What is Creative Commons licensing?
Wikipedia describes Creative Commons licensing as a system allowing content creators to communicate which rights they reserve, vs. which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators. Creative Commons licenses do not replace copyright, but are based on it. The Creative Commons Project is ten years old in December '12! The original project has made major inroads in mainstream publishing to Internet content.
What is the big idea behind Creative Commons licensing?
The Learning 2.0 Discovery Learning Program was originally created for The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenberg County by Helene Blowers.
Content and style for this site is a derivative of the original idea and its implementation. With permission under that site's Creative Commons License, this site has borrowed and modified with permission. TOEP Team members have worked collaboratively to extend the original materials, while maintaining the core concept. In addition to adding tool areas, TOEP has extended resources and discovery experiences to make the site better mesh with academic demands relevant to higher education faculty.
Since the launch of the original Learning 2.0 program, a number of similar programs have been implemented on thousands of sites across more than 15 countries worldwide. If you are interested in duplicating or modifying this program for your organization, please contact the SUNY TOEP Team to request a copy of this website to customize for your own purposes.
We have decided that the most relevant license for this site is the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. As authors of the derivative content from the original Learning 2.0 project, we have selected this license because it allows and expects the following:
How is Creative Commons licensing relevant to higher education?
There are several "scenarios" in which Creative Commons may apply to your own instructional situation. For example, think about the following possible authoring and publishing situations, all of which would be applicable to Creative Commons licensing:
If your answer to any of the questions above is YES, then please explore the start-up resources listed in the next section of this page.
Consider beginning your exploration about Creative Commons, using the following resources:
There are many ways to find media and resources licensed using Creative Commons. Many of the social learning tools shared in TOEP have built-in features that allow you to search for content that you are freely able to use and methods on how you can apply Creative Commons licensing to the media that you create to restrict or grant access to any content that you create. Below are just a few options to help you find materials to use. This list is just the tip of the iceberg.
Garcelon, M. (2009). An information commons? Creative Commons and public access to cultural creations. New media & society, 11(8), 1307-1326.
*Note: Access to the research articles may require logging into your campus' library system or you may request an article through Inter Library Loan (ILL).