Upon exploring Creative Commons and its concept of non-comprehensive copyrighting, I was further enlightened by the materials found at OER Commons. In particular, the information found at “ABCs by the week” prompted me to consider the question, “Who owns your teaching materials”?
The teachers who created the ABCs lesson supply all aspects of their lesson planning, strategies and activities, i.e., learning outcomes, teacher planning, materials and activities. It is so complete that any teacher could easily transfer his/her materials into a complete, ongoing unit lesson plan – voila! The question then becomes, is one permitted to do so? or is the publishing of that information simply meant to be inspirational – not copied in toto?
Fortunately, Creative Commons has implemented a tool which allows the producer of an idea, concept, etc. to specify how much access a viewer has to his/her works. The blanket limitations of copyright law do not apply.
It then becomes incumbent upon the user to honor those limitations. Further, in a classroom setting, the teacher has a moral obligation to inform students that these issues must be noted and followed, in order for the collaborative aspects of the learning experience to be both enriching and fairly done.