Module 6: Sharing OER

Module 6: Sharing OER

Are you interested in sharing your material? Do you have an engaging course activity, image, assessment item, video, or a whole course that might be beneficial to your fellow Washington faculty?

Then consider releasing them under a Creative Commons license or in the public domain.

  • By releasing your work under a Creative Commons license you retain ownership while allowing others to use your work (as long as they attribute it to you) without needing to ask permission of you directly. (See Learn OER, Module 4).
  • By releasing your work in the public domain, your copyright ownership is waived. It is as if you are GIVING your work to the public as a gift. Users may still cite you when adopting your work, but they are not required to do so (See Learn OER, Module 7).

Steps for sharing images, videos, and course materials:

  • Step 1: Be sure work is eligible to be shared. In order to release your work with a CC license or in the public domain, your work should be cleared from all copyright issues. To do so, your work should be one or a combination of the following types:

    • your original work,
    • built from open resources,
    • built from works in the public domain, or
    • built from copyrighted work that you have obtained permission to use
  • Step 2: Choose a repository that offers an open licensing and public domain option.

    • For images: Consider Flickr or Wikimedia Commons. As you upload your image to these repositories, you will see the option to select the terms of use. Here are instructions if you need help in uploading an image to your Flickr account and marking it with a CC license.
    • For video: Consider YouTube or Vimeo. Here are instructions if you need help in uploading a video to your YouTube account and mark it with a CC license.
    • For course materials:
      • Consider Canvas Commons if you have an online/hybrid course in Canvas that you would like to openly license and share. Anyone with Canvas account in the world will be able to access your materials and easily import the content back to their course shell. To learn how to share your courses in Canvas Commons, visit Sharing your course material in Canvas Commons for the step-by-step instructions.
      • You can also choose a web storage space that allows easy and free access, such as Drop-box or Google drive. If you choose a web storage space, make sure to (1) manually mark your work as a CC licensed or the public domain work by placing the copyright notice somewhere visible and (2) make the link accessible by public.
  • Step 3: Let us know about the OER content you’ve released so we can share it on the OpenWA listserv and Open Washington blog! Please email us at



Last updated: 03 07 2016