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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Using and Adapting Works

One of the benefits of OER is the ability adapt resources and tailor them to the specific needs of your class. An adaptation is a new creation made by modifying or combining works. A remix is a type of adaptation that blends together different works to create a completely new work. When remixing material you must pay attention to the particular license of each work you want to combine. Use the chart below to determine which CC licensed material can be remixed:

CC license compatibility chart

CC License Compatibility Chart / CC BY 4.0


When you adapt a work, the license you choose for your new creation must be compatible with the license of the original work. The chart below identifies in green the licenses you may use:

CC Adapters License Chart / CC BY 4.0


Find out more about combining and adapting materials here


Providing attribution is essential when using OER. All CC licenses require that attribution be given to the creator.  Use the "TASL approach" when sharing your on work as well as giving attribution others:

T= Title

A = Author (tell reusers who to give credit to)

S = Source (give reusers a link to the resource)

L = License (link to the CC licence deed)

Visit the wiki page on Best Practices for Attribution for additional information and examples.



Except where otherwise noted, content of this guide is licensed under a Creative Commons license CC BY 4.0 license and is adapted from the Creative Commons Certification Course by Creative Commons. CC BY 4.0.