For teachers

Researcher.Here we have gathered information which teachers will find especially useful. On the library website you will find more services and information on what help the library can offer.

Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons

Open Educational Resources are educational resources that are available on the internet. They can be, for example, films, illustrations or images. As a teacher you can search for and use these materials in your own productions. Many teachers look for Creative Commons-licensed materials.

What are open educational resources?

Open educational resources come in many forms, video, audio, websites, software, course structure, photographs and illustrations. Such resources are created by teachers and other pedagogues around the world. Whoever has created the teaching materials wants to give others the opportunity to reuse these materials.

Open educational resources are a strong trend in the field of education internationally and there are large amounts of materials to search for and use.

  • The abbreviation 'OER' is often use instead of Open Educational Resources.
  • OER is defined as:

"technology-enabled open provision of educational resources for consultation, use and adaptation by a community of users for non-commercial purposes." (UNESCO)

As a teacher, how can I use open educational resources?

If you want to explain a phenomena or concept, but someone else has already explained it beforehand, why do it again? The advantages mentioned in relation to using open educational resources are that you as a teacher have more time for supervising and initiating discussions with students.

Teaching with the help of videos, images and non-text based information can also benefit the students' different learning styles.

Creative Commons (CC)

In CC Search you can find videos, images and music among other things. Materials marked with a CC-license are free to use, but the license explains how you can use them. The main advantage of the Creative Commons-license that is often mentioned is simplicity. The idea is that it should be easy to understand and use the license even for someone who is not an expert on legal issues.

If you create something that you want to share "freely" with others it is easy to do. You can also ensure that you are credited as the creator of the material. Other advantages that are often mentioned in relation to educational resources in general are that the creation and sharing of materials is a way of marketing yourself and the university.

If you are searching for, finding and want to use CC-licensed materials follow the terms and conditions of use that the creator has given. The Swedish National Agency for Education, for example, has a lot of information about Creative Commons on its website, see also "Creative Commons - a guide for teachers".

Many teachers put a CC-license on materials they have created and share it with others. On the Creative Commons Sweden website you can read more about how licensing works and see examples of what other people have done.

UR access

The library gives you access to thousands of television- and radio programs from the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company, Utbildningsradion (UR). Television- and radio programs can be used for campus-based teaching or web-based distance learning. The programs can be linked to from the course website and be used as the bsais for discussions on your course. 



Please note! The videos and material linked to above are in Swedish language only.


Advantages for teachers when using open educational resources…

Here are some examples of the advantages that are mentioned in relation to using OER:

  • You receive attention and recognition for what you are doing.
  • Marking your work with a CC-license protects it from unlawful use.
  • You become part of a national and international community.
  • You can share your knowledge and experience with others and receive feedback about what you have created.