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Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined by UNESCO as "teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." Use this guide to explore authoritative resources that you can use in your courses.

Why use OER?

- To save your students money. Use of OER in courses has  saved University System of Georgia students over $55 million so far! 

- To enhance your Blackboard courses. OER can be integrated and linked in Blackboard. Course readings are only a click away! 

- To give your students a richer, more interactive classroom experience online. Many OER have an interactive component. 

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Creative Commons: How It's Possible

Believe it or not, nearly everything  you find online is someone's intellectual property. Creative Commons is a way that content creators can easily communicate to users how their copyrighted online work can be used and shared. It is a great way for you to know at a glance how you can use online information.  The following information is shared courtesy of Chattahoochee Technical College,  which licenses it for use under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.. 

Licensing types
The following describes each of the six main licenses offered when you choose to publish your work with a Creative Commons license. We have listed them starting with the most accommodating license type you can choose and ending with the most restrictive license type you can choose.


License Conditions
Creators choose a set of conditions they wish to apply to their work.

Attribution Attribution (by)

All CC licenses require that others who use your work in any way must give you credit the way you request, but not in a way that suggests you endorse them or their use. If they want to use your work without giving you credit or for endorsement purposes, they must get your permission first.

ShareAlike ShareAlike (sa)

You let others copy, distribute, display, perform, and modify your work, as long as they distribute any modified work on the same terms. If they want to distribute modified works under other terms, they must get your permission first.

NonCommercial NonCommercial (nc)

You let others copy, distribute, display, perform, and (unless you have chosen NoDerivatives) modify and use your work for any purpose other than commercially unless they get your permission first.

NoDerivatives NoDerivatives (nd)

You let others copy, distribute, display and perform only original copies of your work. If they want to modify your work, they must get your permission first.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

How to Navigate this Guide

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