When people create educational resources, they may choose to share them with others openly and freely. This means that others can use these materials as part of their courses and lessons without permission. A creator of an open textbook, for example, can give explicit permission to others to use their book free of charge. We call these open education resources (OER).
Not only books but also videos, scientific articles, images, music and much more can be shared openly. In the Using open education resources (OER) section, for each of the different types of sources you will find a list of websites where you will be able to find open education resources.
By sharing education material under a Creative Commons (CC) license, the creator is saying: “You may use and republish this material free of charge, provided you adhere to a few conditions”.
Conditions A CC license can be subject to four conditions.
Since BY always applies, and SA and ND are mutually exclusive, a total of six different licenses are possible. For more information about these licenses, visit the Creative Commons website.
There are many ways in which you can use open education resources in your courses.
You can use open education resources instead of copyright-protected material, for example, by using images that have been published under a CC license (thereby saying the VU money).
Open education resources can be valuable additions to the teaching materials that you already use in your courses. For example, you can refer students to an open textbook which they can use as an extra study tool. Sometimes, a slightly different explanation can be useful.