My open & Creative Commons efforts
Posted May 28, 2015on:
I am facilitating a free Creative Commons Seminar this Friday at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic library.
I do this to push the open learning and open educational resources (OER) movement forward even though I am not part of any organization now.
Openness is a core educational value for me, so I invest time and effort into it. But I had to ask myself what I do to be associated with these movements. After all, there are more impactful and bigger players on the open front.
I ruminate daily in this blog and use ImageCodr to embed CC-licensed images and their attributions to each blog entry.
When preparing resources for workshops, talks, seminars, or other events, I make sure to share them under a CC-licence whenever possible. In fact, my operating principle has been to not ask for permission to do this first, but to ask for forgiveness later. So far I have not had to do the latter!
When I was a faculty member at NIE, I received notification in 2010 from my alma mater for permission to share my dissertation under CC. I said yes.
As Head of the Centre for e-Learning, I led a series of e-Fiesta events. In 2013, one e-Fiesta focused on open learning and CC.
When NIE first launched its e-portfolio initiative, I convinced higher-ups to use the free and open platform, Google Sites, for hosting information, portfolios, and templates. As part of this initiative, I gave introductory lectures on CC to cohorts of preservice teachers in 2012 and 2013 before handing the reigns to someone else.
The great thing about being part of the open learning and OER movements is that we can contribute in ways big or small, international or local. The scale does not matter. The learners who benefit do.