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Creative Commons Licenses

Understand what you can do with the resources you find:

More about the Creative Commons Licenses

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4 Step Search Strategy

Step 1: Map your course outcomes

  • You probably have this done already!

  • Looking over your outcomes will help you focus on what types of support materials your students need.

Step 2: Establish your search criteria

  • Try to be as specific as possible.  Are you looking for a full course, a textbook, etc.?
  • There are many OER repositories you can search through, and we recommend starting at OER Commons.
  • Below you will find some other common repositories to use.

Step 3: Evaluate your results

  • Look at the license assigned to the resource you found.  What kind of use is permissible?  See the Creative Commons license graphic on the left for an overview of the CC licenses.
  • Look at quality, format, accessibility, usage.  Are revisions needed?

Step 4: Deploy OER in your course

  • Work with your Ed Tech/Instructional Design Department to make sure everything is embedded properly into Blackboard. If you are using an OER textbook, talk to your bookstore so they can order a few print copies for students who prefer a print option.