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    According to OER Commons, "Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights."

    How Can I Use OER?

    Open content is licensed in a way that grants users the permission to:

    Retain  Make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
    Reuse  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  Adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content (e.g., translate the content into another language)
    Remix  Combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
    Redistribute  Share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., post a copy of the content online for others to download)


    This material is based on original writing by David Wiley, which was published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at: Defining the "Open" in Open Content and Open Educational Resources.


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    What is Creative Commons License?

    Creative Commons Licenses provide a standardized way for authors and creators to grant the public permission to share and use their creative works. Creative Commons licenses mix and match the following elements:

    attribution symbol Attribution (BY)
    Give credit to the original author
    share alike symbol Share Alike (SA)
    Distribute derivative works under the same license
    non-commercial symbol Non-Commercial (NC)
    Only use the work for noncommercial purposes
    no derivatives symbol No Derivatives (ND)
    Only use verbatim copies of the work
    Choose a Creative Commons License
    CC BY license CC BY ND license
    CC BY SA license CC BY NC SA license
    CC BY NC license CC BY NC ND license
     Creative Commons LicenseThe guide was adapted from Open Educational Resources (OER) by UWM Libraries is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0  International License.