Creative Commons for TAACCCT Grantees


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Presentation I gave to U.S. Department of Labor Region 5 TAACCCT grantees (Rounds 2 & 3) on their Technical Assistance convening on 9 July, 2014. Applicable to all TAACCCT grantees.

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  • Hello everyone! Thanks to Darren for the intro. I’m here tell you all about the Creative Commons license requirement that was in your SGAs, how to fulfill that requirement, and more importantly, what that CC license requirement really means for you as a TACT grantee.

    I’d like to begin with a show of hands – how many of you have heard about Creative Commons before today? Okay, now how many of you could explain what Creative Commons is to the person next to you?

    Ok, so that’s why I’m here.
  • My name is Jane Park, I work for Creative Commons the organization. I’ve been working for Creative Commons for a little over 6 and a half years now, a really long time, so I am definitely one of the people you want to talk to you if you have questions about the licenses or anything else we do.

    There’s my email, but don’t worry if you don’t remember it, I’ll be very clear about how you can contact us at the end of the hour. If you’d like to sign up for CC news, that’s also the link – but again you don’t have to remember it b/c I’ll be putting this all online.
  • So we have a very full hour ahead of us because I’m going to try and cover all of these things today. But if I don’t get through all of it, it won’t be a problem either because I have two office hour sessions this afternoon where you can come by and ask me any questions you like, we can walk through anything I missed and more.
    So first I’m going to talk about stuff you already know, namely what the TACT grant program is all about, then I’m going to cover the CC BY license requirement in detail, give you some background on Creative Commons and what we do, how we tie into the Open Educational Resources movement, give you examples of OER that have been created by TACT grantees like you from Round 1, how you can find and build on Round 1 grantee resources, and finally I will tell you about the free services we are offering to help you fulfill your grant requirements, already paid for, thanks to the Gates foundation.
  • So first, let’s begin with the stuff you already know from a big picture angle. The TACT grant program. With $2 billion dollars being distributed over 4 years starting in 2011, TACT is the largest OER initiative in the world. OER stands for Open Educational Resources. How many of you in the room are familiar with the term OER?

    I’ll talk about OER more in depth later, but for now just know that TACT is an OER initiative thanks to the CC By license requirement of the grant program which requires that all new materials developed with grant funds are openly licensed to the public under the CC BY license.

    All $2 billion of these funds are being granted to community colleges to:
    Expand education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less
    In order to Help adults acquire the skills and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the needs of employers

    TACT is the single largest Federal investment in the Community College system
  • TACT focuses on the industry sectors where there is high potential for growth. This graph is based on awards granted so far, and you can see that the most popular sectors are

    Basic Education, Health, and Manufacturing, followed by energy, transportation, and information technology

    TACT is all about creating open educational resources in the vocational industry that make up the U.S. economy.
  • Region 5, where we are all from today, spans 10 states. I have been told that Manufacturing and Healthcare are the most popular focuses of your TACT grants. Who here has a focus other than manufacturing and healthcare?

    What is your focus? And yours?

    Ok, good that we have a variety of industry sectors represented today.
  • So that’s the stuff you already know. Now on to the CC BY license requirement that is part of your grant.
  • This language is taken directly from your SGA, and it is exists in for all four rounds of TACT grantees.

    The requirement states: “To ensure that the…”

    Here I underlined a few phrases because I’ll be expanding on them later. The Department of Labor is requiring the CC By license to

    First of all - broaden its impact and
    Secondly - to encourage innovation

    So let’s put these two points on the backburner now, and go on to examine the rest of the SGA language.
  • The purpose of the CC BY license is to ensure that materials developed with funds result in Work that can be freely reused and improved by others.

    The CC By license is the legal mechanism by which others may reuse and improve the materials that you and your team will develop with grant funds. And the idea is that this reuse and improvement will broaden the impact of your materials, and also fuel innovation based on these materials.
  • One point of clarification I’d like to make, that is also expressly stated within your SGA, is that the license requirement only applies to materials that you create with TACT grant funds.

    So simply stated, if you own the material you create, you must add a CC BY license to it. This applies to existing material you own that you make changes or additions to with grant funds as well.

    If you don’t own material, you don’t have to CC BY license it because you don’t have the rights to do so.
  • So that means that the CC BY license requirement does not apply to:

    Any “pre-existing copyrighted materials licensed to or purchased from third parties, including modifications to such materials”
    And of course the requirement does not apply if you did not use grant funds to create it.

    So for example, let’s say you have a set of textbooks that you licensed from Pearson or another textbook publisher and they’ve been working just fine for you and you don’t want to switch out these textbooks with new resources. Under the terms of this grant, you can continue to license those textbooks from Pearson without having to worry about applying the CC BY license because you don’t own the textbooks – Pearson does.

