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Open Education Practices

Learn how Open Educational Resources (OERs), Open Scholarship, and Open Pedagogy benefit faculty, students, and the wider community.

Assign Library Subscribed Resources

There's no need to put together course packs that students have to pay for if the library already has access to the material. Before you adopt a resource that students have to pay for, please check the library catalog or ask your liaison. If we have access to it, you can link to it from Blackboard.

*Caveat: we recommend, especially with video content, checking your links just before each semester to verify that the content is still available. 

Assign Public Domain works

The Public Domain refers to works that were created in certain time periods that are no longer protected by copyright, and can therefore be shared and used in your class. If a work is in the public domain, you are free to use that work in any way that you choose – digitize it, re-publish it, post it on the web etc. with appropriate attribution.

  • Works created by the United States government are automatically in the Public Domain. 
  • Works may be released into the Public Domain by authors who have chosen to relinquish their copyright.
  • Works whose copyright has expired are in the Public Domain. Copyright terms vary depending on the type of work and the publication status.* 
    • Works published prior to 1923
    • Works published between 1923 and 1963 without a copyright notice
    • Works published between 1923 and 1963 with a copyright notice but without the copyright being renewe

* For more info, please see Cornell's "Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States."

Tools for determining fair use and public domain status:

  • The Public Domain Slider is a tool to help determine the copyright status of a work that is first published in the U.S.
  • For those works that are still protected by copyright, don’t forget to consider fair use to determine if the work can be used in other more limited ways. The Fair Use Evaluator is a handy tool to help you determine Fair Use.

Good sources of content in the public domain: