Week 06: Creative Commons

Instructor Notes

Instructor Notes


I’m shifting gears a bit again this week.  Rather than discussing the New Constructionism, as planned, we’re going to shift to the Creative Commons.  Because reasons.   We’ll circle back to New Constructionism later.

In the digital era it is important to have a working understanding of copyright, fair use, and the creative commons.  The legal provisions are mind-bending and situational – we won’t spend much time there.   Instead, we’ll focus on aspects of creative learning and creative community in the digital space.  Heretoo, we could spend weeks exploring, but we’ll boil things down to the creative commons – their mission, purpose, and contributions to the digital storytelling mediascape.

Admittedly, this can be a rather dry topic.  We will not be taking a deep-dive on copyright, fair-use or the creative commons – rather we will complete a moderate review of the creative commons.  I simply need you to be aware.

Take note of the Fair Use Commandments video in our playlist, this was produced by a former student as a Challenge for this class.

Module Notes

Module 02: Context

In this module we will establish the context for this course.

  • Week 04:  Multimobility  – We’ll explore dimensions of the modern media landscape, e.g. multi-device / multimode / multi-literacies. (Challenge – your pick)
  • Week 05:  Transmedia Storytelling – We’ll explore examples and techniques of Transmedia Storytelling.  (Dialog)
  • Week 06:  New Constructionism – We’ll explore participatory storytelling and creative culture.   (Summary & Reflection)


Class Podcast


Class Soundtrack

This is a collaborative playlist in Spotify.  If you have a Spotify account (free), I will invite you to contribute, but it’s not required.  This is tied to a few class activities and will evolve based on your ideas and input.


Open in Spotify   



We’ve used Twitter extensively in past versions of this course, but it is no longer required.

We’ll keep using #inte5340 if you want to post and share things here – it’s useful for connecting with #inte5340 and #ds106 communities as well as the Social Fiction Challenge.

If you post to Twitter, be sure to use #inte5340 so we can find it.



Weekly Watch

Everyone’s a Violator | What is Creative Commons | Fair Use Commandments
(highlight video title above to discuss | click on playlist icon to pick videos )

Week Two Tasks

(1) Watch and annotate the videos in the Weekly Watchlist (above).

(2) Complete the Weekly-Thing.   Each week we will ask you to do a small thing related to this week’s topic.  The Weekly-Thing is posted to the #mixtape channel on Slack each Tuesday.  Find it.  Do it. Post it to the #mixtape channel.  

(3) Read & annotate the following article(s) within your assigned hypothes.is group:

Lessig, L. (2008). In defense of piracy. The Wall Street Journal11.

Copyright, Creative Commons, and Public Domain | UH OER Training. (2018). Pressbooks-dev.oer.hawaii.edu

(4) Review the State of the Commons 2016 report and select a favorite project.   Which project appealed to you the most, and why?  How might you use this in your own teaching and learning?  Tell us about it in the #random Slack channel.

(5) Summarize & Reflect on your growth & discovery in this module.  

On your blog, summarize your learning, productivity and participation for the past 3 weeks.  This will be the basis of your module grade. Demonstrate evidence of your effort and creativity – tell me, show me, and sell me.

Embed ALL of your creations in the blog post.  This should be a gallery of your work for this module.

Explain your hero’s journey of the past 3 weeks using a mix of media.   Any combination of text, graphics, audio, video, etc. Consider week 1 (orientation); week 2 (hero’s journey); and week 3 (renovations) in your post.

Answer all of the following questions:

  1. What was your favorite topic, article or video? Why?
  2. What was the best hypothes.is discussion? Why? Provide quotes.
  3. What was your favorite creation from a classmate? Who impressed you? Why?
  4. What did you make and what tools did you use? (challenges, dialogs, weekly-thing)
  5. How did you challenge yourself? What was your biggest stretch?

Post a link to your blog post in the #module-02 Slack channel when done.




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