Oftentimes, when creating content, authors want to incorporate materials such as photos, video clips, book chapters, and other materials created by others. The easiest way to do this is to use materials that are licensed with a Creative Commons license. Creative Commons licenses are written in easy to understand terms. Find out more about why we have and use Creative Commons licenses here. There are a variety of Creative Commons licenses. Even though the Creative Commons license is easy to understand, it is important to think about whether or not you are allowed to combine certain types of CC licenses. Find out more about how to combine CC licenses here.
Now that you understand CC licenses, let’s locate some content. Try the “Find OER” section of the Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN). This site includes a nice organization of open content websites by element (such as photo, video, or audio sources) or by educational content (such as open textbooks, video tutorials, modular course components, etc.). The list of websites in each section is annotated, so you can read a bit about them before clicking into them. You’ll want to limit your searches on these websites to Creative Commons material. Also, check the license on each item before you use it.
Need help with technology to put your project together? Try some of GSU’s technology training workshops.
Finally, you may want to let others know how they can use the materials that you create. So, consider licensing your work with a Creative Commons license. Be sure to label your work with the license that you choose.
Here’s a few related resources available in the GSU library:
Gordon-Murnane, Laura. “Creative Commons: Copyright Tools For The 21St Century.” Online 34.1 (2010): 18-21.
Aung-Thwin, Mila., et al. Rip!: A Remix Manifesto. This is a DVD located on Library North first floor: Video DVD: K1401 .R57 2009
Lessig, Lawrence. Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. New York: Penguin Press, 2004. Located on Library North 4: KF2979 .L47 2004