NCVPS Professional Learning

May 2, 2016

Finishing Up with the Copyright PL

We are fast approaching the finale for our Copyright PL. You have been a wonderful group. We continue to be impressed with your enthusiasm, insight, and thoughtfulness. As we prepare to finish, here is some important information:


  • The final module, "Lessons Learned", has 2 assignments for you to submit. These assignments should be submitted prior to the required LC for this module.
  • The final LCs are schedule for 8 PM on either Wednesday, May 11 or Thursday, May 12. We will use BB Collaborate.
  • Once you have completed the PL course, there will be a final evaluation that will prompt you to complete 2 different surveys. In order to have a certificate of completion generated and emailed to you, you MUST complete these two surveys.
  • If any of your work needs to be revised or resubmitted, you will be contacted via email to revise it.

Take 5 - OpenAttribute: Making Attributions Easier

In the latest episode of Take 5, the application OpenAttribute is featured. This app will allow you to quickly generate a proper attribution for a CC license. Check out the video to show you how to use OpenAttribute.
Take 5: OpenAttribute

What's in an attribution?

Attributions allow for proper credit to be provided when using an online resource. We recommend that instructors follow the TASL format.



  • T = Title (give the proper title of the work)
  • A = Author (provide the name of the author, creator, or owner)
  • S = Source (where can the resource be found)
  • L = License (include the type of license provided for using the work)



A great exemplar showing a proper attribution is listed below. It comes from Erin Maccarelli. In her attribution, Erin listed the title of the work (NASA MARCbot), the author (swimfinfan), the source (https://www.flickr.com/photos/swimfinfan/2933648096/), and the license (CC 2.0). Great job to Erin for following the TASL method.


For more about proper attributions, visit https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/Best_practices_for_attribution

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Music in the Classroom

Several of our instructors have commented that they were surprised to learn that they could not play music in their classroom while students were working on assignments. Often the terms of use do not provide for music to be played in classrooms if there is not a bonafide educational purpose for the song. While educators can make a Fair Use claim to play music in the classroom for educational purposes, generally the terms of use of most sites do not allow music to be streamed and played in the classroom. One suggestion that you may wish to consider is finding music associated with a CC license. The LiveBinders resource provides several links to CC and royalty free music including BenSound.