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Instructions for using the Derive Copy function from content editing and using the Reuse/Edit shortcut from content viewing.

What is an adaptation?

The Derive Copy function in Connexions allows you to create a derivative work ("adaptation") that is based on any published module or collection. An adaptation starts with a copy of existing content, towhich you make changes and then publish as your own, with proper attribution to the original authors. The creation of adaptations is not a method of collaboration, though it is possible to add the original authors to your new content, should they wish to collaborate with you on your new adaptation.

Any adaptations you create is a snapshot of the original at the time you created the work. If at a later time the original contentis updated, your adaptation will not reflect those updates.

Adaptations are permitted under the Creative Commons Attribution License , which applies to all Connexions content. When you publish an adaptation, Connexionsautomatically adds an attribution statement that identifies the original work and its author, which is legally required by theCreative Commons Attribution License.


Some examples of adaptations are:

  • You may wish to create a module or collection that is similar to an existing one, but with some changes. For example, you may find an existing module with excellent explanations that uses an example that won't make sense for your students. You can create a derived copy with a new example. Or perhaps you want to you a module in your collection, but the module contains errors. You contact the original author and suggest corrections. The original author does not respond to your suggestions, so you create a derived copy of the module, insert your changes, and publish the new module.
  • For example, say you are teaching two mathematics courses, but that each course uses a different calculator. You can write modules that show instructions for functions using one of the calculators, and then derive a copy of those modules to show the same functions using the other calculator.
  • Derived copies provide a mechanism whereby content can be translated from one language into another.

Creating adaptations

There are two ways to derive copies of existing content:

  1. If there is a published collection or module that you would adapt, you can now quickly derive a copy directly from the content page itself. At the top of each page of published content, there is now a Reuse / Edit dropdown link .
  2. Or you can checkout content to one of your work areas and derive a copy at a later time from the Edit Content page. (This method is more convenient especially if you wish to derive copies of multiple items. First do a batch checkout , and then derive a copy later.)

Through the "reuse/edit" menu

To check out an editable copy of a collection or module, Search the Content Repository for the content you want to copy. Click on the title of the content you want to copy.

Near the top right corner, select the menu reading Reuse / Edit and click the "Reuse or edit" link for the content you want to copy. (If you are viewing a module in the context of a collection, there are "Reuse or edit" links for both the collection and the module.)

The 'Reuse / Edit' menu in the Content Actions bar.
The 'Reuse / Edit' menu in the Content Actions bar.

You will be prompted to log in if you have not already done so. Then,

  • If you have permission to edit the content , it is assumed that you want to checkout a copy of the content. If you do actually wish to derive a copy and create an adaptation of your own content, you can do that from the Edit Content page after you checkout a new copy of the content ( see below ).

    You will be prompted to select a work area to edit the content in.

    'Choose a work area to check out content to' popup.
    'Choose a work area to check out content to' popup.

    If you leave the "Edit the content now" checkbox selected, you will be redirected to the work area in order to immediately start editing the content.

  • If you do NOT have permission to edit the content , you will be prompted either to:

    • Derive a copy of the content. Deriving a copy allows you to adapt this content and then publish your adaptation.
    • Or check it out anyway. You might choose to checkout the content, even though don't have permission to publish changes. You may ask to be a co-author later, derive a copy later, or just want to see how the content is constructed.
    The pop-up with options to derive a copy or check it out anyway
    Derive a copy or check it out anyway.

    The next step in the pop-up will ask you to select a work area in which to edit the content.

    Choose a work area and accept the license.
    Choose a work area and accept the license.

    If you leave the "Edit the content now" checkbox selected, you will be redirected to the work area in order to immediately start editing the content. You will also need to agree to the Creative Commons Attribution License for your newly derived content. Agree to the license and click Yes, Create Copy to proceed.

    At this point, an adaptation of the original content will be checked out in the work area you selected above. All the contents of the new module or collection are exactly the same as thecontents of the original. The metadata is the same, except for the roles. The roles now show you as an author,maintainer, and copyright holder. You can edit the content of the module or collection, its files, metadata,roles, and links as necessary.

From a checked out copy

If you chose to checkout content for which you did not hold the maintainer role, then if you try to publish the checkout, you will be prompted to derive a copy.

'Publish blocked' message on the Publish tab.
The "Publish" option is blocked.

You can derive a copy of any item in one of your Work Areas at any time. Click on the content to edit it. Then click the Derive Copy link in the Module Status portlet on the right side of the page.

Module Status portlet.
The Module Status portlet with a "Derive Copy" link.

Questions & Answers

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how did psychology begin?
Valerie Reply
of psychologys commencement, the traces can be seen in the work of Aristotle, where he talk about soul and body, likewise work in durrant, de anima, all these were somewhere supporting dualism, in which soul could exist separately from body
but if you talk about the moder psychology, Gustav fechner, is credited with performing scientific experiments, basis of his experiments in psychology with his studies perception.
does psychology deal with love?
Mohammed Reply
Maybe, i think
I definitely would say yes
how so
there are so many different reasons why you can fall in love with someone, many of them develope subconsciously -> psychology
love messes with the brain, a lot, ergo I believe that Psychology does indeed deal with love
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In the central nervous system, a synapse is a small gap at the end of a neuron that allows a signal to pass from one neuron to the next. synapse are found where nerve cells connect with other nerve cells
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edem Reply
who is the father of psychology
Richy Reply
and please, how would you guys, describe the study of psychology at college ?
psychologist student?
i mean not yet but am about to start college so wanna know how is it(college in general and psychology course) please
Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. So if you will take psychology as a subject so you will get to know how your everything (physical, mental, social, spiritual aspects) effects your behaviour
With this brief knowledge you can help people to cope up with their problems and only you can guide them correctly
And if you go for further specialisations you can study hypnosis, face reading, body language etc
Thanks a lot🙏🏾 And ik some of the stuffs u said but i am also going to write thesis, right ?
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hae everyone, hope you are well this evning my question is what is the difference between drive and motivation
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drive is more like an impulse or urge and i think they both go together (drive and motivation) even if there is a slight difference
@ Michael Drive is delivered to be innate without the use of an external stimuli, motivation normally evolves an outside stimuli which may include praise, appreciate, or reward.
*believed...sorry for typo
@Reginald, can't the motivation come from the inner self?
Good question, please give an example.
can we say desire of success for example
Wilhelm Wundt is the father of psychology
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You mean who is the father of having a great educated argumentative guess? nothing is more wrong than this question. The question is you should ask yourselfs is, how sure are you abour their scientific studying? one's percieved assimilated approach to judging another person and saying they are
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Ecofascism is a theoretical political model in which an authoritarian government would require individuals to sacrifice their own interests to the "organic whole of nature". The term is also used as a rhetorical pejorative to undermine the environmental movement.
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A prejudiced person may not act on their attitude.  Therefore, someone can be prejudiced towards a certain group but not discriminate against them.  Also, prejudice includes all three components of an attitude (affective, behavioral and cognitive), whereas discrimination just involves behavior
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Jessie Reply
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Psychology is the scientific study of behavior & mental processes
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