This is a short course on open educational resources (OER) that provides an overview and de-mystify concepts related to copyrights and Creative Commons licences. It is designed to promote better understanding of OER amongst educational leaders, administrators, teachers, librarians and students.
At the end of this course, you are expected to be able to:
Topic 1 – Introduction to Open Educational Resources
Topic 2 – Copyright and Open Licensing
Topic 3 – Finding and Evaluating OER
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COLcommons.org is a short-courses platform maintained by the Commonwealth of Learning, which is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government in 1987 to promote the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. For details about COL, visit the Website: https://www.col.org/
The main objective of the “platform” is to provide increased access to quality education and training in the Commonwealth countries. Recognising the need for capacity building to leverage the power of distance education and technology-enabled learning, we offer just-in-time self-paced training on a range of topics, not limited to teaching and learning alone.
COL believes that learning is key to sustainable development. Therefore, we adopt a lifelong learning continuous professional development approach to offer the courses on this platform. All courses are short (that can be completed in about two to five hours), and can be completed, from anywhere. Users only need access to Internet to benefit form the knowledge resources offered on the platform.
The courses are developed with the support of leading experts on the relevant topics and are also offered in collaboration with partner institutions. On completion of the courses, the learner receives a “Certificate of Completion”, which can be shared online on social media, especially LinkedIn directly through the platform. The certificates are issued as a token of professional development and achievement of specific competences and are not offered as a replacement to any degree or diploma offered by partner institutions or any other degree granting bodies. However, partner institutions may integrate the courses in their formal courses to offer accredited degree or diploma.
Welcome to the “COLcommons” online platform (“platform”) maintained by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). The platform offers short courses for just-in-time learning for anyone interested to develop understanding and skills related to the topics covered.
Access to online “platform” is provided as a service by COL and its usage is expected to be on an “as is” basis. While every effort has been made to provide accurate information, the views and opinions expressed in the courses are those of the authors and neither reflect the views of COL or its partners nor provide an endorsement by COL or its partners. All products and services mentioned in the course are owned by their respective copyright holders. COL accepts no responsibility or liability for your use of the platform or the courses, and your use is entirely at your own risk.
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By accessing and using the platform, you agree to the following conditions where failure to comply with any one of these will be treated as breach of the Code of Honour:
As an inter-governmental organisation, COL is committed to the highest standards of privacy and protection of user information online. COL has not made use of any software on this website that is able collect personal information from users without their explicit knowledge or share user data with other applications or entities.
Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are referenced for the purpose of establishing the number of unique site visits to monitor site traffic and inform site analytics. No personal information is referenced or stored. Data used for website analytics purposes is in aggregate form only.
The “platform” contains links to external sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, where users may have accounts. COL does not gather profile data from these or other external sites.
Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is committed to promote equitable quality learning opportunities for persons with disabilities (PwD). We strive to ensure that learning experience on the COLcommons.org is accessible for all learners. Every effort is made to appropriately adopt Web Content Accessibility Guidelines while developing the courses for the platform. Courses are tested using NDVA for accessibility. We recommend, you download NVDA for using the courses, if you need accessibility support. Courses with videos use closed captioning, and also supported by transcript.
While the platform is open to anyone to learn, we encourage educational institutions in the Commonwealth to join us as “Partner” to offer the courses on the platform to their students and teachers. The guidelines for collaboration is available here for download.
Users from the “Partner” institutions will receive a joint certificate. “Partner” institutions may also offer short courses on the “platform” in collaboration with COL.
For expressing interest to join the platform as “partner”, please write to: tel[at]col[dot]org
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