    The requirement only applies to new materials that you develop with the grant funds.

    Now, we don’t encourage you to spend your grant money leasing proprietary textbooks because you’ll only end up having to lease the textbooks from Pearson again a couple years down the line, but I want to be clear that the grant technically does not disallow this.
  • Most of you will be creating new materials with grant funds, and for those materials, this is what the CC BY license allows users, especially other TACT grantees, to do with the materials you develop.

    The CC BY license “allows subsequent..”

    If you visit the link, you will be taken to the license deed which tells you exactly what you can and can’t do with a CC BY licensed work.

    Adding a CC BY license to your work does not mean you give up your copyright; on the contrary, it means you are maintaining your copyright under the conditions of the license. All users are required to give you proper attribution, or credit, for your work.
  • These are the various symbols for the CC BY license that you’ll see out there on the world wide web. They are also the symbols you may choose from to affix to the materials you will develop.

    So whenever you see this symbol of a person, kind of like a men’s bathroom sign, think CC BY or Creative Commons Attribution.
  • Now I’m going to expand upon the points I touched on earlier – why the Department of Labor decided to make CC BY a requirement as part of this program.

    Hopefully, by the end of this session, you will be convinced that the CC BY license requirement for publicly funded materials is a good and even very smart thing.

    In order to tell you why, I have to tell you a little bit more about Creative Commons and how it works.
  • In a nutshell, CC BY is a free copyright license. It’s free because anyone may use it to grant copyright permissions to their creative, educational, or scientific work. You don’t have to hire a lawyer to write a license for you or to negotiate a separate intellectual property contract. That’s what CC BY is for.
  • This is the CC BY license deed.

    You can see that it very clearly tells you that you are free to share and adapt the work, for any purpose, even commercially, AS LONG AS

    Attribution or appropriate credit is given. And the deed further explains what that all entails.
  • If you copy and paste the link from your SGA, as I mentioned earlier, you will be taken directly to the CC BY license deed. So you can look at this and read it if you want to know more about the legal fine print.

    But also know that you don’t have to worry about its legality because it was developed specifically so that normal people (who aren’t lawyers) wouldn’t have to worry about the legal details.
  • The CC BY license was created by a nonprofit organization, known as Creative Commons,
  • That also creates other copyright licenses and legal tools for you to use – all for free.
  • Our reach is global. We work with legal experts in 75 countries to make sure that our licenses are aligned to national and international copyright laws. Because of this, we are the standard for open content licensing pretty much everywhere.
  • If I had to tell you in one sentence what we do as an org, I would say that we work to make sharing content easy, legal, and scalable.
  • We work to do this because it’s not always so easy, legal, or scalable when it comes to copyright law, which governs how you can share copies of content both on and offline.
  • There is a growing problem which you may already be aware of – the fact that copyright law is having trouble keeping up with technological change, especially with a technological advancement called the Internet.

    Today more than ever before we can share copies of materials, whether they are textbooks, songs, videos, or emails, with the click of a button. But the law, which was designed before this was possible, says most of this is pretty much illegal unless you ask for express permission each and every time.
  • Which, if we are honest, most of us don’t do. In the age of web browsers and smart phones, it’s really easy to technically share a work – to copy, publicly perform, display, build upon and distribute works.
    But legally, it’s even more complicated than before
    Because it’s so easy to share and the laws haven’t kept up.
  • Which is why Creative Commons was founded in 2001 – to address this tension in the system. Creative Commons proposed to make it simpler for people to share by developing a preset suite of copyright licenses that anyone could use to grant copyright permissions to their works. This way, even the average blogger could have more options in how they shared their work without having to hire a lawyer.
  • This set of copyright licenses became known as Creative Commons licenses. Creative Commons licenses exist in the middle ground between the public domain and all rights reserved copyright because you are only giving away some of your rights while keeping copyright.

    All CC licenses are made up of the four conditions shown here. From left to right are the symbols for:

    Attribution, ShareAlike, Noncommercial, and NoDerivatives.

  • Six possible combinations of these conditions exist, which means that there are six Creative Commons licenses. In addition to our licenses, we also have a public domain dedication tool.

    But for the purposes of this grant, the only license you have to worry about is the CC BY license. Which as we saw earlier, allows you to copy, adapt, and redistribute a work for any purpose, even commercially, as long as you give credit to the original creator.
  • The CC BY license (and all CC licenses) are made up of three layers. This is a fancy way of saying that you can communicate the license in three different ways: one way for lawyers, one way for normal folks like you and me, and one way for machines.

