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Open Educational Resources at SAIT: Working with OERs

Informational site about OER materials and practices at SAIT

Keep in Mind the 5 R's of Openness

When working with OERs, keep in mind the 5 R's of openness. A resource is only considered "open" if you have the following rights when using it:

 

RETAIN
the right to make, own, and control copies of the content

REUSE
the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)

REVISE
the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)

REMIX
the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)

REDISTRIBUTE
the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

Licensed CC-BY; created by David Wiley and published at: http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/3221

Selecting/ Evaluating OER

You've found an OER. Congrats!  Now you should go through a quick evaluation process to determine whether it's right for your purposes. Research the following in your evaluation process. Along the way, also keep track of what parts you might want to adapt and enhance for you own purposes.  Use SAIT's OER Evaluation Rubric as a checklist during your evaluation.

 

Content adapted  under CC-BY-NC-SA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library


Additional Evaluation Tools:

Creating/ Adapting OER

Creative Commons licensing

Know Your Options!  Using a Creative Commons license on open educations resources is common practice.  Creative Commons (CC) licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators. Each of the licenses is represented with a symbol that explains all the rights associated with the resource. 

Full details for the Creative Common Licenses listed below are found at: The Licenses

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Attribution
CC BY

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

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Attribution-ShareAlike
CC BY-SA

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

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Attribution-NoDerivs
CC BY-ND
This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

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Attribution-NonCommercial
CC BY-NC
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

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Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
CC BY-NC-SA
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs
CC BY-NC-ND
This license is the most restrictive of the six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

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