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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

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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