    This unique three layer design is part of what makes CC the global standard for copyright licensing.
  • So the first layer is the actual license, the document that lawyers have drafted and vetted so that the license works like it’s supposed to according to US and international copyright laws. This is called the lawyer readable legal code because it is written by and for lawyers.
  • * But since most of us are not lawyers, we also make the licenses available in a format that normal people can read and understand.
    * We call this the “human readable” summary of the license, which sums up the most important terms and conditions of the license into non-technical language.
    * This is the second layer of the license – and you can think of it as the user-friendly interface to the actual license.
  • The third and final layer of the license design is the machine-readable metadata. This is what really makes the CC license appropriate for the Internet age. This small snippet of HTML code summarizes the CC license and associated information (such as who the work is authored by) into a format that software, search engines like Google, and other kinds of technology can understand.
    You don’t have to worry about coming up with this code by yourself, because we have a tool that gives it to you. All you have to do is copy and paste into your webpage.
  • Because CC licenses have been designed with lawyers, humans, and machines in mind, many people and organizations have adopted them around the world. We estimate that there are at least 500 million works under CC licenses out there today. This is actually a very conservative estimate…
  • Because as you can see, since 2003 the number of CC licensed works has been growing exponentially
  • Many of these millions of works are educational resources. You may recognize some of these organizations – such as MIT OpenCourseWare, one of the first adopters of CC licenses, the Khan Academy and Boundless, the open textbook publishing company.

    Because these educational resources are licensed with CC licenses, they are open educational resources. CC licenses are what make open educational resources possible;
    We like to say that CC is the legal framework or backbone of the OER movement.
  • The Hewlett Foundation, one of the first and primary funders of OER defines OER as:

    “Teaching, learning… “

    It’s important to note that OER are both:

    Free to use – which means that you can access them
    And free to Repurpose – which means that you can do more than just read them on a screen: that you can also edit, translate, and otherwise adapt them.
  • So when I said earlier that TACT is the largest OER initiative in the world thanks to the CC BY license, that’s what I meant. The CC BY license is what will make the resources you produce as part of this program open educational resources – b/c the CC BY license allows the public to not only reuse TACT grant materials, but to also revise, remix, and redistribute them.
  • So revisiting the question about why the U.S. Department of Labor is requiring CC BY for TACT:
  • In DOL’s own words, spoken at a prior DOL event, “We did this…”
  • “From a public…”
  • “TACT is a really big…”
  • The bottom line is that we, along with the Department of Labor, believe that anything funded by taxpayer dollars should be made available back to the taxpayer.
    We believe in public access to publicly funded works. And since the TACT program is funded by the public, the DOL is requiring CC BY in order to make this public access possible.

    This grant program that we are a part of is probably the first of its kind of this size and scope, and we really view it as a huge leap forward in how public grant funds are managed. It’s a very exciting space that we have entered into.

  • So it all makes sense from a big picture perspective, but what does this mean for you as the grantee practically speaking? Because you, or someone on your team, will be responsible for fulfilling the requirement.
  • Well, for one thing it means that you can build on OER from previous rounds of TACT grantees. We some Round 1 grantees speak already today; I’ll also be going over examples of work already completed and CC BY licensed by these and other Round 1 grantees.

    It means you’ll be saving money because you won’t always have to reinvent the wheel. In fact, your SGA encourages all later Rounds to build on what came before.
    You can also share development costs with grantees in your round who are developing resources in the same industry sector.

    This means you are also saving time and effort. It also means that any resource you create can be used and improved by others, which means that you don’t have to pay for your resource to be improved since you can use those improvements just as other grantees may use your improvements.
  • In turn, this lowers costs for the students who will actually be using the materials you develop – because it didn’t cost you as much to make and because the materials are openly available for them to use under the CC BY license.

    You are also an example of open policy for your district and state. The OER you develop will be legally available to be used theoretically forever, but at least longer than any proprietary textbook you lease to use for one or two years.

    The OER you develop will also result in partnerships and market opportunities you don’t necessarily expect, because when something is free, someone always figures out a way to market it, or at least build services around it. Think bottled water for example.

    And lastly, the reach of your OER will be just as international as it is local, since it can be adapted into different languages just as it can be adapted to different state standards.
  • You will be able to use other grantees OER in the ways you need. If you only need a video in manufacturing from another grantee’s materials, then you are free to take that and adapt it as long as you give credit to that grantee. The same goes for that grantee if they want to take use only a portion of the materials you develop.
  • Practically, fulfilling the CC BY license requirement is simple.
  • If we revisit the SGA, you will read that all you have to do is affix a notice of the CC BY license to the materials you develop.
  • There is no registration process to CC license something. You simply have to add a notice to your work that it is under CC BY.

