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The Textbook "Problem"
Open Educational Resources - A Snapshot
Open Educational Resources are freely accessible, usually open licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, educational, assessment and research purposes. (Source: Wikipedia)
To be considered open, a text must be licensed in a way that grants a baseline set of rights that are less restrictive than standard copyright. A license or list of permissions must be clearly stated by the author.
Generally, the minimum baseline rights allow users the following:
- to use the textbook without compensating the author
- to copy the textbook, with appopriate credit to the author
- to distribute the textbook non-commercially
- to shift the textbook into another format such as digital or print
Many authors also grant rights such as:
- to add, remove or alter content in the textbook, often on the condition that derivative works must have the same license
- to copy and distribute the textbook without giving credit to the author to use the textbook commercially
(Source: Open Access Textbooks)
Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools. (Source: Creative Commons). OERs frequently employ Creative Commons licenses to allow their use in various settings.