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Open Education Resources (OER): Creative Commons

An OER guide for CDU staff and students

Creative CommonsCreative Commons Licences

Open educational resources are a licensed resource that allows creators to freely share their work under licences with others on flexible terms. These licences are called Creative Common (CC) licences. CC Licences are a way of legally allowing others to use your material but with certain conditions attached  There are several different types of CC licences with different permissions associated.   Most of the licences allow  re-use for non commercial purposes with some not allowing changes such as re-mixing or adaptation.

It is important with open education resources that you check the CC licences before using the material.

Find out more:

     

Types of CC Licenses

The six licences below are the ones you are most likely to see. They are a mix and match of the licence elements. The table below summarises the conditions attached to each licence standard. It is recommended that you read the full licence before using it.

                                            

 ATTRIBUTION LICENCE (BY)

 Types of use

  • Commercial and non commercial.

  What others can do

  • Copy
  • Adapt or modify
  • Distribute (publish, display, publicly perform or communicate) to others
  • Licence to others

 

ATTRIBUTION - NONCOMMERCIAL (BY-NC)

Types of use

  • Non-commercial

What others can do

  • Copy
  • Adapt or modify
  • Distribute
  • Licence to others

ATTRIBUTION - NO DERIVATIVE WORKS        (BY-ND)

Types of use

  • Commercial and Noncommercial

What others can do

  • Copy
  • Distribute verbatim copies only
  • Licence to others

 

ATTRIBUTION - SHARE ALIKE (BY-SA)

Types of use

  • Commercial and noncommercial

What others can do

  • Copy
  • Adapt or modify
  • Distribute
  • Licence to others on the same terms as the original work

ATTRIBUTION - NON COMMERCIAL-SHARE ALIKE (BY-NC-SA)

Types of use

  • Noncommercial only

What others can do

  • Copy
  • Adapt or modify
  • Distribute
  • Licence to others on the same terms as the original work

 

ATTRIBUTION - NONCOMMERCIAL-NO DERIVATIVE WORKS (BY-NC-ND)

Types of use

  • Noncommercial only

What others can do

  • Copy
  • Distribute verbatim copies only
  • Licence to others

 

 

 

 

 

 

Licence elements

Every CC licence is based around a combination of four 'optional' licence elements allowing the creator to select how they want others to use their work.  CC material can be used by licensees in any work they like, providing they adhere to the specific licence conditions.

Each element has its own icon and abbreviation, making them easy to identify.

cc license infographic 2

The 5 R's

The 5 R's of using OER

When you are using OER, you have the flexibility to:

1 reuse content in its unaltered/verbatim original format
 2  retain copies of content for personal archives or reference
revise content to suit specific needs
remix content with other similar content to create something new
redistribute or share content with anyone else in its original or altered format
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