CCC: Create a remix!

The fourth assignment in the Creative Commons course is a fun one! It asks us to create some type of a remix for a course that we teach.

After browsing through some examples from my peers in the course, I came across this great creative example that Helen DeWaard made: a course trailer. I thought that was a brilliant idea, and wanted to see if I could figure out how to make something similar.

Assignment requirements

  • use at least 5 CC-licensed works (one of our own is fair game!)
  • include proper attribution
  • make sure all of the licenses can be used together

The last point is a really important one when you are making remixes. It also can be tricky to figure out. Thankfully, there are some helpful resources to help all of us with that part:

With the assignment descriptions in mind (and my course syllabus finally completed!), I set out to figure out how to make a course trailer. I found quite a few resources to help with the content.

Creation process

Based on the stoyboard outline I found, I started brainstorming what to say. I wasn’t sure if I would be talking or just have text & images on the screen with background music. The audience for the video will be students who are already enrolled in the class, rather than a video designed to encourage enrollment. After I had a rough outline of what to include, I moved on to looking for some images.

About a week ago, I created a sneak peek syllabus, a course banner, and YouTube channel art with images from the Noun Project + Canva. All of those steps made finding images was somewhat easier. My first place to look is always Flickr. Using the ‘modifications allowed’ in the search settings, I was able to find a few images that worked and added them to the Google slide deck, along with the image attributions. I found out how to make a rolling credit outro thanks to this video. After the slides were finished, I downloaded them as a PPT file to set up the animations.

I planned to do some minor edits and adjustments in the YouTube editor, including adding a music track that I found via Free Music Archive. I finished the animations, saved the file as an mp4, and uploaded it to my YouTube channel. I then found out that you can’t upload audio to YouTube: you are limited to its audio library. boo. I edited the text, adjusted the timings (which was too long anyways), and repeated the process again. I modified the license and rights attribution setting on the video to include the Creative Commons – Attribution option.

Update: I made some minor changes to the original video to prepare for spring courses.

CCC: Anatomy of a Creative Commons license

The third assignment in the Creative Commons certificate course focuses on the basics of the licenses. For each assignment, I have also been experimenting with different ways to explain and depict the content, such as a timeline and a sliderDING presentation. This week, I’m using a range of h5p content types.

There are six components to this assignment.

#1: What are the three layers of the CC licenses?

#2: What are the four license elements and their corresponding icons?

#3: What are the six Creative Commons licenses?

#4: License restrictions

#5: How do CC licenses affect exceptions and limitations to copyright ?

An exception and limitation to copyright is fair use, which is not the same as the Creative Commons licenses. Fair use was designed to allow the public to not be restricted by copyright. Fair use is often used by educators when they use copyrighted materials for instructional purposes only with students in their class/es. CC licenses were not developed to “reduce, limit, or restrict any rights under exceptions and limitations to copyright, such as fair use….” (source)

#6: How do the CC licenses affect works in the public domain?

Creators can opt to put their works directly in the public domain. If they chose to do so, they can apply the CC0 license. This license holds no copyright and carries a ‘no rights reserved’ approach. There are a number of caveats to the use of this license, such as the creator’s country of origin, non-competition laws, and other intellectual property concerns (trademarks and patents), among others. Works that are already in the public domain, such as Beethoven’s compositions, would not be CC0 licensed as intellectual property rights no longer apply.

CCC: What is copyright law?

The second assignment in the Creative Commons certificate course asks us to develop a short primer on (a lay person’s understanding of) copyright law.

I created a short sliderDING-style presentation, based on Ann Fandrey’s work in Academic Slide Design.

CCC: What is Creative Commons?

Our first assignment for the Creative Commons certificate is due this week. I created a timeline that captures the key events that lead to the foundation of Creative Commons.

Depending upon how the rest of the course goes, I may come back and add to this timeline in the upcoming weeks. This is a start for now.