for action, we will be able to command operations in the real world too. Unported License.

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The Web is a Creativity Generator generating a Culture of Creativity

Web Tools for Learners

Whether you are finding the right beautiful photo (with the right Creative Commons license) to illustrate metaphorically the connectivity and the beauty of the internet for a blog post, or whether you are playing with a web app (Skitch - [link] ) to draw. So people are playing on computers and posting their creativity on the web. Art, play, creativity – that’s how we humans learn and that’s what makes us happy and healthy.

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Copyright and Intellectual Property in Instructional Design

Obsidian Learning

If you’ve been in the learning industry for any length of time, however, you are probably aware that you can’t simply go on a fishing expedition on the Internet and plop in whatever you might come across. The most common is the Standard YouTube License, which basically allows YouTube to broadcast the video, with the creator retaining the copyright. Do not, however, download, insert, or edit videos under the Standard YouTube License without permission.

The hidden audience effect

Learning with 'e's

Their learning activities are scaffolded through their own internet radio channel S'cool Radio. What both projects have in common is their capitalisation on the 'hidden audience' effect. For Westfields Junior children, the ability to communicate clearly, self-organise, self-broadcast, express ideas, work in a team, problem solve, plan ahead and think on one's feet, are all brought into play when they plan, present and perform their shows on their internet radio shows.

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The Work-Life Balance Myth

Tom Spiglanin

Today, however, it’s much more common for technologies, especially Internet-based, to find widespread use outside traditional organizations and only slowly make their way inside. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Everyone's a critic

Learning with 'e's

I recently blogged about the hidden audience effect , and cited Westfields Junior School's S'cool Internet Radio and David Mitchell's Quadblogging projects as examples of how students can become better engaged with learning when they perform their work for an audience. Social media and the internet have largely been responsible for this change. Image source Everyone's a critic by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

It’s Happening…

Tom Spiglanin

While only a few defended the L&D department as being necessary, Jane also included the thoughts of her Internet Time Alliance colleagues who took a more moderate view. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

The Mobile Handset, an Inflection Point?

Tom Spiglanin

And now the Internet of Things is set to explode. Smart objects will surround us, automatically populating the Internet with real-time information; many of these will be wearable objects. That challenge stuck with me, and my thoughts began to gel around a central concept where the handset is really becoming little more than an Internet access device. Apple watch photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons user Justin14. International License. International License.

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3 Examples that explain Copyright Policies for eLearning Developers


ELearning course development requires you to borrow artifacts and intellectual material from the Internet all the time. There are several intellectual property resources available in the Creative Commons websites that enable the usage of intellectual multimedia with recommended methods of attribution: 1. Go through the above mentioned six methods of attribution in the Creative Commons website to learn more. Creative Commons: Unsure.