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Before we begin, what are the things you want to do? And what do you feel you need to do?

About your facilitator: two conflicting impulses


by teachernz, on Flickr

  • Yet I also get looped into cases like:

I'm writing you today regarding one of our images being used on without a license in place.

[Name redacted] image code #700-000262XX


has been appearing on this link :

In order to make this usage legal, we need to issue you out a retroactive license as soon as possible.

Here's a quote that will include both past and perpetual web rights to image # 700-000262XX


$2090.00 per image

Please let me know how you wish to proceed. Thank you in advance for resolving this matter by February 28, 2011.

... How many demand letters are being dealt with at UBC?

Basics of Canadian copyright:

  • little is cut and dried - a good treatment of the basics

If you wish to speak with a local expert, the UBC Library can help, or you might consult with the Vancouver-based Artists Legal Alliance.

  • Regarding the American notion of "fair use", Critical Commons is an interesting resource.



What are Open Educational Resources?


Finding OER

Let's start with an exercise. Take some time to think of a problem or anything else that requires learning content. Then, use some of the following tools to do some searching.

When you find useful (or terrible) resources, take a second to briefly fill out this form. Please note any questions that come up in the process so we can discuss them together.


cc licensed flickr photo by jacobrendell:

Little OER, or... free stuff

One might make a distinction between "Big OER" and "Little OER". There are countless sources of open content that may not be classified as formal "OER", but nonetheless be useful. There are too many of these collections to list here, but...:

Music for podcasts: - toggle Creative Commons search... (see also CC attribution helper)

Khan Academy - (Recent recipient of $2 Million grant from Google)

New federal education fund makes available $2 billion to create OER resources in community colleges

More sources here and here

Reuse Considerations

  • Can you reproduce the material? Are you allowed to change it?
  • Do you know how to provide attribution or meet other conditions (such as "share-alike")?

Syndicating? RSS content can be dynamically reproduced in HTML environments... Example: Blog Tool:

Embedding? How this video can be reproduced in your environment:

More on embedding below.

Formats matter: The difference between a proprietary streaming audio file and a podcast.

Do you have a platform to republish?

On UBC Blogs you can select the Creative Commons option via your administrative interface. On this wiki, you can select one of the licenses simply by pasting the markup code offered on this page. The Creative Commons license generator produces images and code bits that allow you to attach the license you want to your materials.

The Life and Times of a Resource

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Here's how we are using that overview of social web tools for elearning.

  • The source wiki page also has an "Embed Page" link which allows it to be syndicated inside WebCT Vista (or most other HTML environments) via cut-and-paste code.
  • It can also be downloaded as a cleaned-up PDF, either standalone or as part of a larger collection.
  • "Authoring content in a public forum – ideally under an open content license – means that content becomes available for re-use even as it is being drafted. By opening up comments, feedback can be solicited that allows content to be improved by updating blog posts, if necessary, as well as identifying topics or clarifications that can be addressed in separate backlinking blog posts. By opening up the production process, we make it far more likely that others will contribute to that process, helping shape and influence that content, than expecting others to take openly licensed content as a large chunk and then produced openly licensed derived works as a result (i.e. forks?!)" -- Tony Hirst, Open Course Production

Outcomes from exercise

First off, let's see some examples of what we found.

  • Your questions?
  • How did the respective search portals fare?
  • Do you see yourself reusing what you've found? What would you need to do so?

For the hardcore


Parking lot:

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