Teacher as Student

Teacher as Student – Participating in Open Pedagogy

Posted by: Dr. Connie Blomgen, June 5, 2020

From June to August, 2020 Kylie Fineday, Sarah Hammershaimb, and I enrolled and studied the Creative Commons (CC) Certificate course for librarians, as part of the Annora Brown Art, Life, and Legacy OER education project. The CC course introduces and then takes a deep dive into the understanding of the uses of open licenses. As the course content demonstrates, the 6 licenses affect each other when, such as in a lesson plan, several licenses cobble together within a larger learning resource. To support our Annora Brown OER project, we felt we needed this deep dive CC understanding.

People such as Kylie, Sarah and I (art gallery assistant, Ed Doctorate student, and educator, respectively) need to understand the CC licenses, and copyrights more broadly to properly and effectively take full advantage of the permissions allowed with the CC licenses. Even conventional copyright has a limit to its enclosure (i.e. in Canada, 70 years past the death of the creator) from when most works enter the public domain. But as people involved with education, we witness and experience that knowledge creation is happening now and being able to properly share these newly created artefacts of learning requires alternatives to conventional copyright – hence the need for the flexibility and the various permissions of the six CC licenses. But as the first module of the course highlights, Creative Commons is more than the licenses; it also entails an organization and a movement toward openness in education.

The customary practice of assignment submissions only for the instructor to view and assess have been called “disposable assignments” (Wiley, 2013, para 5). In contrast to such one-use assignments, the CC course design and the facilitators encourage the open sharing of information and completed assignments with CC licenses, so that these artefacts of learning live beyond the course. Consequently, to walk the talk, to move toward openness, the following assignments represents my course work and that too of Kylie and Sarah.

Because of the permissions granted by the CC licenses you may practice Wiley’s (2013) 5Rs – retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute these newly minted OER.

Listed below are the assignments that we want to share.

Best wishes,

Kylie, Sarah and Connie



Wiley, D. (2013). What is open pedagogy? [blog]. https://opencontent.org/blog/archives/2975


Creative Commons Timeline (Image)



Canadian Copyright for K-12 Educators (Powerpoint)


Creative Commons (Video)


Making Sense of Creative Commons Licenses (Powerpoint)

Click to view or download: Making Sense of Creative Commons Licenses