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Format License Review comments / reusability
OER Handbook for Teachers Introductory handbook on OER designed for teachers. Wiki text RTENOTITLE

Authors would be amenable to re-license a CC-BY version

  • RTENOTITLE Authors and graphic designer have all agreed to re license under CC-BY. In the process of changing license attributions on the pages. Therefore extracts can easily we reused and remixed for the project. May need to find some replacement alternatives for CC-BY-SA images. Wayne Mackintosh 00:23, 30 October 2010 (UTC)
What is free content? Tutorial describing the meaning of free content in the context of the essential freedoms. Wiki text RTENOTITLE

Authors would be amenable to re-license a CC-BY version

  • As primary author, I'm happy to relicense as CC-BY. Just awaiting agreement from contributors who made editorial changes. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:54, 30 October 2010 (UTC)
open.michigan Concise help resources covering the basics of open licensing and sharing OER. HTML RTENOTITLE
  • Good ideas for layout and navigation of materials for newbies. 
  • Pragmatic approach regarding structure driven by user needs, i.e. License, use, cite and share.
  • Great downloadable info sheets which can be reconfigured for handouts. Need to check if we can get access to the source files.
  • Level perhaps a little lower than the intended outputs of this project.


Six week online course covering three jurisdictions as well as the inclusion of case studies. HTML and external readings


(External readings may carry a different license).

  • The approach and pedagogy used by each course is different most notably to accommodate the unique jurisdictions and personal teaching style of the facilitators. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:54, 30 October 2010 (UTC)
  • The external readings, which consititute the majority of course materials are open access but not licensed using free cultural works approved licenses. These references could be used as recommendations for further reading, but not as core resources.  --Wayne Mackintosh 00:54, 30 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Good ideas for case studies and scenarios we can  reuse in this development. Recommend reworking case studies based on these ideas. CC-BY clearance may take too long and we need to generalise and simplify the case studies for an international audience. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:54, 30 October 2010 (UTC)
  • The depth of these courses is more than we need for this project -- We can recommend that participants in this project consider signing up for the P2PU courses as a follow-up to this introduction. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:54, 30 October 2010 (UTC)


The open process by which P2PU arrived at the decision to license their materials under CC BY-SA, specifically weighing its community's needs (this doc does not declare this is the license for everyone, but useful to see how one group reached their decision). Open office document, pdf, Scribd RTENOTITLE
  • Excellent resource incorporating reflections from educators around the world relating to license choice. Defintiely a must for recommended reading list for the OER in the real world unit. Plus remixing of extracts for relevant activities. --Wayne Mackintosh 02:59, 21 December 2010 (UTC)
Copyright for Librarians

(Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL))

Self-study course materials (9 Modules). Mediawiki text RTENOTITLE
  • Thorough and detailed course beyond the scope of this project -- but many reusable components.
  • Targeted for librarians -- however, relatively easy to refocus selected texts for educators.
  • View source tabs disabled -- relatively easy to access source wiki text by appending "&action=edit" to the page url.

UKOER Infokit


Pilot programme outputs around legal issues

Reference - basic guidance for OER release. PBwiki text/ HTML RTENOTITLE (some images and external material under other licenses)
  • Need to confirm whether JISC would consider releasing under CC-BY license.
  • Some reusable components for this project.

Creative Commons Documentation

and FAQ

Variety of CC explanatory materials wikitext / HTML / PDF / ODT / video / other RTENOTITLE (a few resources are under other licenses, clearly marked on resource page(s))
  • A number of the CC documents are ideal for use as handouts or info sheets in support of the workshop materials. (Great to see these resources available in editable and free file formats :-)) --Wayne Mackintosh 02:12, 30 October 2010 (UTC)
Creative Commons - OER Portal page Useful bites of information on OER Wikitext RTENOTITLE
  • Useful "bites" and chuncks of text which could be remixed for this project.

Creative Commons Case Studies Project

Case studies and stories on compelling uses of CC around the world Wikitext RTENOTITLE
  • Great set of Casestudies -- recommend integrating appropriate case studies or extraccts for relevant sections. --Wayne Mackintosh 02:53, 21 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Should also consider inclusion of case studies like Athabasca University and BCcampus in the OER in the real world section. --Wayne Mackintosh 02:53, 21 December 2010 (UTC)
"The Official Guide to Copyright Issues for Australian Schools and TAFE."  Collection of resources
Site specific license. May be amenable to relicensing extracts under CC-BY. Some of the CC resources available as CC-BY
  • Great site with a number of reusable components.
  • Would need to tweak for an international audience.
  • Incompatable license - -i.e. all rights reserved. Terms of use are not aligned with a CC-BY license. Would need to clear copyright.
Free to Learn Guide (Hal Plotkin) General overview of OER targeted for decision makers PDF / Wikitext RTENOTITLE
  • Some reusable components -- perhaps citation extracts.
  • Better suited as a resource for further reading.
Permission granted: open licensing for educational resources
Article in Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning, Volume 24, Issue 1 February 2009 , pages 97 - 106
All rights reserved.

(Gratis access)

  • Note list of references at the bottom of article. I think all that are relevant here have been added.

(Comment.gif: I'll check with Ahrash if he has a version or similar version which is openly licensed. --Wayne Mackintosh 02:19, 29 October 2010 (UTC)). Received a prompt response from Ahrash -- unfortunately he has no pre-print version available under open license. Have requested copyright clearance from the publisher. --Wayne Mackintosh 19:26, 1 November 2010 (UTC)

Tutorial on Creative Commons
Attribution Licenses

Exercises for both users and creators by Ken Busbee, Houston (TX, USA) Community
MS Word Doc
  • Added to this list by Jacky Hood of College Open Textbooks. Instructors in workshops find these exercises fun and informative
OER Remix: The Game
OER Remix Game by David Wiley, professor at BYU.  You can play online or download a set of cards, cut them out, and play a version of Go Fish or Set.
CC BY, & Free Art License
  • Added to this list by Una Daly of College Open Textbooks. This is a fun game to illustrate the complexity of combining resources such as images, text, music, and videos with different open licensing options.
Learning Resource Exchange (LRE)
Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) portal for schools where you can find open educational resources and assets.
CC BY, & Creative Commons Licence
  • Added to this list by Leonardo Montenegro of Portafolios Educativos. We can find 39482 open educational resources 91954 assets by 25 providers from many different countries including 18 Ministries of Education.
Recursos Educativos Abiertos (REA)
I present three OERs I have made using Learning Tools at http://www.learningtools.arts.ubc.ca/.
Creative Commons Licence
  • Added to this list by Leonardo Montenegro of Portafolios Educativos. This is the approach I consider the best for promoting any kind of OER since educators and students can build their own OERs without programming skills. The OERs I am presenting over here won the CLED 2010 contest http://cled.org.ve/red/congreso2010/actividades/muestra-rea/
Open Licensing Continuum Diagram Diagram showing range of OER licensing options along a continuum from copyright to public domain. Maps a number of Foundation funded and publicly funded OER initiatives to the continuum showing which license they are using allowing for comparison. .svg file RTENOTITLE