    And we’ve made it easy for you to do so through a tool we have developed..
  • Which exists at slash choose

    If you have your laptop open feel free to visit this page now.
  • If you go to this web address, you’ll land on our license chooser tool.
  • The first box asks you what permissions you want to allow. Because you already know what license you want to use, you don’t have to change anything here. The default license chosen is the CC BY license.

    One thing you might notice for the more detail oriented among you is that the default license is 4.0, whereas the SGA specifies CC BY 3.0.

    4.0 is simply the upgraded version of the same CC BY license. You only have to worry about this if you want to…
  • Because we asked the DOL and they said that either 3.0 or 4.0 is okay to use to fulfill the license requirement since they are both CC BY.
    4.0 is simply the updated version of the CC BY 3.0 license.

    We recommend using the updated 4.0 version, but if for some reason you really want to use the 3.0 version, we’ve left that option available in the tool.
  • Just click on the link that reads “Looking for earlier license versions..” and it will take you to the 3.0 version of CC BY.
  • Regardless of whether you choose 3.0 or 4.0, remember that you don’t have to change the first box because the default setting will always be CC BY for both versions.

    This means that you want to leave it at “Yes” for the two questions in the first box, so:

    Yes – to allow modifications, since the CC By license allows modifications.
    Yes – to allow commercial uses, since the CC BY license allows commercial uses.
    Ignore the License jurisdiction field because the default setting – international – is the one you want. International is the same as unported; it is the license specified in the SGA.

    To the right you’ll see that you’ve selected the CC BY license without having to do anything!
    Then follow the arrow to the bottom, where it says Have a web page?

    And that’s where the automatic machine-readable code is that we mentioned earlier as part of the 3 layer license design. It’s there for you to copy and paste. On the webpage where you will be hosting your materials, copy and paste this code into the page’s editing interface. If you have no idea how to do this, don’t worry – you’re probably not going to be the one in charge of editing your project’s website. Simply send the person who will be in charge of that to this tool.

    If they have any questions, myself and others on the Creative Commons team will work with them directly to get it on your website.
  • Once you copy and paste the code into your web page, the page will automatically display this CC BY license symbol and text. The license symbol and text are automatically hyperlinked to the license deed that I showed you earlier.

    Now, you can see here that the language is pretty generic – “this work is licensed under a …”

    You can always change that up if you want to reflect the specifics of your consortium or college.
  • To do that, you would just go back to the chooser tool,
  • And fill out the fields in the lower left box.

    The fields in this box are optional. I would only worry about the first three fields if you want to add the author or owner of the work which is usually going to be your consortium or college.

    I filled out the first three fields with a made-up example for you to see. So the title of my work is Welding 101, and the creator is North Georgia Technical College and the URL where the work sits is…
  • The code automatically changes based on what you put in those fields, so here you can see that the the language changed to “Welding 101 by…”
  • Now what if you want to add a CC BY license notice to a non-web page document? For example a flyer or a booklet?
  • The chooser tool allows for this also. In the last field called License mark, click the “offline” option in the drop-down menu.

    You will see that the code on the right changes to plain text which you can also copy and paste into your document.
  • You will copy and paste that text into your document wherever you usually put the copyright information. So here’s an example of that here. You can see that the text reads, “This work…”
  • Now I want to show you more than just hypothetical examples, especially because so much great OER has already been produced by Round 1 and even some Round 2 TACT grantees.
    And you may get some good ideas from how they have built their websites and resources.
  • The first examples I’m going to show you is a website and offline report developed by the TACT Round 1 grantee, MoHealthWins, whose industry focus is health information technology.
  • So Dawn already gave you an overview of the MoHealthWins program, and this slide is actually from a presentation they have given in the past.

    So since Dawn already talked about her project in detail, I’m going to skip this slide, and show you their website where they have hosted their resources.

    It’s a $20 million TACT grant program which will train more than 3,200 Missourians for careers in growing healthcare occupations,
    while also developing innovative solutions to current and future workforce needs in the health services/sciences industry.
    The program is administered through the Missouri Community College Association and is made possible by TACT funds, in addition to support from their partners including employers and the college/workforce.
  • This is the project’s website, and you can see here that I’ve highlighted where they put the CC BY license information.
  • This notice reads, “unless otherwise noted, this MoWINs website…”

    And then what follows is the DOL disclaimer that is required in your SGA. This is separate from the CC BY license notice and I’ll go over that in detail later.
  • This is a document they developed on their learning model, not on a website. They’ve added the CC By license notice at the bottom of the cover page.
  • It reads..
  • I want to show you another website developed by the National STEM Consortium, also a TACT Round 1 Grantee.
  • A little about the National STEM Consortium:

    It is an alliance of 10 community colleges in 9 states that is designing a portfolio of innovative one-year certificate programs to respond to regional industry needs and to (re)train workers for high-demand, mid-skill technical careers.

