Using our content
We allow the content of this website to be reused under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) License.
This means you are free to:
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
Under the following terms:
- Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
- NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
- ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
There are 4 types of resource: video, quiz, guide and activity. Uder the terms outlined above, you can download, share and edit our resources. To download a resource, click the download button at the bottom it’s page.
- Videos come in mp4 format, which is compatible with most devices, systems and browsers
- Guides are either Word document or PDF file, Word is easy to edit and PDF is small and highly compatible
- Activities are packaged up as a SCORM file, these are compatible with many Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), such as Moodle or Blackboard. The SCORM package will download as a zip file, you do not have to open it or unzip it, in order to upload it
- Quizzes cannot be downloaded you can only share it by sharing a weblink to the page
Remixing our resources is when it is edited or adapted by yourselves after it has been downloaded. As stated above our resources is allowed as long as the remixed material is then given the same licence (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). There are many ways which you can remix, here are some:
- Use suites like Windows Movie Maker to cut segments of our videos and add them to your own tutorial videos or other creative commons videos (see below).
- Edit videos to play the audio on your course podcast channel
- Take the questions from our quiz and mix them into your own quizzes for revision sites
- SCORM packages are difficult to edit once made, however you can take images from the zip file if extracted with Winzip or you can screenshot it and put the images in videos or documents
- Guides as previously mentioned are very easy to adapt and modify when downloaded as a Word document, enabling you to produce something tailored to your students or perhaps to merge into a digital textbook.
Creative Commons Licences
Our resources are available to share and edit because of the Creative Commons licence that we have put on them. The conditions of the licence are outlined above, however when making a remix restricts what you can remix/blend our resources with. This matrix shows the compatible licences:
Compares the different licences to see if they can be remixed together into a new piece of work
There are many licences you can use with our resources. Our resources are all under BY NC SA (Attribution Non Commercial Share A Like) so you can remix them with the following licences with no fear of conflicts:
- Public Domain
- BY – Attribution only
- BY NC – Attribution Non Commercial
- BY NC SA – Attribution Non Commercial Share A Like
Attribution Non Commercial Share A Like, cannot be remixed with any of the other licences.
Your remixed creation must then be given a BY NC SA licence, which is simple quick and free. Anything you create will have copyright automatically, you then go to creativecommons.org and follow these steps:
- Select ‘Share your work’ button at the top
- Scroll to the blue box and select ‘Get Started’
- To the question ‘Allow adaptations of your work to be shared?’ choose ‘Yes, as long as others share alike’
- To the question ‘Allow commercial uses of your work?’ choose ‘No’
- It should say ‘Selected License Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International’, if it doesn’t recheck your answers
- Then select the link on ‘Help others attribute you! This part is optional, but filling it out will add machine-readable metadata to the suggested HTML!’
- This loads lots of fields you can fill in, which you can if you like, but the important field is ‘Attribute work to name’, here you type Jisc, your name and the names of anyone you used resources of who had BY (Attribution) as part of their licence. It’s very courteous to put in the name of anyone whose work you have used.
- Then you have your licence made, just copy and paste it wherever you put your remix. As part of the Creative Commons licence you need to also mention the modifications you have done where you show your content. E.g. ‘Images cropped from Jisc, Music from Billie Holiday edited for noise reduction, Dialogue adapted from J. Lafoy and S. Woodworth’
Sharing your new resource is easy, for instance you can share it on Youtube, Flickr, WordPress, your intranet or you could print them off to hand to your students; just make sure the licence information is available.
There are many people and organisations that make and distribute Creative Commons licenced resources for use and remixing, these are usually placed in a repository to help people find them.
- For a list of different public domain and creative commons repositories go to https://search.creativecommons.org/ or http://guides.library.harvard.edu/c.php?g=310751&p=2072820
- On YouTube you can perform a search for the video content you are looking for; once the search has loaded, select the filters menu, then choose ‘Creative Commons’ under the ‘Features’ heading
- In Flickr, you can use the ‘Any licence’ drop down menu to choose what licence you want the results to be under. Options available are: any licence, all creative commons, commercial use allowed, modifications allowed, commercial use and mods allowed, no known copyright restrictions or U.S. government works; the last two options are as public domain
- On Google you can perform a search for the content you are looking for, then select ‘Settings’ and ‘Advanced search’. A new page of options appears for your search, one option is ‘usage rights’ and here you can choose what licence conditions to filter for