Open Educational Resources Community of Learning

Module 1: Creative Commons Licenses

For Open Educational Resources (OERs), the most widely used open licenses are the Creative Commons (CC) licenses, which make it possible for educators to freely and legally share their work. CC Licenses are a way for the creator of a work to extend these rights to others, with a set of choices of how a new user may "Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, and Redistribute" their work.


graphic image- six Creative Commons licenses


By choosing a Creative Commons license, you may allow others to build upon your work, or simply re-use the content. Each license includes the word "BY," indicating that you must give credit to its original creator.

Creative Commons will be discussed in more detail in Module 4: Licensing.