What is Open Licensing?

As new forms of publication and scholarship begin to take hold, the academic world is examining standard forms of licensing and rights management and finding them lacking. While current copyright and intellectual property laws focus on restricting use of materials, authors are beginning to explore new models that center on enabling use while still protecting the academic value of a publication. Some rights are still reserved, but some are proactively licensed at publication time to encourage re-use. These approaches make it clear which rights are licensed for various uses, removing the barrier of copyright and smoothing the way for others to access and use one’s work. One such approach is that taken by Creative Commons, an organization that supplies easy-to-understand, “some rights reserved” licenses for creative work. Authors simply review the list of rights they can grant or restrict, make their choice, and receive a link to a written license that spells out how their work may be used. The licenses work within current copyright laws but clearly state how a work may be used. Copyleft is another alternative license; often used in open source software development and describes how a work can be used and also governs how derivative works are to be licensed as well. Models like these are beginning to gain acceptance among artists, photographers, and musicians; scholarly papers and reports are increasingly released under alternative licenses. Some organizations, such as the New Media Consortium, have made it a policy to release all their work under licenses that facilitate sharing and reuse.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • For K-12 this is VERY important and an area where teachers do not feel comfortable or understand the implications. If students are going to create digital artefacts then it is imperative they understand where to put these, who will have access and under what license they will be available for viewing, re-using etc. I think the current situation with K-12 is most students work is done 'behind the wall' and is never put in a place for public access, therefore teachers/students ignore the opportunity to learn more and work with open licensing. - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Feb 18, 2015
  • With educators searching for materials and curriculum that aligns to the common core standards, more and more seem to be turning to open source content.- anton.inglese anton.inglese Feb 22, 2015

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • I think this has overlaps with digital portfolio and personal branding topics. It also has strong links with digital citizenship and could be discussed with this in mind. - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Feb 18, 2015
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • Great potential to 'release' and share student-created work and therefore cut out the 'waste-paper bin' assignment scenario. Students need an authentic audience for their work - knowing how to publish through an open license is a step in this direction - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Feb 18, 2015
  • It could streamline the process of sharing curriculum content and the subsequent derivative works.- anton.inglese anton.inglese Feb 22, 2015

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • eLearning Consortium of Colorado- anton.inglese anton.inglese Feb 22, 2015
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