Remix and the essential elements of digital literacies

Welcome to the last week of the course. In previous weeks you had a chance to reflect on the way you learn, on how you engage with the web and the skills you need to be more effective online, and found out about MOOCs. For this last part of the course we return to the concept of digital literacies from a more open perspective.

The video below is a recording of open educational thinkerer Doug Belshaw's talk at TEDxWarwick 2012. Watch him put the concept of remix at the heart of digital literacies.  


Remix is one of the five activities that define when resources available on the web can be considered open, together with:

  1. Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
  2. Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  3. Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  4. Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  5. Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

These are the 5Rs permissions.

Activity 4.1 Your 5Rs. Allow 15 minutes for this activity

Think about your own work: Which of these Rs do you do? Do you have any experience/examples that you would like to share? Post a comment in the forum and reply to at least one entry from another course participant.

In the next sections, we propose two activities for you to explore the concept of remix. Before then though, you need to learn about open licensing.

Next: About Creative Commons Licenses

Last modified: Wednesday, 14 Mar 2018, 10:12