Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that offers free licenses that provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.. A Creative Commons license is based on copyright, and the licenses apply to all works that are protected by copyright law. The kinds of works that are protected by copyright law are books, websites, blogs, photographs, films, videos, songs and other audio & visual recordings, for example. The Creative Commons licenses give creators the ability to dictate how others may exercise their copyright rightssuch as the right of others to copy their work, make derivative works or adaptations of their work, to distribute their work and/or make money from their work. They do not give creators the ability to restrict anything that is otherwise permitted by exceptions or limitations to copyrightincluding, importantly, fair use, fair dealing or public domain worksnor do they give creators the ability to control anything is not protected by copyright law, such as facts and ideas.
The major learning goal is to provide developer/creator access to a copyright deed that can place be placed on websites. This will inform users that the content you created is yours and protected by the copyright selected. The website specifically states: "Creative Commons helps you publish your work online while letting others know exactly what they can and can't do with your work. If you already have a website loaded with your own work,
follow the steps below, otherwise try one of our guides to publishing your licensed work at a variety of hosting services."
Target Student Population:
The population targeted is anyone who is distributing content over the Internet and would like to add a copyright notification to their website. This can be useful to students who may be publishing various works electronically or and in the form of an electronic portfolio.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
There is no prerequisite knowledge or skills required. Simply read the information and the directions to create the desired copyright notification form for your site.
Type of Material:
The material is text based. An electronic template is used to create the necessary links and add content in order to register works. Authors can also search for content that has allowed copyright permission to use for limited reasons. The available content includes audio, images, video, text, and lesson plans.
This website is recommended for anyone wishing to limit the use or distribution of their content. The he search feature can be used to find content that allows use, copying and distribution without asking for specific permission. This is a good resource for educators who are seeking course related content.
There is no technical requirements related to the use of this site.
Evaluation and Observation
The content is easily accessible and clearly organized. The content is written in a clear and concise manner.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The potential effectiveness for use as a teaching tool is high. This site provides the opportunity to add a copyright provision to existing and new content materials. Additionally, the search option finds course related content that instructors and students can use following the specific guidelines permitted within the copyright.
Available content for use is limited.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to use and access. The search function works well and makes it easy to locate content.
Other Issues and Comments:
This site is well organized and maintained. Much effort has been placed in creating this site. All of the links work well and use is simplified.