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#OCL4ED I learned something new in session 4. I learned about the option to release something into the public domain via CC. I have in the past given away collections of photos and images that I have created for people to use any way they like. I never attached any sort of license because I wanted people to be able to use them freely. I'm happy to know I can actually release future projects into the the public domain, whether it be images or documents.
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Great Amy, this is exacty what this course is a bout, to learn more  all the time through this wonderful journew towards open education for all and to learn how to choose and use right licences, and to learn in and through networks, please let the journey continue and share your experiences and sprad the word on openness. Sharing is caring, caring is sharing #OCL4Ed
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I pulled out my employee handbook for the institution where I work full-time and read over the section on Intellectual Property rights. It says, in part, that "Scholarly works, lecture notes, examinations, lesson plans, research articles, etc. are considered property of the College. Additionally, the College owns any work created by an employee when such employee was hired, commissioned, or assigned to create the specific work."

I don't have much of a problem with this. If the school is paying me to do the work that I do then I can see how they would expect that work to stay with them when I leave. The only issue I might have is that so many educators, including me, are working for multiple institutions and possibly running their own training companies.The handbook goes on to say that "work that is the same as, directly related to, or substantially similar to a work for which that employee has been specifically assigned, hired, or commissioned by the College to create, then 'significant use' of College resources will be presumed and ownership of the work shall belong to the College."

I'm not sure how that could ever be enforced. If I'm teaching a communications course for 3 different institutions and through my own company then who gets to claim ownership over the materials I create in the process? This is where copyright law seems completely silly. Nobody owns the work. I don't own it and none of the institutions own it. It's simply a process of knowledge transfer. #OCL4ED  
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Not many unions in higher ed here; Oklahoma is not a very union friendly state. K-12 teachers are unionized.

In my case, I simply don't worry about it. They can have it all when I leave :)
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I just finished the first session of the Open Content Licensing for Educators course offered by OERu. As an educator, I am mulling over the idea that knowledge cannot be "owned." We all gather information from and are influence by people, events, books, movies, television, news, etc. Once all of that is in our heads, do we "own" it? Perhaps that is the premise behind copyright. If it is in our heads, then we own it. Of course, it has no value as long as it stays in our heads. When content creators put what is in their heads on paper, or video, or some other distributable medium, they want to be compensated. I have no problem with that. I suppose I am trying to work out the balance between compensation for creating content and freely sharing knowledge with others. #OCL4ED  
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No disputes about data being the new oil and how the social media corporates are slowly locking down the open web. The number of social media sites dropping support for RSS feeds being a case in point. 
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#OCL4ED The copyright case study was interesting. I didn't have any trouble determining whether something was protected by copyright or who held the copyright. What I discovered is that as an educator I have often used material that perhaps I should have asked permission to use. However, this case study isn't going to change how I build a course. 
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Two barriers listed in session 2 of #OCL4ED, restrictive intellectual property policies and lack of time for educators to develop and remix OER, coupled with proprietary data associated with licensing boards are the main barriers at my institution. Students studying for careers in the health field (e.g., nurses, respiratory therapists, surgical technicians) must take state licensing exams in order to work in their fields. As a result, curriculum is built to prepare students to sit for their board exams. The companies/associations who supply the exams to the states also supply the study materials or license other commercial entities to produce study materials. In addition, states often mandate (or strongly suggest) that educational institutions use study materials approved by the exam company or association. Such a closed system makes it difficult for instructors to develop their own materials.

Developing open source materials for general education courses would be much easier. Basic science courses and humanities courses have many open resources available. Then it is just a matter of finding a way to get past the time, budget, and restrictive intellectual property polices.
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Good example of a barrier - i.e. where professional accreditation bodies supply curriculum resources as part of their revenue stream. It will take time to break down these barriers. That said, as you point out  - generating tangible successes through OER adoption in general education courses could be used as demonstrator projects to illustrate the benefits for professional bodies and examining authorities?
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This is my 15-year-old pug-chi mix, Munchkin. She doesn't see or hear too well anymore but still mugs it for the camera. I took this today with my Galaxy S3 cell phone.
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+Amy Jo Garner You are so lucky to have your little girl still with You Amy ... I'd give A LOT to have my Boy by my side right now ...
Give her a big hug from me and tell her that she is Beautiful ! :-)
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This is a favorite cell phone photo taken after a winter storm earlier this month. I call it "St. Francis, Patron Saint of Snow Cone Vendors" :)
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Very funny! Love St. Francis and finally got one for the garden for my birthday this year. Thanks! 
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Macro photography is my interest, so this story intrigues me!

Photographer Uses Cheap Home-Made Camera Rig To Take Stunning Close-Ups of Snowflakes | Bored Panda.: http://www.boredpanda.com/snowflake-macro-photography-diy-alexey-kljatov/
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Dir of Education at Platt College, Moore, OK. I'm artist, gardener, and educator.
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I see the world through a lens of wonder and awe. My inspiration comes from the smallest inner workings of the natural world, and I translate that inspiration into photographs, digital art, mixed media pieces, and oral and written commentary on the world as seen through my eyes. You can visit me at my gallery and shop most Saturdays. Check my blog for more information.

Love of nature leads easily into life as a gardener. I garden on less than a quarter acre in an urban neighborhood. I grow a variety of vegetables and ornamentals and keep chickens for the eggs and the fertilizer. My goal is to turn my little urban plot into a bit of permaculture heaven.

When I’m not wearing my artist apron or my gardening clogs, I spend my days working as an educator. I am the director of education at a local college, an adjunct speech professor at a local Christian college, and hold classes online through my own company, Oklahoma School of Personal Development (OKSPD). I am passionate about helping others find their place and their passion in this world.

Finally, I am a WordPress geek and like all things Android. I am a fan of and participant in the open source movement. All of my artwork and the materials used in courses with OKSPD are Creative Commons licensed.

Connect with me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter! I would love to share creative visions with you.

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