Interested in using an open textbook? Below are a few guides to help you get started:
Alternately, assemble a set of open resources based on your course content and structure. See example.
Most open textbooks will be licensed under a Creative Commons license. These licenses permit varying levels of reuse, adaptation, and distribution rights. Each book should list which license it's using.
Below is a chart to help you navigate what the licenses mean.
All licenses permit linking to, downloading, copying, and using the book provided you give credit to the original author.
|License||Commercial use ok?||Can modify and adapt?|
|CC BY||Yes.||Yes. So long as you provide credit to the author.|
|CC BY SA||Yes.||Yes. Provided new work is also licensed CC BY SA and you provide credit to the author.|
|CC BY NC||No.||Yes. So long as you provide credit to the author.|
|CC BY ND||Yes.||No.|
|CC BY NC SA||No.||
Yes. Provided new work is also licensed CC BY NC SA and
you provide credit to the author.
|CC BY NC ND||No.||No.|
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