Creative Commons is first and foremost a non-profit organization that supports creators to both retain their copyright and to freely share their creations as they choose, and allows others to Retain, Revise, Reuse, Remix, and Redistribute those creations. Creative Commons is also recognized as a set of free-to-use licenses allowing copyright owners to show how they want their work to be shared. In this online workshop, you will learn more about Creative Commons (CC) and how CC licenses can be used to support the adoption, creation, adaption, etc. of open resources for you and your students.
Our Creative Commons Workshop (created by Emily Schudel as her final project in her Creative Commons Certification program) should take you 2-3 hours to complete, between reading the materials and completing the suggested activities. By the time you complete this workshop, you will be able to:
Find CC-licensed material you can use in your own course(s).
Create, adapt, and share CC-licensed works for your subject area.
Apply the appropriate CC-license to works you create or adapt for your course(s) and release them as Open Educational Resources (OER).
If you have any questions or comments as you go through our workshop, please email Emily Schudel.
Did you know all our eLearning Tutorials were licenced CC-BY? This means that you can take and use, adapt, modify our tutorial documents for any purpose! So, if you want to take our materials and use or adapt them for your own situation, please feel free! The only thing we ask is that, in addition to attributing us as the original authors, if you make improvements, please send them back to us so we can share those improvements with everyone.
And while I have you here, here are the six Creative Commons (CC) licenses that can be created from the four CC licence elements – note that all six licenses require attribution.
“CC BY” allows people to use the work for any purpose.
“BY-SA” allows people to use the work for any purpose, but adaptations must be made available under the same or a compatible license.
“BY-NC” allows people to use the work for any noncommercial purpose (so, they can’t make a profit from the work or adaptations of it).
“BY-NC-SA” allows people to use the work for noncommercial purposes, but must be made available under the same or a compatible license.
“BY-ND” allows people to use the work for any purpose (even commercially) but NOT to adapt it.
“BY-NC-ND” allows people to use only the un-adapted work for noncommercial purposes.
For those of you who would like to see an more visual explanation of these elements and licenses, here is a video from censiCLICK (note that this video also explains the relationship between CC licenses and the public domain, which I will talk more about later in this post).