Open THIS.

Open THIS.

'sorry we're open' sign

This post contains all teaching materials and outline for a the 90 minute workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER’s). All materials in this post were obtained freely on the open web, and similarly, all materials posted on this site, have been made freely available using a Creative Commons license.

Learning Objective: Identify potential sources of open educational resources (OER’s) well suited to your curriculum

Teaching Materials:

Theory and Discussion – Lets chat about openness.

New links:


  • Not everything has to be created, it may already exist in a form that you can use for your course.
  • Review last weeks educational media eg. which are open? How can you tell?
  • Does anyone have existing course material that is freely available online?
  • Who has used google to find images for their course? Did you seek permission to use them?


Activity : Your first search

Going into the Creative commons

Something for nothing
from Red Magma

Searching for open resources… They’re free!

Share your work

New links (Open platforms at SFU)

Copyright, what you need to know

SFU opted out of their Access Copyright agreement as of August 31, 2012.

SFU has a new copy right office. Their web site is they can be contact at: if you have any questions or doubts about copyright contact them.


  • Find resources that are explicitly usable.
  • Avoid using content directly and link to it instead if acceptable.
  • Don’t assume anything.
  • Ask the owner.
  • Read the fine print. Permission to use may not necessarily mean permission to edit.

Creative Commons Licensing

Read the fine print. Each OER has its own license. Free use of an asset does not necessarily mean editing or “remixing”. Watch for required and recommended attribution:

The fine print: :

The short version: