This post contains all teaching materials and outline for a the 90 minute workshop on
Open Educational Resources (OER’s). All materials in this post were obtained freely on the open web, and similarly, all materials posted on this site, have been made freely available using a Creative Commons license.
Learning Objective: Identify potential sources of open educational resources (OER’s) well suited to your curriculum
Theory and Discussion – Lets chat about openness.
Not everything has to be created, it may already exist in a form that you can use for your course.
Review last weeks educational media eg. which are open? How can you tell?
Does anyone have existing course material that is freely available online?
Who has used google to find images for their course? Did you seek permission to use them?
Your first search Going into the Creative commons
Something for nothing Red Magma Searching for open resources… They’re free!
Share your work
New links (Open platforms at SFU) Copyright, what you need to know
SFU opted out of their Access Copyright agreement as of August 31, 2012.
SFU has a new copy right office. Their web site is
http://copyright.sfu.ca they can be contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or doubts about copyright contact them.
Find resources that are explicitly usable.
Avoid using content directly and link to it instead if acceptable.
Don’t assume anything.
Ask the owner.
Read the fine print. Permission to use may not necessarily mean permission to edit.
Creative Commons Licensing
Read the fine print. Each OER has its own license. Free use of an asset does not necessarily mean editing or “remixing”. Watch for required and recommended attribution:
The fine print: :
The short version: