There are many open-access resources available for education. These give you more flexibility in reusing course content and simplify copyright and permissions issues. To search for open-access resources appropriate for your course, see:
Links to copyright free or free for education material are also available through the Copyright free and creative commons guide.
Contact your subject librarian for more information on Open Access resources appropriate for your subject area.
Creative Commons (CC) licensed material can be a useful source of images, music or text for your MOOC.
You can find this by searching online under 'Creative Commons' or checking whether there is a link or Creative Commons licence button on the material you want to use.
There are six main licence types :
You cannot use material that is marked as 'non-commercial use' or CC-BY-NC in MOOCs because MOOCs do have a commercial component.
All Creative Commons licences require attribution. Best practice attribution is:
If you have any questions about using Creative Commons material please contact the copyright adviser .
To search Creative Commons own image search (over 9 million images) see Creative Commons search .
You can modify the Google and other search engines to look for creative commons material only. If you go to advanced search (https://www.google.com.au/advanced_search) you can set a filter for reuse. Go to the bottom of the page to 'usage rights' and change it to the type of use you want. For example ''Free to use, share or modify" would be appropriate if you are changing the work, 'free to use, even commercially' would be appropriate if you want to use the material for promotion or short courses.
You can limit a Google image search to Creative Commons images only by selecting "Tools" then "Usage Rights" and choosing one of four options:
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