    The National STEM Consortium (NSC) is a good example of a round 1 grantee with TAACCCT curricula already in use. As of January this year, their STEM Bridge courses have already been used by:

    Over 3,700 users across the nation
    All 10 community colleges in the consortium
    At least one High school
    At least one Middle School
  • This one of their courses on STEM core skills. You can see the CC BY license notice has been added to the footer of the course page.
  • The license notice reads…
  • The last example I will show you is by a Round 2 TACT grantee, the National Aviation Consortium. This grantee has specifically told me to tell you all that they are available to advise on any questions regarding development.
  • The National Aviation Consortium was launched with an award of $14.9m over four years to focus on cutting edge on-line curriculum in the aviation manufacturing industry.  The consortium partners include 5 community colleges in 5 states from as far west as Washington and far east as North Carolina.

    This is their website, which they told me to tell you includes an intranet, a public facing site which you see here, and another website which they did all for $800 including URLs and hosting.

    Wichita Area Technical College in Kansas as the grant lead
    Edmonds Community College in Washington
    Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina
    Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana
    Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma
  • The part of the NAC’s curricula that is TACT funded and going to be OER is their curriculum in the areas of Health, Quality, and Safety. These fundamentals along withe National Career Readiness Certificate will serve as the foundation for aerospace manufacturing technician career pathways. 

    You can see the CC By license notice at the bottom of the website and also stated within the description of the curriculum itself.

    They have made their curriculum available in the form of SCORM .zip files. SCORM is one of the recommended open standards in the Round 3 SGA. It’s not required, but if you’re going to be using a Learning Management System, it’s up to you to identify which open standard you will use.
    The CC By license is separate from the technical format, so regardless of whatever format you create your resources in, you will be adding the CC By license notice to it.
  • Their CC By license notice reads…

    Note that with all of these examples, there is always a link to the CC BY license included. The link is important for people to click on to know what they can and can’t do with the materials you produce.
  • If you’re wondering about how to mark other types of media you will be producing, such as videos and photos, we have examples for how to attach the license notices to those as well. In the interest of time I won’t go over them now, but we will email them to you. Just send a note to
  • Ok! So we’ve gone over a lot today already. We just have a couple of agenda items left before we move on the FAQ. The Round 1 TACT grantee resources I just showed you are available for you to use and build on for free thanks to CC BY, along with millions of other OER on the web. I’m going to tell you where you can find these resources.

    Then I’m going to tell you about how you can contact us to get help on anything I talked about today.
  • So millions of OER exist for you to use; this is just a sampling of the myriad OER organizations that create and host that OER under CC licenses.
  • We recommend three ways for TACT grantees to search for these resources.

    The first is a webpage we have developed specifically for TACT grantees where you can find OER by media type.
    The second is a Google + support community made up of other TACT grantees.
    And the third is a way you can specifically search for TACT Round 1 OER if that’s what you are looking for.
  • Here is the webpage we have developed to help you find existing OER. If you go to this web address you’ll be taken to this page.
  • And you’ll see that we’ve categorized website search by type, such as websites that host free open textbooks.
  • In addition to that resource, we encourage you to join the Google + support community for TACT grantees. Here you can connect with and ask your fellow TACT grantees for help. Many TACT grantees have connected and found each others resources using this community.
  • Lastly, some TACT Round 1 grantees have take the initiative to upload their OER to public repositories. Even more TACT Round 1 OER will become available at the end of the year when their grants end, but you can still search for what is available now at two websites:

    Merlot and OER Commons. Simply type in the acronym TAACCCT and be sure to get the spelling right…
  • And you’ll see these results on the Merlot website
  • And these results on the OER Commons website.
  • One very common question I get at this point is about the use of OER owned by third parties. Even though OER is open and free for you to use, there is still conditions attached to your use of them such as attribution.

    So, question: What if we incorporate…
  • And the answer is two-fold:

    First, make sure to tweak the CC BY license notice on your own materials to read that there are exceptions. This covers the fact that you have incorporated third party materials into your work which may be governed by different terms.

    Secondly, make sure to attribute the authors of the OER you are using according to CC best practices.
  • So here’s a real life example that did exactly this. Remember the National Aviation Consortium?

    They wrote “Unless otherwise noted” the NAC website is under a CC BY license. Because they knew they would be incorporating third party materials. You can use the same language, or variations on it, for example, “Except otherwise noted” is also used.
  • Then the next step would be to make sure to note those materials that are governed by different terms.

