If you haven’t read part one of this series yet, head over to Open Educational Resources before reading this post!
An important point about CC Licences
Do you know that Creative Commons licences are not revocable? You cannot change your mind later. You are free to stop offering material under a CC license at any time, but this will not affect the rights associated with any copies of your work already in circulation. Any particular licensee may lose his or her rights after violating the license, but this does not affect continual use of the work by other licensees, according to Creative Commons and Australian Copyright Council
Open Educational Resources – OER Portals
An OER database such as OER Commons Portal offers filtering by educational level and material type as well as abstracts and ratings. However, Google also offers advanced search for file type and usage rights.
Open Educational Resources – Media
- Commons Wikimedia – an online repository of free-use images, sound and other media files
- Video Search
- Audio/Music Search
- Photo/Image search
- Find OERs – visual content – This page will take you through General Search, Photo/Image search, Video Search, Audio/Music Search, General Education Search, Recorded Lectures & Video tutorials Search, Open Textbook Search, Simulations and Animation Search, Modular Course components Search and Complete course Search.
Open Educational Resources – Open Textbooks
As you know, textbook costs can be high. Open textbooks offer a great option: they are openly licensed and usually offered under Creative Commons licenses. Would you like to help your students to reduce the cost of education? Recommend Open textbooks!
Open Educational Resources – OpenCourseWare
OpenCourseWare sites contain collections of course materials, often including syllabi, subject outlines, course activities, readings, and assessments. They are offered under Creative Commons Licenses. If you would like to see how other institutions have organized their courses, take a look at the following:
- MIT OpenCourseWare
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Open Course Library
- Open Education Consortium
Interested? Want to find out more? See the Library Page on OERs or contact the Library’s learning.futures team for help. Please let us know if you’d like us to look for specific information or a specific resource.