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Savvy Creator: How do you create new information or knowledge?
Why does this matter?
You are not only a consumer of information but also a creator. This may mean creating something entirely new or modifying an existing resource to share ideas and concepts.
Scenario: You have an Astronomy assignment to share your research results with the class, but instead of a traditional research paper, the instructor would like you to create a video, podcast, or poster to convey your research results. What tools could you use to do this? How might you find images for use on a poster without having to worry about possible copyright violations?
Tools For Creating
Do you need assistance with specific software or technical skills? Check-out LinkedIn Learning* (formerly Lynda.com)an online training resource containing thousands of videos on the latest software tools and skills. All U Sask students, faculty and staff have free and unlimited access to this resource.
The site for finding out about Creative Commons licenses and for searching for images, music, and other files that carry a Creative Commons open license.
Use Creative Commons licensed materials for educational and other purposes without having to worry about most of the limitations set by copyright restrictions. Also, determine what open license you may wish to put on your own work.
A blog (short for web log) is an online tools that can be used for sharing reflections, news, photographs, and other pieces of information that others may comments on. It may be public or private. It can have more than one contributor / author.
This blog post (from the University's Distance Education Unit) provides information for both instructors and students on designing a podcast for an assignment. There are tips and resources for students as well as information specific to submitting audio files via Canvas.
Using, Creating, and Sharing Ethically
When you create something new or re-mix existing works, likely you have consulted others' ideas, works, etc., to inform your own creation whether that is a research paper, an infographic, or a presentation. It is important to work with integrity and give a formal shout-out to all of those that help shape your own work.
An initial step is to ensure you are working ethically and with integrity, meaning you are not stealing other people's works and representing them as your own. That is not cool and even more serious, you could get into serious trouble for academic misconduct for committing plagiarism.
Your best bet is to always provide attribution, or credit, to the ideas and works that are not your own. Basically, always give credit where credit is due! What does this look like in practice? The Writing Centre and the University Library has many resources on how to paraphrase, summarize, and cite, including