Creative Commons


Today I was introduced to this term-Creative Commons also known as CC. As usual, it would be surprisingly unusual if I were to know this. So, there isn’t any other way to learn about this but to go online searching for the information. That was where I found the link:



This Creative Commons was founded on 2001 and by 2009, it was estimated to have provided 350millions licensing works


So, what does it actually do?
Surely, everyone is familiar with the term copy right reserved ® where it protects any kind of works and you would need permission (if granted) to use it. The hassle of having to go through this made a lot of people (artists, scientists etc) who would just want to share their works with others joined the team- the Creative Commons teamdownload.png
How is  download.png differ from ®?
 Creative Commons is actually a license that is applied to a work that is protected by copyright. It’s not separate from copyright, but instead is a way of easily sharing copyrighted work.
Not everyone needs or wants all those protections. But if they spent the time to license the work each and every time someone was interested in using it, they’d spend a lot of time and money on letting people use their work.Because copyright is magical, a good chunk of what’s created is automatically protected by copyright. Copyright confers some pretty heavy duty protections so that others don’t use your work without your permission.
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that provides licensing structures people can use to license their copyrighted work to anyone willing to abide by the licensing terms. It makes it easy to share work without giving up total control or spending countless hours granting permissions.
How is download.png used?
These simple info graphic gives an idea of how CC is used.
Creative Commons licensing uses four basic restrictions:
  • This requires people who use your work to attribute it to you.
  • No cropping the image to cut off your name or, worse, replacing your name with theirs.
  • They have to let people know that you are the creator or licensor of your work.
  • This means that they can use your work so long as they aren’t using it for a commercial purpose.
  • What’s that mean? Creative Commons defines commercial use as “primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or private monetary compensation.”
  • If you want to take the licensed image and incorporate it into your add free website of freelancer resources,you can do that.
No Derivatives 
  • A derivative work is a work that modifies the original copyrighted work. So a movie is a derivative work of a novel. You don’t have to have such radical changes to constitute a derivative work, though; a sequel to a novel is also a derivative work.
  • If a work is shared under a No Derivatives license, they can use your work as long as they don’t modify it.
Share Alike
  • One of the more permissive restrictions, share alike allows others to use and modify your work so long as they allow others to use and modify the work they create using your work.
*All Creative Commons licenses carry the attribution requirement. You can mix and match the other restrictions that feel best to you. Attribution Share Alike, Attribution Share Alike Non Commercial, Attribution No Derivatives, etc., etc.
The only two restrictions that don’t play well with one another are the Share Alike and No Derivative restrictions.
Who’s with download.png?
Creative Commons obviously was and is still is well accepted by individuals and organisations. The global affiliate network that they have in 85 countries along with its 500 volunteers can definitely vouched for that.
-CC Global Affiliate Network-
In 2009, CCO was launched. CCO was the total opposite of copy rights reserved, which basically waived everything! These self-less individuals/organisations felt that there was a need to share and let others used their works and developed the works further and thus, bringing more new ideas and new information. I personally think that this is amazing! The kind of information sharing that you get have.




MOOC Workshop

          Okay, in my last entry I talked about my experience exploring a MOOC, since then, things have been piling up and one step followed by the other and now I am finally on the phase where I actually get to administer our own MOOC. Yes. Our very own MOOC called TEAL– it is a short version of Technology -Enhanced Active Learning. It will not get any real than this.
          It is almost unbelievable that I am part of this- Not only exploring but actually doing it myself! So in this entry, I will be spilling all the details of how this eventful session went on.
            So, in the class, we were lucky to get Dr. Syukri to come and actually give us a talk on how to establish a MOOC and apart from going into the details and stages of creating a MOOC course, we were also added as the admins for own on TEAL MOOC. It was still in offline mode of course, but we were constantly developing and creating our own products (with the help of our beloved undergraduates). In the workshop, we learnt by making a comparison between the already established MOOC (Introduction to Digital Photography by Dr. Syukri) and our own TEAL MOOC. We also joined an online MOOC course called Instructional Design for Effective Learning so that we would get the idea on how to establish a MOOC and its contents.
        In the workshop, Dr. Syukri taught us about so many elements of MOOC that we have to take into consideration such as the layout, content setup and even the wordings used has to be really scrutinized so that it will be clear for the users.


       One thing that we learnt was the importance of having a promotional video to promote our course. We were shown an example of a promotional video from Dr. Syukri’s MOOC. Later, we all get on together and started brainstorming for our own promotional video. We decided that the duration would be one minute and we came up with a rough storyboard and preparation details needed to get the video made. When we finally came up with the final instructions and storyboard, I felt the kind of satisfaction that I couldn’t be describing with words. It was a really good effort from everyone and I think we worked well as a team. Couldn’t be more prouder than this. I suppose at the end of every class, I would learn something new and it felt very satisfying to be able to get out from my own comfort zone and do this.
            Here were some of the photos from our discussions:

Discussing on the stroyboard
Brainstorming for Ideas
Storyboard and preparation notes for TEAL promotional video
Standardizing wordings for each category in TEAL MOOC


Mocc What?

It is definitely an alien term when I first heard it. Apparently MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course which in a way is the new learning platform which is more flexible as it can be done online. In Malaysia, Ministry of Higher Education teamed up with OpenLearning to launch online courses in public universities. The variation of online courses to choose from is vast and you can explore any new subjects that you are interested in.

These are some graphics about OpenLearning:

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Further reading:

MOOC in Malaysian Education context

-image from NST September 11-

For a newbie like me, we tend to be skeptical on the usage of MOOC as an advance, transformative learning platform, but from the above article, if  we try to understand the rationale of joining the bandwagon, it is actually  to improve on the quality of our education. According to the article, to practice an open, non-secrecy learning system defeating the confined space of the classroom might actually be good, especially when both teachers and students are utilizing technology to optimize their learning. I find this statement as rather true, as having more transparent attitude in  learning, we can at least putting ourselves ‘out there’ as in globally with other students overseas who has been doing it for a very long time. I suppose at the end of it, it really depends on our attitude and our willingness to learn new things or to stay as the way we are.

Experiencing MOOC  For the First Time

I will explore further on the features of my chosen MOOC platform (mind you, each platform and even courses varies yet similar in their on way!). I will share with you what I think about MOOC.

From my observation, there are A LOT of courses offered. Some courses are free, some need to be paid or they might be the combination of two. For my first experience, I choose a course that i feel close to me, the social media.

Media & Social Learning (SMiLe) is my chosen course. This course is under the supervision of Professor Dato’ Dr. Amin Embi who is a professor of Technology-enhanced Learning at University Kebangsaan Malaysia. He has specialized in more than 250 specialized training on e-Learning, Web 2.0, OER, e-Content Development and Flipped Learning 3.0 in Malaysia and Asi

-image from OpenLearning-

What I really like about OpenLearning is the fact that it is user friendly especially for a first timer like me. Once signed up and joined this course, I was given a notification through my email and I then can browse though the course straight away.


The key features of the course can be clearly seen and they are easy to navigate. The features consist of Home, Announcements, Learning Modules and the rest:

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This course has 8 module and they need to be completed in stages, there are dates given for each module (you have to wait for the allocated date in order to go through the modules).


As of now, only module 1 is accessible to me. In module 1, there are four sub topics that I need to go through. Here is the example of question for module 1.3:


As you can see, my post will be read by others (including the facilitator) and they can either ‘like’ it or comment on it or do both. I can also track my progress to see how far along  I am in this course:



All in all, this course is such an exhilarating experience for me- to learn new things and to share it with others. It saves time and encourages me to learn independently which gives me more autonomy in deciding my learning direction.