Copyright & OER Standing Committee

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Mission Statement The CLAMS OER & Copyright Task Force seeks to lower the cost of student textbooks and promote the use of “Open Educational Resources” in Washington State CTCs by providing resources and guidelines to assist librarians in working with faculty and students on these complex rights management issues within their institutions.

Chair: Rowena McKernan, Whatcom CC,\

Message from Chair: “Please contact me for any ideas you have for learning opportunities or activities for this committee to support. We have a large base of OER enthusiasts here and we look forward to supporting your professional development in this area. “


Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials in any medium whose reuse, redistribution, retention, revision, and remixing is permitted through any of the following mechanisms:

Open licensing such as Creative Commons

Inclusion in the Public Domain

Permission granted for the above uses by the copyright owner(s)

(Based on the “5Rs of Openness” by David Wiley and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Definition of OER)

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