Module 3: Introduction to Open Licensing

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Define an open license

  • Distinguish between materials that are all rights reserved, in the public domain, and openly licensed

  • Identify the four factors of fair use

Did you realize these course modules and the accompanying textbook are OERs? Do you want to reuse the content, modify it for your students or colleagues? Guess what … you can, with attribution of course! 

You’ll learn more about reusing open content and explicit open license permissions, such as attribution, in Module 7.  However, understanding what makes it possible for you to reuse, modify, and re-share this work is the first step. These activities are legal because when it was created the author released it with an open license. When discussing open licensing it is also necessary to review definitions of important terms and legal requirements of laws and principles applied to a creator’s work and how it can be used or reused. In addition to introducing and defining open licenses, this module will review and define copyright, fair use, and public domain. 

Begin by clicking on the image below and watching the first video (2:15) in Chapter 3 of the textbook.  Continue working through the activities in chapter 3, and then return here to complete an activity for course credit.

Picture of the first scene of a video to start chapter 3. This picture includes a hyperlink to the textbook.

Module 3 Final Activity:

Using the Attribution Builder, generate an attribution statement for the following linked image: Think by Christian Weidinger

Submit your attribution statement on your saved Google Forms OER 101 Quiz before moving on to before moving on to Module 4! Remember: You should have an email from Google Forms that confirms your submission of the form after Module 2. Use the Edit response link near the top of that email to get back to your partially completed form and add to it.

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