Potluck – a meal or party to which each guest contributes a dish.

Designs for Creative Commons Certificates have now been generated complete with modules, units, and learning objectives.

In education terms we’ve created a syllabus for each of the educator, government, and librarian certificates.

The designs start first with a foundation curricula representing all the topics, knowledge, and skills essential to a comprehensive understanding of Creative Commons. We call this foundation CORE. Here is what it looks like at the macro level and in detail.

CORE Modules Image

CORE Details
CORE Modules Details

The Educator, Government, and Librarian certificate designs start with selected modules and units of learning from CORE and then add specialized role based learning around how Creative Commons is used by someone in each of those three roles. Here are example designs for each.

Educator Certificate Example
Educator Certificate Example

Government Certificate Example
Government Certificate

Librarian Certificate Example
Librarian Certificate

The Potluck Approach

Collectively CORE and these three specialized certificate designs represent a menu of certificate options. The methodology for creating specialized certificates can easily be used to create other new certificate options. You could even design your own.

While we have ingredients and a sense of what each certificate ought to be, we still need to create recipes that convert those ingredients into a fabulous meal and provide an engaging and nourishing experience. Cooking, serving, and dining essentially constitute the learning experience we’ve yet to define.

If we were to create the certificates using a traditional education or training approach we’d  pre-define all the courses of the meal, come up with the recipes, assemble the ingredients, do all the cooking, and serve up the result in Creative Commons restaurant. However, Creative Commons is about direct participation in a sharing culture. If the certificates merely provide a consumptive dining experience we’ll fall considerably short of ensuring you have the experience of actively engaging in creating a vibrant, collaborative, global commons.

We think the Creative Commons certificate learning experience shouldn’t be like fast food or fine dining, more like  potluck. With potluck you are part of the cooking, serving, and dining experience.

Potluck Dinner
Potluck Fotos vom World Cafe #9 by info-graz licensed CC BY

You’ve probably all been to a potluck dinner. I’ve hosted lots of them. For a potluck each person selects a recipe of their choice, cooks and prepares the dish and brings it to the dinner to share. Sometimes a theme for the potluck is established in advance to guide decision making about what to make. Usually people pick a dish they themselves enjoy and make enough to share with a good number of others but not necessarily all. Arriving at the dinner you put your dish on a communal table.

While waiting for all guests to arrive there is a lot of social conversation and interaction. Often the conversation is about the dish you brought. What’s the story behind your dish? How did you prepare it? Why did you choose that dish?

And then at some point dining begins and everyone helps themselves from the array of choices, assembling their own plate of food from the bountiful potluck spread. Usually a wide range of food is sampled but not everything.

Eating generates more conversation and social interaction. People identify dishes they especially like, helping themselves to seconds of favourites. Especially memorable dishes lead to requests for recipes and an exchange of advice on how best to make it.

At the end of a potluck you’ve been fed, fed others, made new friends and acquired the means to make yourself some of the delicious things you’ve tasted. Potluck dinners simplify meal planning, engage everyone in directly contributing to the meal and distribute effort and costs across all.

Thats the kind of Creative Commons certificate learning experience we want to create.

We’re making the process of creating and taking the Creative Commons certificates potluck.

We’ve deliberately not fully defined the resources (ingredients), learning activities (recipes), and ways to assess learning outcomes (presentation, taste, originality, …). Instead we thought we’d potluck these aspects of the certificates and invite all of you to share and contribute.

We’re thinking the actual experience of taking the certificates should be potluck with successful completion of the certificate learning experience involving:

  1. Using Creative Commons for personal and / or work
  2. Participation in and development of the Creative Commons community
  3. Creating new resources for the certificates themselves
  4. Using Creative Commons to contribute to a global good

Potluck Invitation

Potluck begins with an invitation. So here’s our invitation to you.

Do you know of a resource that we could use to support learning on CORE or specialized certificate topics? Let us know. Got some suggestions for fantastic CORE or specialized certificate learning activities? Let us know. Got ideas for what certificate completion and award entails? Let us know.

We’re looking to do potluck workshops with educators, government, and librarians to collaboratively develop the potluck certificate learning experience. Let us know if there is an opportunity for us to do a workshop with you.

To help gather your potluck contributions we’re providing a means for you to easily submit feedback here. As contributions are made we’ll integrate them into the certificates.

If you’d simply like to stay informed about the Creative Commons certificate initiative you can do so here.

Feature image by Elaine Casap https://unsplash.com/photos/qgHGDbbSNm8