Education / OER

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

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.

Get Involved

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

  • Join the CC Open Education PlatformStay connected to global actions in open education resources, practice, and policy. Identify, plan and coordinate multi-national open education content, practices and policy projects to collaboratively solve education challenges with an amazing group of open education leaders from around the world.
  • Take the Creative Commons Certificate: The Certificate is an in-depth course about CC licenses, open practices and the ethos of the Commons.
  • License your work: Want to add a CC license to your project?
  • 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.