OER & Copyright Laws

Resources for your classroom

What is OER?

“Open educational resources are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research and other purposes.” —Wikipedia

"Open Educational Resources (OER) are high-quality, openly licensed, online educational materials that offer an extraordinary opportunity for people everywhere to share, use, and reuse knowledge. They also demonstrate great potential as a mechanism for instructional innovation as networks of teachers and learners share best practices." Hewlett Foundation

A significant purpose of OER is to allow educators to use unrestricted licensed resources to download to share with other teachers and students.

What is Copyright?

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, copyright is "a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works." Under the law, the individual or entity that owns the copyright of a work has the following rights:

- Reproduction: Making copies
- Adaptation: Changing a work in some way
- Distribution: Giving the work to others
- Public Performance: Playing/performing a work in front of others
- Public Display: Displaying a work for others to view
- Digital Transmission of Sound Recordings: Capturing audio files on the internet
and burning CDs/file sharing - AUBURN

Creative Commons

Find resources and use them within your presentations and classrooms. Collaboration happens when creators share their work to the open community.
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OER & Copyright for Teachers

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