Open Access & Public Domain Resources

Copyright and the use of images is a tricky business when using to present at a conference, add to education resources or use on a blog. You need to check the copyright rules and understand permission rights of when you can use an image. It is not acceptable to copy one directly from a Google search as these images are likely copyrighted “All Rights Reserved” and you must get written permission or pay to use such works. Hopefully this post can help you find resources on copyright rules and to find open access images, music and content.

“Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. We unlock the full potential of the internet to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity”(Creative

Added to this difficulty is the fact that the internet is global and copyright rules may be different in each respective country, although new Creative Commons licence 4.0 are internationally valid. This resource is excellent in clarifying the commons licence understanding.

Wanna Work Together? from Creative Commons on Vimeo.


Remember to check each of the above resources copyright and permission rules as not everything will be open access.

Help create a sharing community by adding your contributions and make your resources open access and freely available. Not everyone has the financial means to access journals and articles to keep up to date with the latest evidence base, so even a review can help aid discussion in our global healthcare online communities.



Digital Badges

Learning now happens everywhere, so how can we recognise this learning? One option is to receive digital badges for completion of learning tasks. Earn for online skills, completing modules or engaging in a community.

Digital Badges

Think back to your childhood, you may have been a scout or guide and been awarded a badge for attaining a proficiency such as knot tying or map reading. This reward provided recognition of an achievement for the person to record and demonstrate they had been assessed and deemed competent in a skill. With the online world increasing in education delivery it is important to recognise achievements. Digital badges are a method of recognition, you can then store them in a digital backpack.

Digital Open Badges are:

  • Free and open: “Mozilla Open Badges is not proprietary. It’s free software and an open technical standard any organization can use to create, issue and verify digital badges.
  • Transferable: Collect badges from multiple sources, online and off, into a single backpack. Then display your skills and achievements on social networking profiles, job sites, websites and more.
  • Stackable: Whether they’re issued by one organization or many, badges can build upon each other and be stacked to tell the full story of your skills and achievements.
  • Evidence-based: Open Badges are information-rich. Each badge has important metadata which is hard-coded into the badge image file itself that links back to the issuer, criteria and verifying evidence”.

From MozillaWiki (2014).

Digital Open Badges make it easy to:

  • “Get recognition for the things you learn,
  • Give recognition for the things you teach,
  • Verify skills,
  • Display your verified badges across the web”.

From MozillaWiki (2014).

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Creating a Badge

The below references provide a guide to digital badges, and the available resources to create simple digital badges. My experience was to try the free websites and use very simple processes for creating open badges, which you can see above as my first attempt. If I had the coding skills I would like to create, bake and complete a digital badge to share on open access (one for the future).


Mozilla (2016) Open Badges

Mozilla Wiki (2014) Badges

Badge Alliance (2016) Badge Issuing Platforms

Wikipedia (2016) Digital Badge

Blackall, L. (2015). Displaying ONPhD badges


Open: How We’ll Work, Live & Learn In The Future by David Price

The ‘Open’ revolution is now upon us and will affect education at all levels. How we source learning opportunities, how we actually learn, how we engage will all be impacted on by this open revolution. Open is not just about technology, but a behaviour shift impacting on the social level of modern civil society.

What it is?

The Open revolution is a social revolution that represents a fundamental challenge to the established order of thinking. It disrupts and changes, so learning will never be the same again.

The collective social movement can affect almost every aspect of our lives, not just in education. The premise that learners are now producers, not just consumers and that we share what we learn is part of ‘open’. Creating a social space and learning from one another is part of open.

Learning Networks

How we learn and when we learn has thus been transformed. Learning now happens in 3 formal and informal places:

  1. Formal education setting such as school, college or university
  2. Workplace
  3. Home and leisure time (social learning space)

Peer to Peer

In the digital age, information flows faster and more freely than ever before and we are more connected which means barriers to learning are being dismantled. Look at the potential impact massive open online courses (MOOCs) and how they may impact and change adult learning. Going open for the traditional institution will be a benefit by turning learning ecosystems into learning commons.

This transformation on how we engage in learning and our capacity to learn, especially the informal settings (such as social media) challenges the traditional market approach to education.


Price, D. (2013). OPEN: How we’ll work, live and learning the future. Crux Publishing Ltd. [sample here]

Also follow on Twitter: @DavidPriceOBE