Creative Commons for Educators: A Free Online Course to Help Teach Digital Skills

March 14, 2013 Peter Baron

File this under, “a great opportunity for teachers.”

Our friends at Creative Commons teamed up with P2PU to launch the newly minted School of Open, a free service that offers “courses on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, research, and beyond.”

If you’re interested in learning how to find and adapt free, useful resources & activities focused on teaching digital world skills to students, their facilitated course, Creative Commons for K-12 Educators, was created with you in mind.

Also, if you haven’t taken a course online, it’s a good chance to get your feet wet.

In addition to the Creative Commons offering, additional ones include courses on Copyright 4 and authoring articles for Wikipedia. The full descriptions are below:

  • Copyright 4 Educators (US) – Sign up if you’re an educator who wants to learn about US copyright law in the education context.
  • Copyright 4 Educators (AUS) – Sign up if you’re an educator who wants to learn about Australian copyright, statutory licenses and open educational resources (OER).
  • Creative Commons for K-12 Educators – Sign up if you’re a K-12 educator (anywhere in the world) who wants to learn how to find and adapt free, useful resources for your classroom, and incorporate activities that teach your students digital world skills.
  • Writing Wikipedia Articles: The Basics and Beyond – Sign up if you want to learn how to edit Wikipedia or improve your editing skills — especially if you are interested in and knowledgeable about open educational resources (OER) (however, no background in this area is required).

Sign up remains open through March 17 with the sessions beginning the week of March 18.

If you can’t carve out the time for their first round of courses, School of Open offers a set of asynchronous courses that you can find here.

The clock’s ticking so don’t miss out. Jump over to the School of Open for more information.

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