Getting innovative with oer, the creative commons story
Getting Innovative with OER
Do we have academics in the house?
Do we have researchers here?
Do we create content and put online?
Content here refers to
researches, publications, lectures, course
Have you ever been concerned that the
copyright of your content can be infringed?
Have you ever wanted to give limited rights
to your content and copyright did not give
you this opportunity?
Have you ever needed your content to be
widely accepted and usable by people?
Do we need to copy and use content
• Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that
promotes the sharing and use of creativity and
knowledge through free legal tools.
• Creative Common licenses are free, easy-to-use
copyright licenses which provide a
simple, standardized way to give the public
permission to share and use your creative work — on
conditions of your choice.
• Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to
copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable
you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your
Open Educational Resources
Open Education "...is the simple and powerful idea that the
world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in
general and the Worldwide Web in particular provide an
extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and
—The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
"Open educational resources (OERs) are free and openly
licensed educational materials that can be used for
teaching, learning, research, and other purposes." (Wikipedia article)
“OERs are teaching, learning and research materials in any
medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain
or have been released under an open license that permits no-
cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with
no or limited restrictions.“
Creative Commons and Open
The Internet and digital technologies have transformed how people
learn. Educational resources are no longer static and scarce, but
adaptable and widely available, allowing educational
institutions, teachers, and learners to actively participate in a global
exchange of knowledge via Open Educational Resources (OER).
Creative Commons provides the legal and technical infrastructure
essential to the long-term success of OER, making it possible for
educational resources to be
widely accessible, adaptable, interoperable, and discoverable.
Creative Commons and Open
Creative Commons facilitates innovation and
collaboration in education.
CC enables easier discovery of educational resources
on the web.
CC enables educational resources to evolve and be
improved through peer and student edits.
CC offers creators a simple, standardized way to grant
copyright permissions to their work.
CC enables translation of educational resources into
How Creative Commons Makes
Sharing, Adapting and Finding OER Easy
Creative Common Licenses
License Icon Can someone use
Can someone create new
versions of it?
CC-BY Yes Yes
CC-BY-SA Yes Yes, but the new work must
licensed as Share-Alike
CC-ND Yes NO
CC-NC No Yes, the new work must be
Non-Commercial. However, it
can be under any Non-
CC-NC-SA No YES, and they must license the
new work under a Non-
CC-NC-ND No No
Make sure your work is copyrightable
CC licenses apply to works that are protected by copyright. Copyright
protects creative expression. Generally, works that are protected by copyright
are: books, scripts, websites, lesson plans, blogs and any other forms of
writings; photographs and other visual images; some compilations of data;
films, video games and other visual materials; musical compositions, sound
recordings and other audio works
Make sure you have the rights
Before applying a Creative Commons license to a work, you need to make
sure you have the authority to do so. This means that you need to make sure
that the person who owns the copyright in the work is happy to have the
work made available under a Creative Commons license.
Make sure you understand how Creative Commons licenses
How to License Using CC
International Academic Institutions using
CC OER licenses
Athabasca University, Canada
Cybertesis at the Universidad de Chile
Kenyan School of Open