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Creative Commons licenses

While extremely specific-use copyright exemptions exist for classroom teaching, libraries, and online learning exist (see "Copyright in Teaching"), fair use analyses are still an option, and obtaining permission (and sometimes paying a fee) are also options, the advent of authors applying Creative Commons licenses to their works has greatly broadened the availability of creative, original works which may be used with attribution as designated by their authors.

    Creative Commons licenses

Creative Commons licenses

While extremely specific-use copyright exemptions exist for classroom teaching, libraries, and online learning exist (see "Copyright in Teaching"), fair use analyses are still an option, and obtaining permission (and sometimes paying a fee) are also options, the advent of authors applying Creative Commons licenses to their works has greatly broadened the availability of creative, original works which may be used with attribution as designated by their authors.

    Creative Commons licenses

Open education week 2016

The University Libraries and campus partners will celebrate Open Education Week March 14-18, 2016 with events and workshops, and a keynote speech on March 17. Visit lib.vt.edu/oer or watch the OpenVT and OpenVA listservs for event details and announcements.

    Open education week 2016

Open textbook collections

The open textbook movement focuses on the creation of books are either free, or affordable/low-cost options. Many of the free textbooks are also openly licensed with a Creative Commons meaning that, dependent on the license, may be legally displayed/uploaded/hosted, distributed, modified, etc. without fee, permission, or conducting a fair use analysis.

    Free the Textbook

Open education

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. They include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." - Hewlett Foundation

OER initiative

The libraries' Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative aims to address the following question:

What can we do to improve student learning and faculty teaching materials to make them increasingly

  1. Affordable - ensuring that no student is excluded from access because of financial reasons
  2. Accessible - available in multiple formats, compatible with multiple devices, as well as ADA compliant
  3. Quality - peer-reviewed, current, usable/readable by the intended audience
  4. Flexible/Adaptable - supportive of various faculty teaching and student learning pedagogies, across disciplines, and teaching approaches
  5. Engaging - encouraging efficacious and active student engagement with learning materials
  6. Innovative - adopting, where relevant, and teaching technical literacies

The Open Education movement is built around the 5Rs of Open. These represent the gold standard in openness:

  1. Retain – the right to make, own, and control copies of the content
  2. Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in class, in study group, on a public website, in a video)
  3. Revise – the right to adapt, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  4. Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., mashup)
  5. Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

Contact us

  •     Anita Walz
  • Anita R Walz
  • Open Education, Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian
  • 540-231-2204
  • arwalz@vt.edu
  • 422 Newman Library (0434)
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
  •     Ginny Pannabecker
  • Ginny Pannabecker
  • Life Science and Scholarly Communication Librarian
  • 540-231-7980
  • vpannabe@vt.edu
  • 410 Newman Library (0434)
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

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