I know that I should always use creative commons materials but I don’t have a consistent way of finding them and when I’m in a hurry, I just don’t always check. Even when I find appropriate material I know that I don’t put in the proper attribution most of the time. I excuse it to myself by saying that my teaching is behind a password so it is like a classroom. I do know that I still am not always using information properly. I would like to start doing so and teaching my students how to do so.

The advanced search feature on Google will make this so much easier. When I remember and have time, I usually use this creative commons search site. Using this feature will be much easier to use on a regular basis.

When looking at Open Educational Resources (OER) there are a many resources available and the list is always growing. UNESCO defines an OER 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.”

They are usable under the Creative Commons License. There are four types of licenses that have different restriction levels. The types are Attribution, ShareAlike, NonCommercial and NoDerivatives. For an explanation of each click here.