4 reasons to use Creative Commons

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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.

Inspire to learn

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The big four show no signs of relenting in their profiteering, so several years ago I took a very public decision to resign as editor of a major academic journal. I subsequently pledged that I would never again write, review or edit for a closed academic journal.

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Share and share alike

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It was only the abstract, but it was translated into Spanish, French and German, for inclusion in an edition of the international peer reviewed journal Educational Media International. I don''t know, but I assume it was, because EMI is a professional journal.

Yesterday's blog post

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But it is probably still true that you are only as good as your last journal article, book, or conference presentation. This is a little different to publishing a paper based journal article or book. You can't delete a journal article, and you can't change it once it's in print.

Me and Malcolm McLaren

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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. When Malcolm McLaren died, guess where many of the journals and newspapers went to find copyright free images of him?

An interview with Michael G Moore

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He is well known as one of the pioneers of distance education, one of the original team of academic consultants working with the British government to establish the Open University in the 1960s, and latterly, as the long serving founding editor of the American Journal of Distance Education.

Game changers in the Training Zone

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As we're talking I'm watching citizen journalism going on, on the television in front of me. The TrainingZone podcast - January by Trainingzone on Mixcloud Game changers in the Training Zone by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Open educational practices

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So whether it's licensing agreements such as Copyleft or Creative Commons, or open access journals, or even massively online open courses, the open educational practices are gaining ground and influence in the academic world. The publishing houses who once had a strangle hold on academic journals are beginning to lose their grip. And open access journals are opening up knowledge for all without payment.


Our viral web

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In an interesting episode last year, I personally experienced the power of the viral web through Wikipedia Commons. The next day I posted his picture onto my Flickr account and licenced it under Creative Commons for free sharing and re-use. We are all Big Brother now.

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Can Doodling Actually Enhance Training? Apparently, Yes


An April 24 Wall Street Journal article pointed out that several high-tech companies like Facebook are responding to a growing body of evidence that suggests that doodling — sketching ideas out graphically, even if crudely — can simplify communication, fuel collaboration, and help generate new ideas.

Counting the cost

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How do we place a price tag on enabling children to channel their fertile imaginations into precious, creative, transformative outcomes? social media #eqnz citizen journalism Christchurch disaster New Zealand informal learning earthquake

The open case

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Today, more than ever, academics and professionals need to question the value of publishing in closed journals. Just how many people will actually read an article in a closed journal? The answer for most closed journals is - not very many.

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Change and inertia

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Indeed, the very first peer reviewed journal article I published, was entitled 'Managing technological change in nurse education'. It appeared in a British Computer Society journal in 1992. Innovation requires new actions and creative solutions to existing problems if it is to succeed.

The Burden to Have an Informed Opinion

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Even journal articles aren’t necessarily credible sources of information today. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

I Believe in the Value of Working out Loud

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Many of us had others in the form of research papers or journal articles. Knowledge hoarding seemed to be a fairly common practice as recently as ten years ago. It now seems to be less and less common by most accounts.

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Breaking down fences

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It's the same for just about every closed pay-per-view journal. Open access journals are better - they are generally more up to date, and are of course free to read. blog Seth Godin expertise open access journal reading

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#LearningIs symbolic

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Many keep libraries of books, journals and other media on their shelves, used for reference to remind them of theories, principles or methods they wish to recall. How do you represent your learning? Some people display framed certificates on their walls, or photos of their degree ceremony.

Instagram, WhatsApp and Learning

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Here's an excerpt from the article, published in the open access journal Future Internet. Photo from Pixabay Instagram, WhatsApp and Learning by Steve Wheeler was written in Melbourne, Australia and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Making Spectacles of ourselves

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As he related in a Wall Street Journal interview this week after a walk through the woods: '.when The popular social media company Snapchat (soon to be renamed simply 'Snap') has released news of a product which might just revolutionise the wearable technology industry.

I Believe in the Importance of Personal Knowledge Management

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Social bookmarking sites, trade magazine articles, refereed journal articles, syndicated feeds, aggregation services, and a growing number of automated social tools can greatly simplify the process.

What I miss and what I don't

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Not in just any academic journal. To have any worth, lecturers need to publish in the 'right kind' of academic journals. In other words, a journal that has a very low circulation, and is so expensive that only university libraries can afford to subscribe.

Globally connected minds

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They will probably publish their work in a highly rated peer reviewed journal which very few will read, because only a very few will be able to penetrate the pay wall the publisher has erected to ''protect'' the research (which has usually been funded through public taxation).

This time it's personal

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Much has been written on PLEs, including a wealth of peer reviewed journal articles that feature empirical research. Photo by Adib Wahab This time it''s personal by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Personal.

Open or shut?

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Many have openly pledged to never write, edit or review for closed journals again. Others choose to continue publishing their work in conventional peer-reviewed journals, but also disseminate their work widely through non-peer reviewed digital channels.

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Sharp practice

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During my keynote for the Zukunft Personal event in Cologne, I publicly announced that I would no longer publish my work in closed journals. In truth, the last time one of my papers was published in a pay-to-subscribe journal was quite some time ago.

How free is open? #EDENchat

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7) Are closed journals sustainable and are open access journals the future? EDENchat by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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#EDENchat Up close and personal

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Several peer reviewed journal articles (and a special issue in Interactive Learning Environments) also appeared, and countless blog posts were published.

Work in progress

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British Journal of Educational Technology , 39 (6), 987-995. Image by Jakob Montrasio on Wikimedia Commons Work in progress by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Games for girls

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There is nothing to stop students going farther and publishing their work in mainstream journals - if their work is good enough it should be shared widely. Some of my previous students have published in journals in the past few years. I''m a big advocate of student publications.

before the ink is dry

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We were talking about our common interest in the educational benefits of blogging, and I made a suggestion that digital identity was a significant factor in the way teachers and other professionals use it (I will blog on this idea in a future post). No, journals still have their place.

Teacher beliefs

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Journal of Experimental Social Psychology , 22, 453-474. Journal of Personality and Social Behaviour , 63 (5), 754-765. Photo by Steve Wheeler Teacher beliefs by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0


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not peer reviewed) is seen as inferior to those articles that appear in highly rated journals. Yet somehow, I feel this is a huge mistake, because many academics who write in those ''high quality'' journals also blog. What academic journal could promise me that kind of audience?

Cut and thrust

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Are peer reviewed journals as well read, or as dynamically responsive to their readership? Photo by emaze.com Cut and thrust by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Deeper learning

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Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior , 11 (6), 671-684. This is number 5 in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education.

Be open

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I talk about Creative Commons, open source software, open access journals, open educational resources, community led initiatives such as MOOCs and the whole idea about being open and sharing your learning.

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Synching feelings

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There is a criticism that blogs are not peer reviewed, contain mainly opinion and have no credibility when compared with peer reviewed journal articles. Journal articles are usually double reviewed by people who are deemed to be experts in their field.

Scaffolds and spirals

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Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, 17 (2), 89-100. Photo by Tony Hisgett on Wikimedia Commons Scaffolds and spirals by Steve Wheeler was written in Liberec, Czech Republic and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0