Webinar 7 – Open Educational Resources – an overview

A total of 9 participants attended the webinar

1. Webinar Slides

The webinar was presented by Kevin Atkins Zentrum für multimediales Lehren und Lernen (Center for Media-enhanced Learning and Teaching) at the MLU.

2. Poll results

  1. Have you ever given a presentation at a conference that was recorded?

A: Yes 40 %  

B. No 60 %

2. Do you sometimes use images or other elements from the internet in presentations / events?

A: Yes 100 %

B: No 0 %

3. Are you confident that the materials you compile (e.g. for a presentation) adhere to copyright laws sufficiently?

A: Yes 80 %

B: No 20 %

4. Would you consider (re-using) a colleague’s well-researched or –designed resources for your own lectures / presentations?

A: Yes 100 %

B: No 0 %

3. Questions from the audience

Q.1: When using OERs, does it make a difference whether you use these for educational or commercial purposes?

Q.2: Is the legend “adapted from” sufficient to meet requirement 5 from the list shown?

Q.3:  Is there a minimum limit for the font size, when quoting the original sources on a slide?

4. Speakers’ comments and references for further reading

The Open Educational Resources were discussed during this webinar.

The importance of citing and adequately referencing all original sources when creating presentations and other teaching materials was discussed. It is extremely important that all sources are adequately cited and that checks are made as to whether materials obtained from the internet can be used or re-used in teaching contexts.

A couple of case studies in which staff can safely use digital materials from the internet were mentioned. These are the re-working of own materials for publication purposes, using educational videos and lecture recordings, and the recording of conference talks.  In all these cases it is very important to check in advance under which terms and conditions all these are available. Critical is to check if materials have been adequately licensed to be reused. The Creative-Common licenses were introduced as a powerful instrument which may allow the usage of materials for specific purposes. The different license combinations and options were presented and explained in detailed. A license chooser tool (beta version) might help you to work out which type of license you need. If materials are licensed under the CC-licenses CC0, CC-BY and or BY-SA then, it is save to use and repurpose these. These three license types are the types recommended by the LLZ for OERs. The latter license type means that the adaptations made to the original materials must be shared under the same conditions of the license.

Finding resources

Tools for finding images and other materials were discussed during the webinar. The search tool from the creative commons was presented as an efficient tool to find materials which can be further reused but the downside to this tool is that it may be difficult to find discipline-specific content. For this reason, participants of the webinar were encouraged to post newly created materials so that more subject-specific material is available over this tool. A way to let creative commons know that that you have made new materials available is to add a link to the license conditions under you wish to give your materials for re-use. It is very important that these are hyperlinks which directly link to the pages of the license. That way, the creative commons platform can index these materials effectively and add them to their list of available resources. Other tools like Google (with a combination or specific filters to find licensed materials) were also presented. Two more resources are recommended when searching for suitable materials. The oerhoernchen and tutory tools were discussed as additional recommended resources to find suitable licensed content.


A number of important features were listed as being critical when properly referencing works in slides. A title, the creator’s name, the source, licensing conditions, and also importantly, the changes made to the original work should be considered/added as vital information. There are no specific rules about for example the size of the fonts (how visible this information should be) that need to be used.

It was also mentioned that sometimes it may be possible to use copyright materials if these are used for citation purposes. This may work if the parts cited are brief. Further information can be found in the citation rights law page and a clarification statement of this law by the LLZ.

You can read additional information on the topic of intellectual property rights in the context of teaching materials and also consult the relevant LLZ pages on this. 

Kevin Atkins, LLZ and Dr. Roberto Cozatl, Open Science Team | kevin.atkins@llz.uni-halle.de, openscience@bibliothek.uni-halle.de | 12.11.2020

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