Topic: License to…?
When: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 2 pm EST/ 11 am PST
Guest Speakers: Maha Bali (Associate Professor of Practice, Center for Teaching and Learning, The American University in Cairo), Amanda Larson (Open Education Librarian, Penn State University), Robin DeRosa (Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies; Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Plymouth State University), and Cable Green (Director of Open Education, Creative Commons)
(The text below was edited following the 11/29/18 Office Hours session. It now includes links to the session video and transcript, as well as a list of licensing resources that were raised during and following the session.)
Creative Commons open licenses are essential to OER, which is why it’s necessary to periodically revisit and engage with questions around their role and impact. Licensing intersects with many issues and interests in higher education, and evaluating competing priorities can be a challenge. Many of us develop a preference or approach to licensing, but this may change over time. Sparked by a recent Twitter exchange, this Office Hours took on the role of licenses in the OER ecosystem.
Our four guests shared their experiences with and perspectives on the different types of licensing. We explored considerations including the impact of privilege, funding requirements, policies and local context on a creator’s choice of license, and other factors that intersect with our use of Creative Commons licenses.
For further investigation into Creative Commons licenses, including resources for selecting the right license for your work, check out the following (and share others by clicking on REPLY below and adding a new post):
- About Creative Commons (CC) Licenses
- Open Textbook Network’s guide to open licenses
- Rebus Community’s guide to CC licenses, from A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students
- CC License Selector
- Remixing CC Licenses
- Local Contexts initiative, focused on the inherent sovereignty that Indigenous communities have over their cultural heritage
- CARE (Contribute, Attribute, Release, Empower) Framework Issues to be aware of when providing attribution
- The Hewlett Foundation’s Open License Toolkit (for their staff)
- Legal cases related to Open Education and CC Licenses (see Section 5.3 > Legal Cases)
- In defence of the CC NC (non-commercial use) License
- CC gamification activity for faculty (Northwest Vista College Library)
Review the audio transcript on our blog or watch the video below!