One of the advantage of OERs is the ability to mix content from different sources or mix textbook content with your own materials to create something that exactly fits the need of your course. In order to do this, you need to understand how materials are licensed and made available for re-use.
Licenses allow the copyright holder to retain the copyright of a work while also releasing some of their rights to others. Creative Commons offers six different licenses that allow the copyright holder to retain their copyright while allowing rights to copy, distribute, make derivative works, and publicly display or perform their work. These rights may be assigned separately or in combination.
When choosing an OER, check how it is licensed using the tools below to understand how you are able to adapt and re-use the text to match the needs of your students.
"CC Chart", is a derivative of slide 88 of “The OER 101 Workshop at USM II” by Zaid Alsagoff used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5. ”CC Chart” is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 by Amanda Pape and modified by Jane Scott and licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5.
Text description of Creative Commons in a Nutshell for web accessibility
All of the Creative Commons Licenses require attribution.
Elements for any attribution include:
See Best Practices for Attribution, including multiple examples, from:
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