Make it open

Choose the Creative Commons (CC) licenses you would like to publish your OER under. The following licenses can be combined to let someone who would like to use your OER know what they can and cannot do with your work:

Creative Commons: the double C symbol indicates you are licensing your work under the creative commons organization. CC licenses let you change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

“Yes, you can use my work but I have some guidelines!”


Attribution: the person symbol represents attribution. That means that individuals who copy, distribute, remix, tweak, add to, and display the work need to attribute it to the author.

“Yes, you can use my work but make sure you say it was made by me!”


No Derivatives: The “equal” symbol signals that the creator does not allow derivatives of their work. Derivatives are works that are based upon preexisting works, but altered, transformed or adapted in some way. So no derivatives mean you may redistribute the work as long as you do not alter, transform, or build upon the original work.

“Yes, you can use my work, but only as it is. No remixing!”


Share Alike: the arrow in the shape of a backward “C” is the Share Alike symbol (the ‘copyleft’ symbol in contrast to the ‘copyright’ symbol). Share Alike means that others are allowed to distribute derivatives of the original work only under a license identical to the license assigned to the original work. This means that if you use this resource, you have to pass it on with the same license. 

“Yes, you can remix and adapt my work, but you must share it back with the same licensing!”


Non Commercial: the symbol with the crossed-out dollar sign is for ‘non-commercial,’ which means that no one can earn money off of the resource. It has to be shared freely. 

“Yes, you can use my work but not for commercial use!”

Use this step by step process on the Creative Commons site to help you select your licence combinations