Creative Commons License Add-On

cc_logoIn the course of my adjunct work at Fresno Pacific University, I’ve done a lot of work with current and future teachers to develop a sense of mission around sharing the resources they create. In my course “Developing Digital Rich Curriculum” I actually have them go through a mini-course on OER as part of the overall course.

This semester I was gearing up to include hyperdocs to supplant a long-held Webquest assignment in a course I was taking over.  At the same time, my day job and passion is all about Open Educational Resources – finding good ones, making more available and doing so with fidelity and curricular coherence. Hyperdocs – essentially google docs that allow for a certain degree of student voice – are interesting because they are being collected and published online – then often modified and submitted back to the collection! This is truly the essence of what makes open educational resources both compelling and sometimes hard to understand for school administrators.

Regardless, I saw some Hyperdocs with CC licenses and others hyperdocs-with-bulb2without. This is important if the author wants credit and also to send a clear message about the fact that these Hyperdocs ARE in fact intended to be remixed, reused, and shared widely.

So I decided a couple months ago to build a google doc add-on, partially inspired by OpenEd’s recent success with a Lesson Planning Tool add-on.

I mainly used as a template their sample script code about a google translate sidebar – kept the javascript I needed and scrapped the HTML which is instead based off the code from creativecommons.org/choose  (License Chooser). I eventually had to use Upwork a bit to fix some of the errors in the code and publish to Google but felt good about what I was able to contribute (and with the idea.)!

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-2-17-25-pmSo the Creative Commons License Chooser was launched in the Google Docs Add-on Store! So far the response has been very positive – especially for teachers publishing documents that are meant to be widely shared. I also see uses for STUDENTS publishing their work and using it as a way to teach about copyright and free/closed licenses etc.

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