I've created this page to give you ideas for how you might use WaddenCC content that's published over various websites with a Creative Commons Licence. These ideas will work equally well with other people's content published with the appropriate Creative Commons License (of course, if you intend to use the content for commercial purposes, you must make sure you have permission to do that with other people's content, as some publishers release their work with a Noncommercial usage clause).
Idea #1: Create Versions For Other Computer Platforms
At the time of creating some of my web pages, articles and tutorials, I didn't have access to a Linux or Apple computer; I was just on a relatively bog-standard Windows PC. It served a purpose, but I realise some of the software that I use and that features in my work, won't necessarily be compatible for users on Linux or Apple machines. So, why not re-purpose my content and build your own guides and tutorials for those platforms?
Idea #2: Create Versions For Mobile Devices
Again, at the time of creating some of my web pages, articles and tutorials, I actually don't own a mobile phone (not a smartphone that can surf the internet, anyway) or tablet device, so I couldn't properly check my content to see how it would appear on these mobile devices. So, some of my websites weren't really designed for people using mobile devices. If you've got the resources and know-how, you're more than welcome to make versions for people on smartphones, tablets, and the like.
Idea #3: Create An Updated Version
New versions of software and other products are coming out all the time. If you find tutorials that focus on an outdated version of a particular program, perhaps you can take ideas from that tutorial and make one for a newly released version.
Idea #4: Combine Creative Commons Content From Various Sources
Perhaps there's just the odd one or two bits that you think would be useful for your new project(s), from certain websites ... Well, just use those bits and combine them with content from other Creative Commons sources where you have permission to re-use their content (even for commercial purposes). And then give your work a unique twist by adding your own thoughts, ideas, knowledge, experience, additional research, etc. I usually find it easiest to write if I use the exact same words that I'd use when speaking directly to someone next to me. That can help increase the uniqueness of the articles I write.
Idea #5: Translate It Into A Foreign Language
Are you fluent in a language other than English? Why not translate the parts or all of the content into a different language - maybe even use the content as part of your initiative to create your own Foreign Language tutorials, whereby you have the English version and then also provide the translation into whatever "other" language you're focusing on. Pimsleur's website lists over 40 different language courses, so you've got plenty of options for countries to target.
Idea #6: Create Versions For Those With Certain Disabilities
Can you adapt content and enhance it for those with visual impairment (perhaps they need to use braille machines, or larger text sizes, to help them read). What about people who are hard of hearing (perhaps they need sign-language for certain videos).
Idea #7: Create Versions With Audio And/Or Video
Perhaps some content that you is purely text-based and could do with enhancing visually, or with audio. If you've got the ability and can use a video editor, or audio production software, why not see if you can turn the content into an audio track (e.g. mp3 or make it for downloading to an iPod); or create videos to publish on YouTube.
Idea #8: Be Ultra-critical Of My Content ... And Do Better!
Pick holes in it ...Have I failed to explain something sufficiently? Can you improve it in any way and produce something even better? Well, don't wait for a "by your leave". Get on with it, man! (er, or woman ... don't want to offend the PC brigade).
Idea #9: Ideas For Commercial Purposes
Perhaps you fancy a crack at trying to use Creative Commons content, plus your own creative initiatives, to generate income by producing products to sell: Mobile Phone Apps, eBooks, DVDs, and Websites that generate income via advertising (e.g. Google AdSense ads), immediately spring to mind. Perhaps you already have a "main product" already created, and would like to create "bonus" material to enhance your offer. You might be able to compile a "best bits" guide related to your niche (maybe an eBook in PDF format, for instance).
Idea #10: Ideas For Non-commercial Purposes
Perhaps you're in education (teacher or pupil), creating a school project, and feel you can take ideas from various Creative Commons publishers and use and/or adapt them to enhance your own learning. I've personally found I learn better by trying to create tutorials, rather than by just reading about something. For example, I struggled to learn how to build a website just from reading a book about HTML. I was able to learn much more effectively by reviewing other people's website creation tutorials, and then taking their ideas and creating my own tutorials. I found the act of trying to teach others what I'd learnt helped to reinforce what I'd learnt.
Idea #11: Anything Else I've Not Thought Of?
Perhaps you've thought of a way to re-purpose my content that I've not thought of; maybe ways to combine it with Creative Commons content from other websites? ... That's the beauty of Creative Commons - if you've got other ideas for using Creative Commons content, you don't have to wait for permission to be given, it's in the License, you've already got it - go ahead and make the best use of whatever content you can.
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