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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides details about how the open access movement is impacting academic education and how to find appropriate low cost or zero cost materials for academic courses.

Creating Open Content

Creating an online educational resource can be as easy as typing text into a document and attaching appropriate credit for other people’s shared work. Once you have your content, find the digital publishing platform that works best for you (refer to the suggestions below). Once the work is complete, go through Creative Commons Licensing to set guidelines for how you plan to share your work and then select an appropriate platform. There are many sites that house open textbooks such as MERLOT II, OER CommonsOpen Textbook Library, or OpenStax.

Another option is to use the Digital Commons Book Publishing tools located through The ORB. For an example of a digital collection, see Portland State University 

Creative Commons

Creative Commons provides creators with the ability to share their works with others, while still having some control of how their created materials are used and recognized.

Attaining a Creative Commons license protects your work and acknowledges how you would like others to share and use your work.

 Taken from "Creative Commons is a non-profit that offers an alternative to full copyright."

You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work - and derivative works based upon it - but only if they give you credit.
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You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work - and derivative works based upon it - but for noncommercial purposes only.
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No Derivative Works
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.
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Share Alike
You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.
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Public Domain Dedication (CC0)
You, the copyright holder, waive your interest in your work and place the work as completely as possible in the public domain so others may freely exploit and use the work without restriction under copyright or database law.
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Public Domain Work
Works, or aspects of copyrighted works, which copyright law does not protect. Typically, works become part of the public domain because their term of protection under copyright law expired, the owner failed to follow certain required formalities, or the works are not eligible for copyright protection.
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Attaining a Creative Commons License

For those who wish to create or share their own OER visit the Creative Commons Choose License page.

This will provide guidance for how to select the right protections and labeling for your open content, 

Using & Attributing Open Content

How to Provide Appropriate Attribution to Materials Licensed through Creative Commons

How to Attribute Creative Commons Photos by FOTOR | CC BY

Digital Publishing Tools