Do you have an idea for an open educational resource (e.g., an open access course or module series) but are not sure how to implement it? Are you looking to share resources with students that aren’t restricted by commercial licences and copyright terms? The headings and resources below are designed to help you navigate the open access process so you can design your very own open courses, and include details on Creative Commons licensing, attribution, public domain materials, fair dealing, and more.
For creating and maintaining OER texts, please see the tab above: 'Creating & Adapting OER Texts'.
Please note that these passages do not constitute legal advice, and are simply intended to get you started on your OA journey. As always if you have any questions or concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to further assist you.
Copyright can seem complicated, but it doesn't have to be. If you're short on time and need the basics, be sure to check out this series of short copyright modules produced by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. For more information and resources related to copyright, check out this page on copyright resources . Still have questions? E-mail us at email@example.com!
Use the repositories below to begin your search for media that are free and/or publicly licensed. You can also search for Creative Commons licensed materials across several websites using Creative Commons Search (Openverse).
Image & Video Repositories
Literature & Research Repositories
See also: Open Textbook Directories
When using CC-licensed materials, you must follow the license conditions for attributing materials. Use the TASL framework to properly attribute a Creative Commons resource:
T – Title
A – Artist
S – Source (Link)
L – CC License (Link)
For a more detailed discussion on how to properly attribute materials see the CC Wiki page on best practices .
When evaluating OER, it is important to consider whether the materials that you have selected will help students to achieve your specific learning goals. While it is ultimately up to you to determine whether the resource is appropriate for use, there are many criteria and rubrics to help you evaluate existing content. For more help finding open resources, visit the OER by Discipline and Open Textbook Directory pages on this guide.
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