    You can do this on a separate credits page at the end of the resource.
  • Here is an example of what that page might look like. You can see that it’s as simple as listing the Title, Author, Source link of the original content, and the License link of the resource.
  • You can also note the attribution right next to the material itself if you prefer.
  • Here is an example of an online resource from The highlighted green boxes contain the attribution for the resource directly below the resource itself.
  • It’s up to you where you want to give attribution, but wherever you include it, we recommend including the following pieces of information.

    So we have a detailed best practices for attribution guide with examples by medium.
    But if you need a quick acronym to reference, we recommend using “TASL”– which stands for Title Author Source License.
    TASL is even used with elementary aged children because it’s so easy to remember.

    Title and Author are self-explanatory.
    Source means link to the original work where you accessed it on the web;
    and License means the name of and link to the license, for example CC BY or Creative Commons Attribution, and a link to the license as specified in your SGA.

    The link is very important because that’s how people who don’t know what Creative Commons is know what they can and can’t do with a work.

  • So here is an example of an attributions section I made up using the North Georgia Technical College example from previous.
    You can see that I specify the photos I used, their author, and their license and original location of the photos. If the photos had a title I would include those here too, but in this hypothetical case they did not.
    The point is to use TASL as a guide.
  • All of this information and examples are available at this web address. There we have guides not only for attribution, but also for marking your own work with the CC BY license notice.

    Don’t worry about taking down this link now or any other information now. It’s too much to remember!
  • Instead, remember how you can contact us to get help.
  • Creative Commons, along with our other partners at the Open Professionals Education Network, can help you for free thanks to the Gates foundation who has already funded us to help you.

    Our free services can be accessed at So if you only take down one thing, take down this web address.

    Here we provide all the resources I just mentioned. It is pretty much your one-stop shop for any needs you will have throughout the period of your grant that pertain to open licensing, along with some other services such as universal design for learning and open policy implementation.
  • These are the specific services that myself and the Creative Commons education team will give you if you need it.

    If you still don’t understand the CC licenses or have more questions, we’ll help you with that.
    We’ll also give you one-on-one assistance with applying the CC BY license notice to your materials if after looking at our guides you still need help.
    We’ll help connect you with other grantees so that you can use and build on existing OER>
    We’ll help you attribute OER you use according to our best practices.

    Essentially, we’ll help you follow best practices for anything regarding the CC BY license.
  • So, where can you get in touch with us? Remember one website:
  • Where can you email us if you prefer to contact a real person versus going to a website: This email goes directly to four people on the Creative Commons team so you will get a very prompt response. We usually respond within 1-2 days.

    Use this email to request follow-up services, such as custom webinars for your consortium or faculty, to set up a phone call or meeting with one of us, and ask any other questions.
  • So we’ve covered a lot. This is where I normally go through the FAQs that TACT grantees have asked us in the past, but since I’ve been talking for a while, why don’t I open it up to questions from you at this point, since you can always look at the FAQ later through the website.

    So does anyone have any questions?
  • The author of the material is normally the person or group of individuals who created the material.
    However, your consortium or college may have a policy on who is listed as the author (eg: it could be the consortium, the college, or the individual).
    Any particular policy is not stipulated by the grant.
  • The grantee must include the following language on all Work developed in whole or in part with grant funds, including its incorporation in the license:
  • Please note that this disclaimer is separate from the CC BY license notice which you are attaching to your works. The CC BY license is issued by you directly to the public for their reuse of your works, and does not involve the DOL as a third party.
  • The U.S. DOL requires that materials be submitted at the end of the grant. Please consult your DOL federal program officer for details.
  • Grantees are encouraged to share draft and pre-final versions of content, through self-hosting or by depositing them in a publicly-accessible repository. Though no policy mandates sharing of content before final deposit with DOL, sharing content can help avoid duplicate efforts by other grantees and consortia.
  • The SGA explicitly stated that any materials created through these funds will be made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license and that was agreed to by the consortium when they accepted the money from the DOL. That is, the you can tell faculty that they have already agreed to openly license materials created with DOL grant funds.

    Benefits such as wider recognition of their quality work,
    a larger audience that will benefit from their work, and
    an ability to publicly refer to their quality work for others to review.
    All of these benefits encourage more positive work to happen with the faculty member and will potentially aid in their chances of receiving future funding.

