It’s important for all University staff to understand what Creative Commons is. Even if you never create or use any content, at some point you will have almost certainly seen something that looks like the logo above. If you are putting a PowerPoint presentation together, giving a talk, or creating content for a web page, it’s in your interest to know what those symbols mean.
Creative Commons enables people to share what they have created, and acts as a signpost for users to help us understand in what way we may use those resources. It’s a simple idea that has led to incredible things.
What is Creative Commons?
Watch the short video at the top of that page. If you are unable to do that, then please read the text on that page.
What the symbols mean:
We’ll keep it light today, but we invite you to go further and look at some of the links provided below.
What we’d like you to do now is to tell us what the creative commons logo at the top of this blog post would mean if I were to apply it to a piece of music or an image that I had created. In other words, what could you legally do with resources that have that license applied to it? Please post your description in the comments section of this blog post.
How to make resources you have made into an Open Educational Resource (OER)
This is the best description of how to make your content open.
Sign up for our short online OER course if you wish to go further still.