How to make your resources open
The University of Edinburgh supports staff and students openly sharing learning and teaching materials. For information on the University’s position on OER, you can read the Open Educational Resources Policy (PDF), which provides guidelines and support for OER practice in learning and teaching.
When it comes to sharing educational material that you have created, there are two essential parts to the process. These are:
Use a Creative Commons (CC) licence to clearly state what re-use permissions you are giving
Use a Creative Commons (CC) licence to clearly state what re-use permissions you are giving.
The University of Edinburgh’s Open Educational Resources policy advises to publish OERs using an Attribution (CC BY), or an Attribution Share-Alike (CC BY-SA) licence.
The CC BY licence gives anyone the right to re-mix, re-use, and re-share your work in any way so long as they attribute the author/creator of the original work.
The CC BY-SA licence gives anyone the right to re-mix, re-use, and re-share your work in any way so long as they attribute the author/creator of the work AND re-licence any new creation containing your work with the same licence.
Other CC licenses, to restrict commercial use or restrict alteration, may be used if you feel this is necessary, or to comply with the licence of any third party content used in your work.
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 work) 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
The information on this page is available as a PDF: How to – make your resources open (PDF 80kb)