  • And here is how we propose to help you:

    Through direct email assistance. This is the best email to reach us.
    Through phone assistance, we’re happy to walk you through anything, or schedule a conference call with your team
    We’re also happy to host webinars where you can invite the rest of your project partners, instructional designers, and faculty members
    And through our website, where we will continue to update FAQs, resources, handouts, and videos that you need

    We’d also love to hear from you about the best way we might communicate with you and help you.
  • Creative Commons for TAACCCT Grantees

    1. 1. CC Licensing for TAACCCT Grantees
    2. 2. Jane Park Sign up:
    3. 3. 1. Stuff you already know 2. CC BY license requirement 3. Open Educational Resources (OER) 4. TAACCCT Round 1 Examples 5. Build on existing OER 6. Help? (Our free services)
    4. 4. With $2 billion over 4 years, TAACCCT is the largest OER* initiative in the world. *thanks to CC BY license requirement
    5. 5. High Growth Industry Sectors Energy Health Manufacturing Bridging - Basic Education Transportation Information Technology DOL TAACCCT Round 1 Data Analysis by Paul Stacey 20-Feb-2013 % GRANTEES DEVELOPING CURRICULA IN SHARED FIELDS OF STUDY TAACCCT program creates OER in vocational industry sectors
    6. 6. DOL Region 5: Manufacturing, Healthcare
    7. 7. CC BY License Requirement
    8. 8. “To ensure that the Federal investment of these funds has as broad an impact as possible and to encourage innovation in the development of new learning materials, as a condition of the receipt of a TAACCCT grant, the grantee will be required to license to the public all work created with the support of the grant under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC BY) license.”
    9. 9. “The purpose of the CC BY licensing requirement is to ensure that materials developed with funds provided by these grants result in Work that can be freely reused and improved by others.”
    10. 10. Only work that is developed by the grantee with the grant funds. Applies to:
    11. 11. Pre-existing copyrighted materials licensed to, or purchased by the grantee from third parties, including modifications of such materials Works created without grant funds Does not apply to:
    12. 12. “This license allows subsequent users to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the copyrighted Work and requires such users to attribute the Work in the manner specified by the grantee. Notice of the license shall be affixed to the Work. For general information on CC BY, please visit”
    13. 13. Why?
    14. 14. CC BY is a free copyright license
    15. 15.
    16. 16. Created by a nonprofit organization (Creative Commons)
    17. 17. that creates other free legal tools
    18. 18.
    19. 19. We make sharing content easy, legal, and scalable. What do we do?
    20. 20. Traditional © designed for old distribution models The problem:
    21. 21. Free © licenses that creators can attach to their works How do we do it?
    22. 22. Public Domain Dedication Licenses Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)
    23. 23. Lawyer Readable Legal Code
    24. 24. Human Readable Deed
    25. 25. Machine Readable Metadata
    26. 26. 500 million works
    27. 27. Open Educational Resources (OER)
    28. 28. “OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.”
    29. 29. With $2 billion over 4 years, TAACCCT is the largest OER* initiative in the world. *thanks to CC BY license requirement
    30. 30. Why did we do this? U.S. DOL:
    31. 31. “We did this because open licensing increases the impact of our investment and helps us to be more strategic with our future investments.”
    32. 32. “From a public policy perspective, the Department is a better steward of public funds by giving the public access to those things created using public funds, and ensuring that these products have as wide spread a use as possible.”
    33. 33. “TAACCCT is a really big investment. But we expect that OER will allow the impact to be even greater than just the 800 colleges with new curricula and equipment that we directly funded.”
    34. 34. public access to publicly funded works Bottom line:
    35. 35. What does this mean for me practically speaking? But..
    36. 36.  I can build on R1 TAACCCT OER.  I save $ b/c I share development costs.  I save time and effort.  I can improve my resource with others. Thanks to CC BY:
    37. 37.  Costs are lower for students.  I am an example of open policy.  New partnerships and market opportunities  innovation  Local, regional, international Thanks to CC BY:
    38. 38. Fulfilling the requirement is simple
    39. 39. “This license allows subsequent users to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the copyrighted Work and requires such users to attribute the Work in the manner specified by the grantee. Notice of the license shall be affixed to the Work. For general information on CC BY, please visit”
    40. 40. Licensing your work is easy. No registration is required. You simply add a notice that your work is under CC BY. Here’s how you do that 
    41. 41. choose Go to:
    42. 42.
    43. 43. CC BY 3.0 or 4.0 are okay DOL says:
    44. 44. <a rel="license" href=""><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="" /></a><br />This work is licensed under a <a rel="license" href="">Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License</a>.v This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. ________________________________________________________ _______
