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Copyright & OER: OER

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Much of the material in this guide has been adapted from Lansing Community College (LCC) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by Regina Gong and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, and the and the CLO Learning Portal Faculty Copyright Toolkit, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

This site was designed solely for informational purposes for Cambrian College faculty and staff. All other users are encouraged to check and confirm the information with their institution.This site is prepared by library staff and is not reviewed by legal counsel.

Library Resources

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Don't forget that you can use library resources for your courses, too! The library has license agreements that cover databases and ebooks. These agreements normally allow for emailing content and linking content through Moodle. Some may allow you to use the content as handouts or in course packs. Contact the librarian to determine what is allowed.

What is OER?

Open Educational Resources, or OER, refer to any teaching and learning materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open licence, such as a Creative Commons Licence or GNU General Public Licence, that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution with no or limited restrictions.

For more information about using OERs, check out this toolkit:

Finding OER

Open textbooks are free, online learning materials with Creative Commons licenses. Many of the collections will have links to the same books, but each will have a particular focus, and items you can't find in other collections.

OER repositories contain more than just open textbooks.  All content featured within these pages is free but usage rights vary. Materials in these repositories are released under a Creative Commons license while some are in the public domain.

  • TED Talks - TED’s videos are all Creative Commons licensed, unless otherwise indicated.
  • YouTube – Videos with a CC license can be found through Advanced Search options on both of these platforms
  • Vimeo - List of all CC licensed materials currently on Vimeo
  • Prelinger Archives : Free Movies - repository of public-domain materials and home movies
  • National Screening Room - Database of public-domain historical films maintained by the American Library of Congress
  • Pexels - Contains a large volume of contemporary public-domain videos and photos

Virtual Reality

Open data may include non-textual material such as map-based data, mathematical and scientific formulae, medical data, demographic data, financial data, and so forth. The collections listed below are all freely available to use, integrate, modify and manipulate to meet local needs.

  • University of British Columbia’s Open Data Collection - A repository of Canadian geospatial datasets, with some local datasets for the lower mainland and UBC campus.
  • Open Data Canada - Government of Canada’s open data sets, covering demographic, financial, map data, and more. 
  • City of Greater Sudbury Open Data Portal - Open municipal data for the City of Greater Sudbury
  • EU Open Data Portal - A portal housing a variety of open data across EU policy domains, including the economy, employment, science, environment and education.
  • - Comprises U.S. federal data with links to U.S. states, cities and counties with web sites that provide open data. Note that non-federal data available through may have different licensing than open licensing.

Search for OER

MOM iconMason OER Metafinder (MOM)
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The Mason OER Metafinder performs a simultaneous search across 21 different sources of open educational materials. For more information, visit the MOM website.

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