Creative Commons

Last Updated: March 13th, 2018

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The creative commons is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an alternative to a traditional copyright. The creative commons license allows owners to release some copyright rights while retaining others in order to increase access and sharing of intellectual property. The creative commons describes this as a “some rights reserved copyright.”

The Creative Commons website provides licensing based on the commercial use, modifications of work, and jurisdiction of the work. Various websites offer directories of creative commons content including:

Application to All Courses

The application of a Creative Commons license in regular, large, and online/hybrid courses will be similar. The primary benefits of using a Creative Commons license include:

  • Avoids common copyright problems regarding the sharing of information
  • Provides an easier licensing process for a work
  • Puts copyright and permission for works in the hands of the creators
  • Informs potential users as to exactly how the work is allowed to be used
  • Saves instructors and students time in seeking permission for the use of a work
  • Provides a wider range of resources for instructors and students to apply in academics
  • Can be utilized to find media (images, audio, video) for presentations, lectures, and projects

Examples of creative commons based learning repositories in higher education include:

  • MIT – OpenCourseWare: Provides a free publication of course materials used at MIT including lecture notes, labs, videos, and demonstrations providing that the use is non-commercial, attributed to the appropriate faculty or staff, and made available for sharing with others.
  • Rice University – Connexions: An environment for collaboratively developing, sharing, and publishing educational content providing that the content is attributed to the creator.

Getting Started

The Creative Commons license sets conditions to the licensing of works as appropriate for individual situations. The conditions include:

  • Attribution: The work can be copied, distributed, displayed and performed as long as credit is given according to the requirements of the author
  • Noncommercial Use: The work can be copied, distributed, displayed and performed and derivative works can be created based upon the original for noncommercial use only
  • No Derivative Works: The work can be copied, distributed, displayed and performed but only verbatim and no derivative works may be created
  • Share Alike: The work can be copied, distributed, displayed and performed as long as the use is identical to the license that governs the work
  • Commons Deed: A common-language summary of the license
  • Legal Code: A legal-language summary of the license
  • Digital Code:A meta-tagged translation of the license that will allow search engines to find the content based on the terms of use

Additional Resources

Articles – Journal and Academic

Videos – Blogs, Websites, Wikis

Creative Commons Sites

Accessibility Statement

Keep accessibility in mind as you develop course content and build assignments and assessments. Many online tools are not fully accessible, so it’s important to think about how you will make the assignment accessible if requested. The Disability Resource Center and the UF Accessibility page will guide you in making appropriate accommodations. You can also find out more about accessibility at our toolbox page on Accessibility in the Online Classroom.

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