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What Are Open Educational Resources?
The Definition of Open Educational Resources
Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.
Source: Creative Commons
Defining the "Open" in Open Content
One of the biggest challenges of open, online teaching is maintaining compliance with copyright protections. While many of the activities of hybrid education fall under the umbrella of Fair Use, or are protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, these statutes do not allow for all the activities necessary to create a compelling hybrid, digital learning, flipped-classroom or MOOC environment - mainly that of providing good resources to disparate students in an efficient, cost-effective manner.
If you stick to using the resources suggested in this guide you should not have to worry about copyright compliance, but do not be fooled into thinking you do not have to worry, then, about copyright. We live in a very litigious society and the more you know the better.
Please review the Copyright & Fair Use LibGuide for more information and resources on the subject.
What is Creative Commons?
All Creative Commons (CC) licenses help creators retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work non-commercially. Every Creative Commons license also ensures creators get the credit for their work. The licenses are essential to move forward the initiative of open educational resources.
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1100 Free Online Courses
Open Culture curated a list of free online courses from university to include Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download these multimedia courses from iTunes and other platforms and include or embed into your Blackboard sites.
Creative Commons (CC) Search (Image Search)
Visual Hunt offers high quality free stock photos.
The reason why Visual Hunt provides over 350 million high-quality photos is, that the service collects the best images from creative-common, and public-domain websites on the internet. Don’t worry, the service doesn’t accumulate the material from random sources. Instead, it focuses on sources like Flickr, and other services with a good reputation and quality." Source: http://www.noupe.com/essentials/visual-hunt-350-million-photos-free-commercial-use-98883.html
Search for Creative Commons Licensed Media
You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link. Since there is no registration to use a CC license, CC has no way to determine what has and hasn't been placed under the terms of a CC license. If you are in doubt you should contact the copyright holder directly.
With a license that allows for the legal remixing, sharing and reusing content, quality standards consistently need to be applied. UNESCO has recommended guidelines for use in higher education. These Guidelines outline key issues and make suggestions for integrating OER.
Open Access Resource Center
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization creating global licensing and content solutions that make copyright work for everyone, has launched an Open Access Resource Center in partnership with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).
Check the site frequently for updates on legislation and to find new open access content.
Budapest Open Access Initiative and DOAJ
The Budapest Open Access Initiative was developed in response for the need for scientific, peer-reviewed research to be made available and freely on the open Internet, which is typically publicly funded. Open access journals, as defined by this initiative, allow readers to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to full text of these articles."
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is one such directory that subscribes to this model and its aim "is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content."