An important element of open educational resources is that they are openly licensed, but what does that mean?
An open licence allows the creator to retain ownership of their work, while allowing others to use, share, and remix it, without requesting their permission. And for most open licences, all that is required of the users is to attribute (give credit to) the creator for their work. In this challenge, we will focus on the most common open licences which are Creative Commons licences, or CC licences.
In Challenge #1, you were able to access open textbooks in the eCampus open textbook collection because they have CC licences. In Challenge #2, you evaluated the open resource and thought about ways you might adapt it for your learners. In this challenge, you will interpret the open licence associated with your resource to determine if you can make those adaptations.
CC licences are useful to educators for two reasons:
- As a user of materials, they communicate whether you can use, remix, adapt, share a resource.
- As a creator of materials, they allow you to tell others how they can use, remix, adapt, share what you’ve created.
Please watch this short video (2 minutes) for an overview of Creative Commons licences. You can enable closed captions by pressing the “CC” button in the bottom right corner of the video after you have pushed play. You can also access the transcript below this video.
Transcript – What are Creative Commons Licences?
Check your understanding of CC licences with this short matching game. There are 6 questions – you can use the blue arrow in the bottom right corner of the activity to move to the next question. If you would like a refresher on what the individual CC icons mean, click open the accordion menu with the transcript for the video above – you will find them listed there!!
Let’s apply this knowledge to the OER you found in the first challenge. Return to the OER textbook you found in Challenge #1 (you can find it in the Padlet below). Look specifically for the CC licence associated with your resource. Click on the licence hyperlink to access the “CC licence deed”. Read about the permissions and restrictions associated with your resource. Here is a 2-minute video walkthrough of this process:
Below, you will find the Padlet we completed in Challenge #1. Find your contribution, and add a comment below your own post that includes the following:
- What is the licence of your OER textbook? You don’t need to include a link, just type the licence (i.e. CC BY-NC 4.0).
- Briefly indicate whether the licence allows you to make adaptations to your resource.
Optional – Dig Deeper
This section provides some optional, additional information about open licences.
Generally, CC licences are easy to find when you search for resources in an OER repository. However, sometimes the licences are not as obvious on resources you find on the open web (blogs, websites, videos, etc). The following two-minute video will help you find and interpret open licences associated with blogs, websites and videos.
If you would like to take a deeper dive into licences, here are some very valuable resources:
It also contains adapted content from: