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Creative Commons Licensing

This guide is a basic primer to Creative Commons Licensing.

CC for Users

This page will provide users of Open Educational Resources with information on what they can, or cannot do, depending upon the Creative Commons (CC) License.

What May I Do?

Image Source: The Ultimate Image Guide.  CC-BY-SA 3.0

Content Building Tools

Finding content is your first step, here are some basics:

  • OER Commons   The OER Commons is a single search source that pulls from multiple OER collections, including MERLOT and Connexions.   
  • Connexions  includes lectures, assignments, and written educational materials.  Content can be created in the Connexions interface and housed within the Connections servers.  Users can create collections of existing content and create their own content pages to share. 
  • MERLOT is a free and open peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services contributed and used by an international education community. MERLOT was opened in 199and is supported by the California State University System.  

All three of the repositories have tools that enable you to create packages of content into complete lessons and lectures that you can share with your students.

There are many additional options and sources of OER at the Open Educational Resources LibGuide.  This guide includes discipline specific resource pages, image resources and searching, and open textbook resources. 

License Compatibility

When you have found the CC licensing you want to use, it is important to know how you can license your adapteed work.  Here is a table of the CC licenses - and how that license can be subsequently licensed.  Also watch the video below for another look at combining licenses.  

  Resulting Work can be Licensed as:      
Original License BY BY-SA  BY-NC   BY-NC-SA BY ND   BY-NC-ND
CC BY-SA          
CC BY-NC    X    
CC BY-NC-SA          
CC BY-ND*            
CC BY-NC-ND*            

*For ND licensed content you would just be providing links to the content and not remixing they content into a new creation, you are not restriced in how you licsense the content you create. 

CC Infographic