Using Creative Commons resources for teaching!

Posted by Michael Paskevicius | 18 Nov, 2011

The OpenContent UCT project at the University of Cape Town tries to encourage academics to create resources which can be shared and reused by their colleagues as well as other educators or self-learners.  These resources, shared openly on the internet, can then be discovered, used and remixed by teachers around the world.

In order to make resources openly available we must adhere to issues of copyright.  We encourage academics to source and use works licensed under Creative Commons whenever possible so that we can legally share the resulting materials more widely.  Creative Commons provides an alternative legal framework for specifying conditions for reuse of creative materials.  Creative Commons provides the vehicle for content creators to specify a licence for reuse of their content with “some rights reserved”, thus providing an alternative to the “all rights reserved” model of traditional copyright. 

This video attempts to bring awareness to some of the implications in sourcing materials online without considering the copyright on the material.  If we can transform teachers practice so that they use Creative Commons materials exclusively, we can legally share much more of our teaching and learning content!  

3 comments & 0 Trackbacks of "Using Creative Commons resources for teaching!"

  1. Hi and thank you for the information!
    I can also add a resource:, a growing Public Domain picture collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication. All items are free to download for personal and commercial use, without restriction and are available in high definition. New photos are added on a daily basis.

    Posted by picdrome 25 Nov 2011, 16:43
  2. Great, concise, powerful video.

    I heard about it from oer-forum mailing list. Glad to see you're getting some great publicity out of it.

    Posted by Kathleen 27 Nov 2011, 23:51
  3. Glad you like the video and thanks for the comments folks! :)

    Posted by Michael 28 Nov 2011, 08:48