Open Education: Using Openly Licensed Resources

Legal Disclaimer

This guide is designed to share information on open licenses, copyright, fair use and related topics. This guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.

Software Disclaimer

This guide discusses open source software and provides examples and recommendation for software that can be installed on student or employees' personally-owned computers.  Some of the open source software mentioned in this guide may not be eligible for installation on district-owned computers.  

For more information about IT services and installing software on your work computer, please contact NVC IT or visit for more information."

What is Open Education?

Welcome!  This guide is for instructors who would like to find and utilize openly licensed materials in their courses.

What do we mean when we say Open Education?

Open Education

From SPARC: "Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment.  Open Education maximizes the power of the Internet to make education more affordable, accessible and effective."

Click on the link below to see a table that provides a simple comparison between institutionally purchased materials and different types of open resources. 

Remember!  If you need any help finding materials for your class or if you are interested in training about the Creative Commons Licenses the NVC Librarians will be happy to assist you!  You can contact us by phone (210) 486-4513 or email

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