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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Adapted from Open educational resources (OER) Guide by UQ Library. We would like to thank UQ Library for letting us use their guide as a template.

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons licenses - Most open to least open - CC0, BY, BY SA, BY ND, BY NC, BY NC SA, BY NC NDCreative Commons provides free copyright licences to make a simple and standardised way to give permission to share and use creative works.

The four different licence elements are:

 Attribution: You must always provide credit to the original author - BY

 Share-Alike: If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same licence as the original - SA

 Non-Commercial: You may not use the material for commercial purposes - NC

No-Derivatives: You may not distribute modified versions of the work - ND


For Open Educational Resources (OERs), try to use Creative Commons material with:

  • BY - This licence lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon a work, even commercially, as long as they credit the creator of the original.
  • BY-SA  - This licence lets others remix, tweak, and build upon a work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the original creator and license their new creations under the identical terms.

Both these licences permit commercial use. If you are creating an open course or MOOC, that later is commercialised,  you can still use the resources if they have a BY or BY SA licence.


"Ordering of Creative Commons Licenses"
by, CC BY-SA 4.0

Attributing resources

You must acknowledge the creator and include any copyright information when you use a resource. The Creative Commmons organisation recommends the TASL approach

The basic requirements are:

  • T = Title

  • A = Author (use the name given by the author for the work - e.g., the YouTube screen name)

  • S = Source (give a link back to the original work)

  • L = License (link to the CC licence deed)

Tools to guide you

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Creative Commons Licence
Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) 4.0 International License. Content from this Guide should be attributed to James Cook University Library. This does not apply to images, third party material (seek permission from the original owner) or any logos or insignia belonging to JCU or other bodies, which remain All Rights Reserved.