Rationale for the course

K-12 educators would like to find and adapt free, useful resources for their classes. Some would even like to incorporate activities that teach their students digital world skills -- such as finding, remixing, and sharing digital media and materials on the web. In this lightly facilitated course, we will learn how to do these things with each other in a peer learning environment.

Why Open Education Matters from Blink Tower on Vimeo.

Who should take this course?

  • Elementary, primary, or secondary school educators
  • Anyone interested in primary education who would like to obtain the skills listed below

What will I learn?

Depending on how much you put into the course and work with your peers, you may learn how to:

  • Find educational resources that are open for sharing and remix
  • Remix open educational resources
  • Share remixes on the web
  • Attribute CC licensed materials
  • CC license your work
  • Explain CC licenses and how they work
  • Edit collaboratively
  • Work transparently
  • Advocate openness

What won't I learn?

This course will not cover copyright law. There is another course, called Copyright 4 Educators, that will cover that in depth:

  • Copyright 4 Educators (AUS) - This course is open to anyone in the world, but will focus on Australian copyright law as pertains to education.
  • Copyright 4 Educators (US) - This course is open to anyone in the world, but will focus on US copyright law as pertains to education.

This is not a comprehensive course on the history and impact of openness in education. There is another course, called Intro to Openness in Education, that will survey all of that.

  • Intro to Openness in Education - take this course if you are interested in gaining a bird's eye view of openness in education as it applies to education, research, policy, assessment, and more. This course is stand-alone and not facilitated, which means you are free to work through it at your own pace.

What is the time commitment?

The course will run for a period of 7 weeks, as split up to the left and below. Each week has a different task to complete, which is due the following Sunday. Tasks may take anywhere from half an hour to two hours or more, depending on how much effort you and your small group wants to put in that week. Like most things in life-- the more time you put into it, the more you will get out of it.

Course break-down

  • 3 March - Week 1: Introduce yourself and your classroom need
  • 10 March - Week 2: Creative Commons in Context
  • 17 March - Week 3: Find the materials with the rights you need
  • 24 March - Week 4: Remix and attribute
  • 31 March - Week 5: Share your work
  • 7 April - Week 6: Collaborate and create
  • 14 April - Week 7: Share your resource about CC

Communication tools

See Communicating in this course on the left.

Peer learning

This is a P2PU course, which means that we are experimenting with new methods of course delivery and rely heavily on peer-to-peer interactions for teaching and learning. Though this course will have a facilitator to move things along, the learning is up to you and your fellow educators, especially as the course is centered around Google Group discussion and projects. Learn more about P2PU's theory of learning here.

Who is facilitating the course?

My name is Jane Park and I have been with Creative Commons since 2008. When it comes to CC licenses, I know my stuff! I have also been a volunteer with P2PU for just about as long, so I know a thing or two about this community. To read more about me or anyone else taking this course, go to the 'People' tab up top and you'll find links to all of our profiles. You can also learn more about me over at the Creative Commons staff page.

As the facilitator, I will help you with logistics, provide feedback on all completed tasks, and answer your questions to the best of my ability via comments and the Google Group.

Reuse this course

Except otherwise noted, all course contents on this site and participant contributions to the cc4k12 blog are licensed under CC BY-SA, the default license of p2pu.org. We encourage you to publish your own works elsewhere under the same or more liberal license. Remember that if you build on anything in this course, you must share-alike.


Photo credit: "Aap-Noot-Mies / Primer in the classroom" by Nationaal Archief has no known copyright restrictions