Universal access to education is possible!
The Open Education program at Creative Commons works to minimize barriers to effective education, supporting the CC mission through education, training, advocacy and outreach on using open licenses and open policies to maximize the benefits of open education (content, practices and policy). 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 no-cost access, adaptation, and redistribution by others.
Open licensing is built within the framework of intellectual property rights as defined by relevant international conventions to respect the authorship of work. Open copyright licenses provide the public with free and perpetual permissions to:
- (a) Retain – the right to create, own, and control copies of the content;
- (b) Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways;
- (c) Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself;
- (d) Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new;
- (e) Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, the revisions, or the remixes with others.