Creative Commons licenses provide a standardized way for authors and creators to grant the public permission to share and use their creative works. Creative Commons licenses mix and match the following elements:
|Attribution (BY): Give credit to the original author||Share Alike (SA): Distribute derivative works under the same license|
Only use the work for noncommercial purposes
| No-Derivatives (ND):
Only use verbatim copies of the work
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What exactly are Open Educational Resources or OERs?
According to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology: "Openly Licensed Educational Resources are learning materials that can be used for teaching, learning, and assessment without cost. They can be modified and redistributed without violating copyright laws". Part of OER is Open Data the Office of Educational Technology explains: "Open data is the idea that data should be freely available to the public—both technically and legally—to use and redistribute without limitation. When high-value data sets are publicly available practitioners, researchers, and the public can use the data to inform their work in classroom and communities across America".
UNESCO further defines some of the types of materials considered OER: "OER can include full courses/programmes, course materials, modules, student guides, teaching notes, textbooks, research articles, videos, assessment tools and instruments, interactive materials such as simulations and role plays, databases, software, apps (including mobile apps) and any other educationally useful materials".
According to the Office of Educational Technology, Open data follows the following principles:
An article by David Wiley, published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at: Defining the "Open" in Open Content and Open Educational Resources provides additional uses for OER: "The terms "open content" and "open educational resources" describe any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is described by other terms like "open source") that is licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities: