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Training Guide for Open Content

Training guide for open content services offered by the Library.

Preparatory Work

Learn about the following concepts, to help you effectively advocate the use of OER.
Six (6) Open Licenses

There are six Creative Commons (CC) licences. Learn about how content under these licences can be used. This information is important for:

  • selecting OER, as the author needs to know how it can be reused.
  • for adding an attribution to their own OER content.



Learn about the structure and format of attributions. Note: If an attribution is online, you will need to know which parts of the attribution include links to other sites. Complex attributions should be referred to the University Copyright Officer for advice.

What to include when attributing a work

‘Common-sense’ principles apply to providing attribution across all CC licences. When attributing a work under a CC licence you should:

  • credit the creator
  • provide the title of the work
  • provide the URL where the work is hosted
  • indicate the type of licence it is available under and provide a link to the licence (so others can find out the licence terms); and
  • keep intact any copyright notice associated with the work.

Another way to remember this when attributing is through TASL:

It is important to always check whether the creator has specified a particular attribution.


Beta Creative Commons License Chooser

Familiarise yourself with the beta Creative Commons License Chooser for building attributions. The links below include example of how to fill out the License Chooser and examples of attributions.


Beta CC License Chooser | Creative Commons: This chooser helps you determine which Creative Commons License is right for you in a few easy steps. If you are new to Creative Commons, you may also want to read about the CC licences before you get started.

Tracking Third Party Copyright Permissions

To help you track Third Party Copyright Content permission, download and use the following template:

Self-Directed Learning

See the following free, self-directed learning on licensing and attribution:



For advice on complex CC licensing and attributions, contact the University Copyright Officer:


Licenses (see: Scholarly Publishing)
Streaming Media
Guides/Fact Sheets

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