OER Attributions

I’ve been working with a lot of openly licensed material and one of the benefits of doing this is to be able to re-mix several sources of information.  One of the downsides is that your final product can have a pastiche of differently licensed material as well as sometimes a grant required final license.  How can we provide attribution for this in a systemic way?

Citations are super important for legal as well as ethical reasons and this is one way that I’ve found works well for me online.

Lumen Learning has authored a ‘Attribution Architecture’ for their OER materials and I’ve been adapting that to fit my sense of order and workflow.  I thought I would share this in case there is anyone else struggling along with how to ‘correctly’ cite their sources and would like a handy formula.

Here is the format I’ve been using:

  1. Any  traditional ©copyrighted content (such as Youtubes, quotes/excerpts from scholarly sources)
  2. Creative Common materials (or other open licenses)
  3. Public Domain Materials
  4. Original content (faculty notes, work created by the author, Grant authored)


And here is an example:

  • The video documentary of the Kennedy assassination was created by Dave Lister and published at http://youtube.com/linktovideo. This video is copyrighted and is not licensed under an open license. Embedded as permitted by YouTube’s Terms of Use.
  • Excerpt from “Integrated Mental Health” ©2015 Pearson Education.
  • Image “Title” by “Author” CC-BY-SA 3.0
  • Content created by Edmund Blackadder for the History of English Dictionaries project, originally published at http://someurl456.org/ under a CC BY 4.0 license.
  • Original content created by Mr. Putey of Whatcom CC  for SBCTC Grant Name and is licensed CC-BY 4.0.

Working with OER and attributions is an evolving field and there isn’t One Way to accomplish this.  I’d love to hear from you if you’ve created your own method.  Please comment below if you have.

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