Explanation of Terms of Use for this Open Educational Resources for Health Collection

Collection last revised 3 February 2018, by Kathleen Omollo, University of Michigan (kludewig@umich.edu).

Open educational resources (OER) are learning materials provided freely and openly for anyone in the world to use and under some licenses to that allow you to copy, adapt, and redistribute. There are numerous institutions that produce OER, including colleges and universities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private and secondary schools.

The purpose of this collection to raise awareness of the existing available free health educational materials available to learners, educators, and health practitioners worldwide to use and adapt for their context and to share with their peers. The following instructional materials are a representative sample of the the high-quality diverse OER available from University of Michigan and the African Health OER Network. You can access the both collections in full online at http://open.umich.edu/.

Using our educational resources? Let us know! Send a message to open.michigan@umich.edu.

Each of the resources has a license that explains what you are legally allowed to do with it. Each of the Open Educational Resources (OER)  has a license or terms of use. Below is a list of the possible terms of use you may encounter in the collection


Terms of Use that Allow Anyone To Use, Copy, and Adapt 



Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License: Lets others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work—and derivative works based upon it—but only if they give credit the way you request. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. 




Creative Commons Attribution – Non-Commercial (CC BY NC) License: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don't have to license their derivative works on the same terms. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/.




Creative Commons Attribution – Share Alike (CC BY SA) License: Lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial reasons, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/.




Creative Commons Attribution – Non-Commercial – Share Alike (CC BY NC SA) License: Lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. Others can download and redistribute your work, but they can also translate, make remixes, and produce new materials based on your work. All new work based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also be noncommercial in nature. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/.




GNU Free Documentation License: The GNU Free Documentation License is a form of copyleft intended for use on a manual, textbook or other document to assure everyone the effective freedom to copy and redistribute it, with or without modifications, either commercially or non-commercially. 

http://www.gnu.org/licenses/fdl.html.




Creative Commons Zero Waiver: The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/. 




Public Domain: This work has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/. 






Terms of Use that Allow Anyone to Use or Copy but Prohibit Excerpts or Content Modifications



Creative Commons Attribution – No Derivatives (CC BY ND) License: This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/. 




Creative Commons Attribution – Non-Commercial – No Derivatives (CC BY NC ND) License: This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/.



 


Terms of Use that May or May Not Allow Limited Use, Copies, and Adaptation


Some of the resources have a custom license, which means you have to read the fine print to determine how you are allowed to use it. 



Terms of Use that Prohibit Copies and Adaptation


If you come across resource online that says “All Rights Reserved” or that does not list any copyright information, then you cannot copy, translate, or modify the resource without getting permission first. If it’s online, you may, however, share a link to the resource.