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News and information for UMGC Faculty on using OERs in the online classroom.

31-Day Creative Commons Challenge

Day 1 

What Are Creative Commons Licenses?—Video that discusses copyright and CC licenses, explaining how the licenses allow creatives to manage their copyright and allow others to use those works with various restrictions, depending on the license type [2018] 

Day 2 

Creative Commons Licenses—Chapter on CC from the leading ebook on Open Educational Resources that addresses such topics as choosing a license, the 5Rs of OER, and writing attributions [2019] 

Day 3 

Creative Commons for Coursework—Video that explains the different types of CC licenses, the CC symbols and what they mean, and what rights each type of CC license extends to users of CC-licensed content [2016] 

Day 4 

 1.1 The Story of Creative Commons—Discusses the origins of Creative Commons, focusing specifically on how the open licensing organization grew out of the tension between copyright law and the wish of creators to share their work in a legal but easier manner [n.d.] 

Day 5 

 The 5 R Permissions of OER—Includes a useful infographic that describes what “open” means in open educational resources and how CC licenses legally uphold the so-called “5Rs” of OERs [n.d.] 

Day 6 

CC Licensing Guide—Chapter from an open ebook that provides important information on copyright, how CC licenses work, the different types of CC licenses, and why CC licenses are best for open ebooks [2017] 

Day 7 

 The Creative Commons Licensing Scheme—From a Wikimedia guide on how to use CC licenses, this resource provides an extensive overview of CC licensing—from the different types of licenses, the different versions of CC licenses historically, user obligations and restrictions, attribution requirements, and more [2020] 

Day 8  

Why Open Education Matters—Highlights how the Creative Commons licensing platform and the Internet facilitate sharing of knowledge and overcome the barriers of both print publishing and copyright law [2012] 

Day 9 

Everything You Need to Know about Creative Commons Licenses—Handy infographic that visually covers the what, why, and how of CC licenses [n.d.] 

Day 10  

Copyright and Creative Commons Webinar—Presented by Greg Grossemeir, Education Technology & Policy Coordinator at the University of Michigan, a webinar that addresses what copyright is, what Creative Commons is, and how CC licensing works alongside U.S. copyright law [2012] 

Day 11  

Share Your Work—CC webpage that discusses how to choose a license and a video on how CC licenses work [n.d.] 

Day 12  

Cable Green Explaining Creative Commons and OER in 2 Minutes—YouTube video of Cable Green as he explains how Creative Commons works alongside copyright law [2019] 

Day 13 

What Does Creative Commons Mean?—Infographic that highlights how creatives can use CC licenses, the different license types, requirements of CC licensing (including attribution), and more [n.d.] 

Day 14 

Creative Commons (CC) Licensing—Discusses how CC licenses allow creators to reserve “some” rights of ownership and give permission to users for certain rights not reserved, and how the various CC license types support this process [2015] 

Day 15 

CC A Shared Culture—Widely distributed video by some of the leaders of the Creative Commons movement that discusses how the organization is working to “save the world from failed sharing” [2013] 

Day 16 

 Creative Commons Timeline—Timeline that identifies the key events and dates in both copyright law and the establishment of the Creative Commons open licensing platform [2019] 

Day 17 

 Creative Commons Kiwi—Frequently viewed YouTube video produced by Creative Commons Aotearoa that provides a solid overview of the CC licensing platform [2011] 

Day 18 

 Open Education: The Moral, Business and Policy Case for OER—Keynote address by Cable Green at the Open Educational Resources Summit hosted by Lansing Community College on February 24, 2017 [2017] 

Day 19 

 State of the Commons—Annual report issued by Creative Commons that highlights CC’s expanding role around the world, noting especially that, as of 2017, there are nearly 1.5 billion CC-licensed works on the Internet [2018] 

Day 20 

 CC License Compatibility—Creative Commons Wiki page that provides the CC license compatibility chart and how to use/interpret the chart [2013] 

Day 21 

 Remixing OER—OpenLearn course page on how to remix OERs, how to choose the right authoring tool, and how to use Creative Commons’ compatibility chart when mixing OERs with different CC licenses [2017] 

Day 22 

 Attribution Statements for Remixed OER Content—Web page that contains instructions for how to properly attribute remixed OERs based on standards set by Creative Commons [2017] 

Day 23 

 Module 4: Collections and Remixes—Explains the differences between “collections” and “remixes” for faculty looking to develop new course materials based on existing open resources [2016] 

Day 24 

 The Problem with False Creative Commons Licenses—Examines a serious problem with CC licenses in cases where unauthorized users apply a CC license—either by accident or intentionally—to a work they do not own [2013] 

Day 25 

 Considerations for Licensees and Licensors—Creative Commons web page that identifies all the issues that CC licensors and licensees should consider before they apply a CC license to their works or use a work that is published under a CC license [n.d.] 

Day 26 

 Can You Revoke a Creative Commons License?—Emphasizes that creators who apply a CC license to their work cannot revoke those licenses after the fact, an important point that people should consider before publishing their work under a CC license [2014] 

Day 27 

 TEDxNYED – David Wiley – 03/06/10—Often noted TEDxNYED talk by David Wiley that focuses primarily on openness and open education but discusses Creative Commons’ role in the drive toward open education [2010] 

Day 28 

 How to Label Third Party Content in Creative Commons Licensed Material—Article that identifies the different ways that creators can label third-party content that is included in a CC-licensed work [n.d.] 

Day 29  

 NonCommercial Interpretation—Creative Commons Wiki page that explains the NonCommercial restriction in the CC license platform [2017] 

Day 30 

 Creative Commons Legal Database—Case law databased maintained by Creative Commons that allows you to search by keyword, jurisdiction, and license names, seeking to inform users of the legal issues that surround CC licenses [n.d.] 

Day 31 

 Creative Commons Certificate—CC Certificate web page that answers numerous questions and offers testimonials about the certificate program [n.d.]