When and how may one republish, translate, or otherwise adapt educational resources created or published by another? Digital technologies make engaging in these activities far easier, even in places without direct access to the Internet. But, under the law, the answer depends upon whether the resources are made available under the standard terms of copyright or whether they are provided under a Creative Commons license.
Creative Commons provides six options for sharing copyrighted works under generous terms. Creative Commons licenses are recognized as a global standard that underpin the growing field of Open Educational Resources. This talk will explain the relationship between standard copyright and Creative Commons licenses, providing examples of why funders and creators are embracing open licensing to increase the value of investments in creating educational, scientific and other knowledge-based resources.
Emerging evidence shows that Open Educational Resources are more effective than resources available under restrictive copyright terms. OER can provide higher quality resources that can be adapted and updated to improve educational outcomes at significantly lower cost. Open licenses provide users with the freedom to translate and localize materials, enabling the educational sector to think globally and act locally. From the Cape Town Open Education Declaration to the UNESCO Paris OER Declaration, the “why” for OER is clear. This talk will help explain the “how” of open education.
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