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Open Educational Resources: How to License an OER

This guide explains what Open Educational Resources are and provides resources for faculty at Snow College to help them use and create high-quality educational resources that can be used to decrease material costs for courses at Snow College

How to License an OER

Open Educational Resources do not have to be licensed, but, many creators choose to provide a use statement or to create a free creative commons license.  A creative commons license provides users with a clear statement of how to use the OER when citing the work, using if for commercial purposes, adapting it, and redistributing it.  A creative commons license is free and simple to create (see

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Creative Commons Licenses

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To learn more about how to use or create a Creative Commons License visit Creative Commons considerations for licensors and licensees.

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