Open Educational Resources

11 Creative commons

Publishing resources on the internet should be done providing a reference and information regarding the re-sharing of the published materials. Creative commons are a “a global non-profit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools” (Creative Commons, 2018). This organisation provides tools that can be used to help educational designers putting a sharing license on their developed educational resources.


Licences generated by Creative Commons enable collaboration, growth and generosity in a variety of media. This means that Creative Commons and the tools they provide make it legally possible to co-create with different stakeholders without having to worry too much about copyright issues. It is clear to say that the resources being developed throughout CoCOS will be made available to the public as OER using a licence that was generated by Creative Commons.


Creative Commons distinguishes the following license types:

Overview Creative Commons
Figure 1: Creative Commons License Types



These licences than then be combined to create a set of six CC licenses:

  • CC Attribution
  • CC Attribution Share Alike
  • CC Attribution Non-Commercial
  • CC Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
  • CC Attribution No Derivatives
  • CC Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives


Within the CoCOS-project we opt to use the license CC Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike. This means that others who would want to use, reuse and/or adapt the resources, which is necessary in the co-creation process, have to refer to the original materials. The (adapted/re-shared) resources cannot be used for commercial activities and the (adapted/re-shared) resources should be distributed and modified under the same terms as the original resources were published.


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