How to make your resources open
There are two essential parts to making educational material that you have created available as an Open Educational Resource. These are:
Use a Creative Commons (CC) licence to clearly state what re-use permissions you are giving.
Staff are advised to publish OERs using an Attribution (CC BY) licence. Other CC licences (e.g. to restrict commercial use, restrict repurposing or impose a ShareAlike element) may be used if you feel this is necessary, or to comply with the licence of any third party content used in the resource.
It’s important that when creating and publishing OERs that the copyright owner(s), author(s), and date are clearly provided. The copyright owner will normally be the University of Edinburgh for OERs created at the University. Author(s) (being you the creator of the resource) should also be visible so that the resource can be appropriately attributed when re-used, for example:
- © [Author Name], University of Edinburgh 2016 CC BY
Upload/Post/Share your resource online
There are a variety of places you can choose to create, upload, and share your resources. Resources can be shared on your own website or by uploading and posting your resource to an existing repository (such as the University’s multimedia repository, Media Hopper) or community. More information on open repositories and specialised content sites you can use to share your resource can be found on our page: Where to upload/share your resources
Many repositories and platforms have enabled CC licensing making it easy for you to select and display the licence along with other information such as who to attribute. If you have your own blog, website, video, or presentation that you would like to mark with a CC licence, we’ve put together a page with links and details on how to do this: How to apply a CC licence on a publishing platform