Education / OER

Brigham Young University faculty survey seeks to advance open education through academic libraries

With the internet, universal access to education is possible!

With the internet, universal access to education is possible, but its potential is hindered by increasingly restrictive copyright laws and incompatible technologies. The Open Education program at Creative Commons works to minimize these barriers, supporting the CC mission through education, advocacy and outreach on using the right licenses and open policies to maximize the benefits of open educational resources (OER) and the return on investment in publicly funded education resources. Our work cuts across all levels of education (primary – secondary – tertiary) and sectors of industry (non-profit – corporate – government).

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

What is OER



OER Commons

With over 120 major content partners, OER Commons provides a single point of access for over 30,000 items!

Encyclopedia of Life

eol_logo_globe-300x193An online collaborative encyclopedia providing global access to knowledge about biological life on earth.


CC licensed non-profit publisher and advocacy organization focused on science and medicine.

More Resources


School of Open

The School offers free education opportunities for anyone to learn about the meaning and impact of open licenses and resources.

Open Policy Network

A coalition of experts who work to foster the creation, adoption, and implementation of open policies and practices that advance the public good.


Get Involved

We invite you to join us in our current efforts, or otherwise propose an idea for collaboration:

  • Collaborate on a project: Interested in one of our projects above? Visit the project’s page directly to contribute. If you’d like to propose a new project idea, send a note to
  • License your work: Want to add a CC license to your project? Visit
  • Fund OER: Want to incorporate CC into your education funding policy? See Funder Policies for how to understand and implement CC licenses.
  • Promote your project: Want to highlight your CC education project? Add it to our Case Studies wiki and tag it with ‘OER’. Then send a note to
  • Share open policies: Know of an open education policy in your jurisdiction? Add it to the OER Policy Registry — we need your help to make it a truly useful global resource.
  • Stay up-to-date: Subscribe to the CC blog or simply follow the OER section of the blog.