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Finding Open Educational Resources (OER) for Teaching and Learning

This guide suggests resources or ways to find openly licensed or public domain resources for your teaching and learning, including your MOOCs.

Creative Commons licenses

Creative Commons (CC) licenses are a set of terms that the content creators can choose to apply to their work to indicate how they would like their work to be used by others – to be cited, adapted, re-distributed, and/or used for commercial purposes.

There are six types of CC licenses - from the most accommodating, CC-BY, under which people can use the work however they want as long as they cite the work, to the most restrictive, CC-BY-NC-ND, indicating that the work can neither be adapted nor be used for commercial purposes. The most current version of CC licenses is version 4.0. In addition to the six CC licenses, content creators can also dedicate their work to the public domain, CC0.

 

Public domain & CC licenses

License type Free to share (Copy & re-distribute) Free to adapt (Remix, transform or build upon) & re-distribute Free to use for commercial purposes Must attribute (give credit) Must share alike (use same license if adapted)

Public Domain

or PD or CC0

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No^

 

No

Attribution only

or CC BY

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

Attribution-ShareAlike

or CC-BY-SA

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

Attribution-NoDerivatives

or CC BY-ND

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

-

Attribution-NonCommercial
or CC BY-NC

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

or CC BY-NC-SA

 

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

or CC BY-NC-ND

 

 

Yes

 

 

No

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

-

^ Under CC0, the need for attribution is not bound by legal requirements, but can be based on ethical and professional norms.

For more about CC licenses, refer to: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/