Can I Use This? Exploring Copyright & Working with Open Educational Resources

Event Date & Time

  • August 20, 2019
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Event Description

If you are preparing resources for your teaching, from PowerPoint slides to online modules, chances are you’ll want to incorporate readings, images, video clips, problem sets, or other materials from different sources. There are millions of openly licensed educational resources, from full courses and textbooks to tests banks and images, that are available for others to freely use.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined as teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by the use of an open license (for example, a Creative Commons license) which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource “anytime, anywhere” (SPARC, n.d). As of 2016, the creation and dissemination of open educational resources are also recognized as an example of Educational Leadership activity in consideration for appointment, promotion and tenure decisions at UBC.

This session will focus on the pragmatic elements of reuse, the essentials of copyright, and the basics of working with OER that are licensed to allow revision and reuse. OER can impact teaching and learning through contextualization, time savings, and lowering student access barriers such as costs.

Are you interested in learning how to find reusable materials for your teaching? This session is intended to address common questions concerning copyright and the use of OER for teaching and learning. Some of these questions include:

– Where do you find open resources?
– How do you evaluate open resources?
– What are the key considerations in creating, reusing, reproducing, or modifying these materials?
– What support is available at UBC for working with OER?

Participants are invited to bring their questions, needs, and favourite resources!


  • Will Engle – Open Education Strategist, CTLT
  • Stephanie Savage – Scholarly Communications and Copyright Services Librarian, UBC Library



Venue Website:

1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Please note this room is located through the CTLT offices of the 2nd floor in IKBLC.