    45. 45. You can edit the text for your specific project. Go back to:
    46. 46. Optional fields
    47. 47. <a rel="license" href=""><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="" /></a><br /><span xmlns:dct="" property="dct:title">Welding 101</span> by <a xmlns:cc="" href="" property="cc:attributionName" rel="cc:attributionURL">North Georgia Technical College</a> is licensed under a <a rel="license" href="">Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License</a>. Welding 101 by North Georgia Technical College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. ________________________________________________________ _______
    48. 48. What if I want to add the notice to a document? Go back to:
    49. 49. Paste where you usually put © info
    50. 50. Examples 
    51. 51. Health IT MoHealthWINs TAACCCT Round 1+2
    52. 52. • 3,200+ Missourians • MCCA • 13 Colleges • Four Pathways • Therapeutic • Diagnostic • Informatics • Environmental Support Missouri Healthcare Workforce Innovation Networks Innovative Approaches for Adult Learners Transformative and Systemic Change
    53. 53. “Missouri Credit for Prior Learning Model is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit 0.”
    54. 54. National STEM Consortium TAACCCT Round 1
    55. 55. NATIONAL'STEM'CONSORTIUM !Composite!Materials! Cyber!Technology! Electric!Vehicle!Development!and!Repair! Environmental!Technology! Mechatronics! !
    56. 56. “Unless otherwise noted this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.”
    57. 57. National Aviation Consortium TAACCCT Round 2
    58. 58. “Unless otherwise noted the NAC website bythe National Aviation Consortium is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.”
    59. 59. What about videos? photos? other media? We can help you. We’ll send you examples and assist you directly. Just email
    60. 60. 1. Stuff you already know 2. CC BY license requirement 3. Open Educational Resources (OER) 4. TAACCCT Round 1 Examples 5. Build on existing OER 6. Help? (Our free services)
    61. 61.   OPEN for TAACCCT Google+ community  TAACCCT Round 1 OER
    62. 62.
    63. 63. Search for “TAACCCT” at Merlot or OER Commons TAACCCT Round 1
    64. 64.
    65. 65.
    66. 66. What if we incorporate other OER into our materials? How do we give credit? Q:
    67. 67. Tweak CC BY license notice to read that there are exceptions. Attribute authors of OER you are using according to CC best practices. A:
    68. 68. “Unless otherwise noted the NAC website bythe National Aviation Consortium is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.”
    69. 69. Then, make sure to note those materials that are governed by different terms. You can do this on a separate credits page at the end of the resource. Example 
    70. 70. Or you can note it right next to the material. Example 
    71. 71. Best Practices for Attribution: (TASL)  Title  Author  Source – Link to work  License – Name + Link
    72. 72.
    73. 73. 1. Stuff you already know 2. CC BY license requirement 3. Open Educational Resources (OER) 4. TAACCCT Round 1 Examples 5. Build on existing OER 6. Help? (Our free services)
    74. 74. 9 8
    75. 75. Understand CC licenses Apply CC BY to your materials Find existing OER to use Attribute other CC-licensed works Follow best practices for above
    76. 76. One website.
    77. 77. Get human.
    78. 78. FAQ
    79. 79. Who do we put as the author of our materials (eg. consortium, college, faculty)? Q:
    80. 80. Up to your consortium or college’s policy. Grant doesn’t stipulate. A:
    81. 81. How do we credit the U.S. DOL as a funder of our materials? Q:
    82. 82. DOL has included exact disclaimer language in your SGA. Round 2: See SGA p.9 Round 3: See Correction: Intellectual Property Requirements A:
    83. 83. "This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership." Required Disclaimer:
    84. 84. Disclaimer is separate from / has nothing to do with the CC BY license notice. You can include it in the same section where you usually add your disclaimers or notices. Note:
    85. 85. When are grant materials required to be publicly available? Q:
    86. 86. At the end of the grant. Please consult your DOL federal program officer for details. A:
    87. 87. Should our materials be in a final version before being made available? Q:
    88. 88. They don’t have to be! We encourage sharing drafts to avoid duplicate efforts by other grantees. A:
    89. 89. We are meeting resistance from faculty and others around opening materials. What steps can I take? Q:
    90. 90. Remind them it is required by the grant! If that doesn’t help, we have talking points we can send you about the benefits of opening up publicly funded materials. Email A:
    91. 91. I can’t remember all this. Where can I go when I’m actually applying the CC BY license? Q:
    92. 92. One website.
    93. 93. Get human.
    94. 94. Except where otherwise noted, this presentation by Creative Commons is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License:
    95. 95. Note: Please keep in mind that Creative Commons and the double C in a circle are registered trademarks of Creative Commons in the United States and other countries. Third party marks and brands are the property of their respective holders. Photo: “fuzzy copyright” Author: Nancy Sims Source: License: CC BY-NC Photo: “telephone pole in Vancouver Valentines Day 2012” Author: Paul Stacey License: CC BY Attributions
    96. 96.