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Copyright and Open Educational Resources

The CO-LAND Strategic Partnership project has promised to develop open educational resources. The case studies will become a very relevant part of this, next to the CO-LAND learning materials and lectures. It is therefore vital that material in the case study is not limited by copyright. “Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them.“ (UNESCO) This implies in practice the following:

  • Students need to create all texts and visuals that are embedded in the case study template by themselves
  • They should be willing to declare their materials creative commons (an open licensing format for the public domain), otherwise the case study material cannot be reused by others (but it can still be part of a public wiki page)
  • Materials from other websites cannot be uploaded to the wiki unless these are also creative commons or otherwise declared public
  • Learners are however free to refer to other resources by links and reference lists
  • Otherwise common rules for good scientific practice apply as in any other context (correct referencing and citation)
  • Images are shared through a Creative Commons Attributes ShareAlike 2.5 license.