Challenge #5 – How do I quickly create an attribution for an OER that I want to use?

In Challenge # 3, you learned about CC licenses and how they communicate to others how work can be used. The one common requirement in all Creative Commons licenses is attribution – giving credit to the original creator. For example, in a CC BY licence, the “CC” stands for “Creative Commons” and the “BY” stands for “Attribution,” or who the work is “by”. You can see that attribution (BY) is found in all of these licences:

An attribution statement is used to provide credit to the original creator; its purpose is similar to a citation. It ensures readers and users are clear on who created what – the audience should not be misled to believe you are the original creator of a licensed work.

Here is an example of a typical attribution statement: 

Adopting a Savvy Search System by eCampus Ontario Extend is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Here is the structure to follow when creating an attribution statement:

” _______________” (title and link to source) by ________________ (creator name and link to their profile page if available) is licensed under ________________ (CC License and link to licence deed).

Creating an Attribution Statement

Luckily, there is a tool that makes creating these attribution really simple!!!! The Open Washington attribution builder allows you to enter all of the required information and it builds the attribution statement for you. When you are done you can copy and paste the attribution into your own resource (i.e a word doc, a powerpoint slide, your course shell, etc). 

Watch this video walkthrough to see how to use the attribution building tool:

Extra info: Other Open Licences

Creative Commons licences are the most commonly used open licence, but there are others. Some repositories use their own licences, and actually provide you with ready-made attributions when you download the resource. This 3 minute video will show three image repositories, Unsplash, Pixabay, and Pexels that use their own licences (optional watching!).

It is interesting to note that these three licences do not require attribution. However, just like Public Domain resources, it is best practice to attribute anyway.

Your Challenge This Week

For this challenge, you will be creating an attribution statement using the Open Washington attribution builder. You can either use the OER you found in Challenge 1, or any other OER you have found that has a creative commons licence.

  1. Decide which OER you would like to create an attribution statement for (the resource you found in Challenge 1, or another OER you have found that has a CC licence).
  2. Go to the Open Washington attribution builder and create your attribution statement. Here is the video walkthrough (same video as above).
  3. Copy the attribution statement and paste it in the Padlet below.

Made with Padlet

Image attributions: “The 6 Variations of the CC Licences” by Markus Büsges is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0