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OERs: Open Educational Resources


When attributing or referencing/citing an OER, be it your own or someone elses a good rule of thumb is to use the acronym TASL, which stands for Title, Author, Source, License.

Title - what is the name of the material? If a title was provided for the material, include it.

Author - who owns the material? Name the author or authors of the material in question. Sometimes, the licensor may want you to give credit to some other entity, like a company. In rare cases, licensor may not want to be attributed at all. In all cases, do with they request.

Source - where can I find it? Since you somehow accessed the material, you know where to find it. Provide the source of the material so others can, too. This is usually a URL or a DOI.

License - How can I use it? You are obviously using the material for free thanks to the CC license, so make note of it. Don’t just say the material is Creative Commons. Remember there are six different CC licenses.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons licenses give everyone from individual creators to large institutions a standardized way to grant the public permission to use their creative work under copyright law.  Their website states that 'Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.' 

There are six licenses available to apply to a new work. For more information on licensing see

(Creative Commons Infographic from: Technology Enhanced Learning Blog)undefined

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