A guidance document for organisations and government departments has been produced as part of a project by the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D titled:



Guidance note: Sharing Open Educational Resources (OER) with

Creative Commons (CC) open licenses



It is part of a report titled: Technology and Education for the most marginalised Post-COVID-19 for the EdTech Hub. The project was funded by the World Bank and DfID under their Ed Tech Hub.


Summary of Guidance:


When implementing OER in education, it is useful for governments to consider the following aspects:


1.     Openly license and freely share all publicly funded works using Creative Commons licenses which are considered the global standard for open content licenses and are interoperable and make content remixable.

2.     Work systematically to fulfil areas of action in the UNESCO Recommendation on OER and the 5Rs.

3.     Learn about and set a default Creative Commons (CC) license (usually CC-BY or CC-BY-SA) to be included on all shared works.

4.     Ensure all CC licensed works are appropriately attributed using the TASL format (Title, Author, Source, and License).

5.     Establish institutional OER policies that support educators using and sharing OER.

6.     Establish a process to approve a more restrictive CC license for a work should one be required.

7.     Enforce the open licensing and sharing of all public and donor funded works.

8.     Refer questions about CC open licenses, open education policies, and the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendations on OER to Creative Commons.


Open License Guidance Note


Guidance note: Sharing Open Educational Resources (OER) with Creative Commons (CC) open licenses