Day 3: Your Web


On Day 3, we’ll take a moment to consider our individual web presence: Where do you publish content online? What social media services do you use? How are you represented personally and/or professionally on these services? As we discuss these questions, we’re going to visualize our digital identities and discuss the implications of professional and personal presences.

From this discussion we will transition to digital tools and their role in identity formation and the validity of websites as hubs for our digital selves. Is your website a reflection of you? Who is the site’s intended audience?

We’ll continue building our websites for most of this session. For our last activity we are going to illustrate our understandings of the web again and compare these illustrations to our original visualizations to demonstrate how our understanding of the web has changed.

Finally we will discuss copyright and open licensing. How would you like to share your contributions to the web? Who owns things? What do you own from the stuff you make? We will look at both publications and classroom materials:


  • Dissertations & Articles
  • Journal Submission & Copyright Agreements
  • Monographs & Textbooks


  • Syllabus
  • Resources (Books, videos, etc.) – Publicly Available vs. Behind “Paywall”
  • How do you support students learning of Copyright when completing their assignments?


Illustrate your web presence – How do you use various web platforms to communicate with different audiences? What facets of your life do you show on each platform? How do your self-representations on those platforms support or challenge one another?

Explore WordPress themes and web design – Website themes allow us to produce attractive websites to showcase our content. Part of today will be spent comparing the pros and cons of various themes and web design elements as each offers a unique look and feel for your website.

Consider the copyright attribution of your website – We will study the differences between the various major types of copyright: All Rights Reserved, Creative Commons, & Public Domain. We will then discuss the ramifications of these types of copyright for both publications and classroom materials.

Continue building – We will use much of our time to continue building our websites. Peer-to-peer feedback and the ability to share challenges and successes will help in overcoming both content and technical hurdles.


A Personal Cyberinfrastructure – Gardner Campbell is a leading scholar in the pedagogical integration of educational technology. The article linked is one of his first writings on the idea of giving everyone at a university a domain of their own and why that would be useful. OU Create was built upon that idea and the subsequent work of Gardner, Jim Groom, and others to fulfill this vision.

Choose a Creative Commons License – Creative Commons Licenses are a form of copyright that provide specified permissions for the dissemination and reuse of the copyrighted material. The tool linked asks questions about how you want to share your work and generates a license. This license can then be attached to the work as a recognizable and transparent expression of the exact terms of the copyright.

Public Domain Video, Images, & Graphics – This link takes you to one database of public domain video, images, and graphics called Pixabay. Public domain materials are entirely free to use and are a great resource for illustrating or decorating both websites and print materials.

Unsplah Public Domain Images – This is another database of public domain images that are all shot and downloadable in high resolution.

What is Fair Use?This library guide collects several different resources that help to explain fair use within the context of teaching. The practical texts guide the user through the basic decision making process of deciding whether or not they can use copyrighted material for their purposes.

OK ShareThis repository was built by OU in partnership with Board of Regents and OSU to archive digital copies of scholarship produced by both schools. Dissertations, articles, and other research can be uploaded here and then shared. OK Share can also provide guidance on the policies of various journals as to whether or not you can upload a copy of an article for further dissemination.