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Asynchronous Online Learning Materials: Best Practices

This guide is for librarians and library staff that create asynchronous online learning materials, primarily videos tutorials.

Creative Commons Licensing

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Their free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide artists a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use their creative work — on conditions of their choice. Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright.

One goal of Creative Commons is to increase the amount of openly licensed creativity in “the commons” — the body of work freely available for legal use, sharing, repurposing, and remixing. With CC licenses, millions of people around the world have made their photos, videos, writing, music, and other creative content available for any member of the public to use.

We strongly encourage you to consider licensing your asynchronous instructional content under a Creative Commons license. You can also use Creative Commons material in your asynchronous creations. You can find Creative Commons resources for photos, graphics, and logos here.