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Open Educational Resources

What are OER?

"Open Educational Resources [OER] 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." -- The Hewlett Foundation

Open Licenses

While copyright requires users to ask for permission before use, Creative Commons licenses sit on top of copyright and allow creators of a work to tell users up front how they will allow their work to be used.  

Why OER?

  • EQUITY:  OER are freely available online which means that all students will have access to at least an online version starting from the first day of class. 
    • CONSIDERATIONS:  Not all students have access to technology and the internet.  Not all students have the same comfort level and ability to read online texts.  Consult with the UCC Bookstore for low cost print-options for your OER.
  • AFFORDABILITY:  Savings on textbooks helps lower the cost of higher education for our students.  
  • FLEXIBILITY:  Depending up on the license used, OER allows faculty and students to engage in the 5R Activities of content: 
    • Retain
    • Reuse
    • Revise
    • Remix
    • Redistribute

OER Checklist

  1. Contact the UCC Library for help finding OER for your course.  We will send you a curated list of OER that is relevant for your course.  If you are interested, ask us about OER professional development, OER reviews/stipends, and grants to adopt, remix, and create OER. 
  2. Look through the curated list of OER to determine whether any will meet the needs of your course.  
  3. Contact your colleagues and department chair to let them know that you will be adopting the OER for your course. 
  4. Contact the bookstore to let them know that you will be adopting the OER and ask them about low cost, optional print or print-on-demand options. 
  5. Contact the UCC Library for help with copyright/creative commons licensing and remixing course content. 
  6. Contact UCC Online for help integrating your OER into Canvas and ensuring that it meets accessibility standards. 

Open Licenses -- Creative Commons

While copyright requires users to ask for permission before use, Creative Commons licenses sit on top of copyright and allow creators of a work to tell users up front how they will allow their work to be used.  

CC BY CC BY -- Attribution

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

CC BY-SA CC BY-SA -- Attribution-ShareAlike

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

CC BY-ND CC BY-ND -- Attribution-NoDerivs

This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

CC BY-NC CC BY-NC -- Attribution-NonCommercial

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

CC BY-NC-SA CC BY-NC-SA -- Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

CC BY-NC-ND CC BY-NC-ND -- Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs

This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

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