Many teachers are amazed by the potential of the internet to transform education, but are unsure of how to proceed through the murky waters of copyright law. At the same time, many of the most exciting uses of Creative Commons licences are made by educators. Across the world, teachers and professors are bypassing conventional copyright and using materials licensed under Creative Commons.
Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand works with the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement to license textbooks, courses and lesson plans, and to allow kiwi teachers to share and customise a growing range of digital and print resources.
By joining the OER movement, teachers can reuse, remix and share their own lesson plans and courses under Creative Commons licences. In this way, they can add to the common store of educational resources and collaborate with teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.
WikiEducator is a growing community of educators interested in developing and sharing open content. Based at Dunedin’s Otago Polytechnic, WikiEducator can help you plan, develop and license open education resources. Wikieducator runs a range of free online workshops, in which teachers from around the world learn how to use OER materials in their classrooms and share their own OER materials with the global OER community.
The Open Educational Resources (OER) Foundation helps educators and educational institutions to teach and learn using the practices of open education. The OER Foundation mentors teachers, consults with institutions and provides free online workshops for teachers across the world. Members of OER include Otago Polytechnic, Queensland University of Technology, Ako Aotearoa and UNESCO.
Warrington School is a small primary school in Otago’s Blueskin Bay. With five teachers and around fifty students, Warrington has embraced both open source software and Creative Commons licences. As Warrington Principal Nathan Parker puts it, “When I look outside at other schools, I think, why aren’t you doing this?” Find the full case study for Warrington School here.
Albany Senior High School
Albany Senior High School is one of the first school’s in New Zealand to adopt a Creative Commons policy, which applies a New Zealand Attribution 3.0 Creative Commons licence to all teaching materials. The school is also an open source champion, winning the education section of the 2010 New Zealand Open Source Awards. As Deputy Principal Mark Osbourne puts it, quoting David Wiley, “Without sharing, there is no education.” Find the full case study for Albany Senior High School here.
Sarah Stewart is a nurse, midwife, educator and researcher who works with networked learning, eLearning and social media. Her website is a valuable resource for anyone interested in health education and development, social networking and open access. All of the resources Sarah creates are licensed as Creative Commons-Attribution. As she puts it, “I believe CC will really enhance and encourage international communication, collaboration, research and cooperation.”
More OER and Creative Commons Projects
Many of the case studies in Open Educational Resources cross territorial borders. See the case studies at Creative Commons International for more examples of OER.
To learn more about OER and Creative Commons, and to start making and using OER resources:
- Visit Wikieducator and sign up for one of their free classes
- Visit WeCreate for more information about OER in New Zealand schools
- Follow the OER blog at Creative Commons International
- Add your case study to the Creative Commons OER wiki, and while you’re at it, pass your work on to Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand
Creative Commons Policies in Schools
Is your school working towards adopting a Creative Commons policy? Check out the list of schools joining the movements for Creative Commons and OER and read our Guide to Creative Commons Policies in Schools. Add your school to the list, and keep Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand updated on your progress!
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- First and foremost, check out this blog post, which has links to a bunch of Creative Commons resources
- Then, head to our resources page
- You might want to read this piece, published in the August 27 Gazette Focus, a supplement to the Education Gazette
- The Capetown Declaration on open education
- The World Bank’s Policy on open access
- UNESCO’s Paris Declaration on OER
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