MoodleNet is a new open social media platform for educators, focused on professional development and open content.
To facilitate the ‘open content’ part of MoodleNet’s mission, we propose that users sharing content via upload may choose from three open licenses, all provided by Creative Commons:
- CC Zero – “No rights reserved” (i.e. the work is dedicated to the public domain)
- CC BY 4.0 – “Some rights reserved” (i.e. the work is free to use, change, and redistribute so long as the original creator is acknowledged)
- CC BY-SA 4.0 – “Some rights reserved” (i.e. the work is free to use, change, and redistribute so long as the original creator is acknowledged AND any derivative works are similarly licensed)
These are Free Culture licenses, defined in the following way:
- the freedom to use the work and enjoy the benefits of using it
- the freedom to study the work and to apply knowledge acquired from it
- the freedom to make and redistribute copies, in whole or in part, of the information or expression
- the freedom to make changes and improvements, and to distribute derivative works
There is more detail about this on the Creative Commons website, which goes into much more detail about Free Cultural Works.
By taking this approach to uploading content to MoodleNet we would be following the lead of Wikimedia Commons, who have a comprehensive page on what is and what is not allowed on their platform. We believe that we can take a simpler approach with MoodleNet, with the added advantage that Creative Commons licences are already translated into most major languages.
Here is a (low-fidelity) wireframe example workflow for a user uploading a resource to MoodleNet:
What do you think of this approach? Is this what you were expecting? What else would you like to see (if anything)?