You probably have noticed the Creative Commons license logo while surfing the web and may or may not have payed much attention to it. Creative Commons’ tagline “a culture of sharing” is quite appropriate to its applications, as it allows one to license his/her work (media, writing etc.) permitting usage for purposes he/she designates.
Why is this important in the realm of education? First, students can searched for licensed work, such as photographs or media to be used in projects, directly through Creative Commons. There, they can read the simple terms of the license and make sure that their usage is in line with the wishes of the work’s creator. In doing so, citing sources becomes easier as well.
Secondly, students and teachers can license their own work before publication, making the decision of by whom and how the work may be used. which is not only good practice but a good learning experience as well.
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