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Open Educational Resources

A guide to open educational resources for faculty.

Copyright and the UMKC Libraries' Copyright Support Team

By definition, Open Educational Resources, though they may be copyrighted, are made available under various open licenses which permit free reuse, revision, and customization by educators and students.The most commonly-used open licensing scheme for these materials is one of the six Creative Commons licenses. The Libraries' Copyright Support Team would be happy to answer questions about these licenses. A guide to Creative Commons for Faculty is available on the Library website.

The Libraries also make available databases of digital materials which, although not OER, are specifically licensed for use in teaching.  Links can be embedded in LMS pages without running into copyright restrictions.

For information on permissible uses of copyrighted materials not licensed under an open license, or by the Libraries, a Research Guide for Copyright is also available on the Libraries' website.

Creative Commons' Guides to Licenses and the Public Domain