Installing and Using Creative Commons License Chooser

Installing and Using Creative Commons License Chooser

If you are planning to create open educational resources (OER) then I recommend you use Creative Commons licensing for those resources. A quick way to add the appropriate license to your documents is with the Creative Commons License Chooser. This is an add-on for Google Docs. Let me show you how to install and use this useful add-on.

Installing the Creative Commons license chooser

The Creative Commons License Chooser is easy to install. Here are the steps:

  1. Open a Google Document.
  2. Click on Add-ons from the menu.
  3. Click on the Get add-ons option.

    Click on Add-ons and then Get add-ons

    Click on Add-ons and then Get add-ons

  4. Search for “Creative Commons”.

    Search for "Creative Commons"

    Search for “Creative Commons”

  5. Click on the Find button next to Creative Commons license chooser.

    Click on the Find button

    Click on the Find button

  6. Choose an account to use and allow for the installation.

The add-on is now installed.

Using the Creative Commons License Chooser

When you add a Creative Commons license to your document, I recommend that you put it either in the header or the footer of the document. To use the Creative Commons License Chooser, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the header of the document for editing.
  2. Select the Add-ons menu option.
  3. Select the Creative Commons License Chooser option and then select the Start options.

    Click on Add-ons, Creative Commons License Chooser, and then Start

    Click on Add-ons, Creative Commons License Chooser, and then Start

  4. From the menu on the right-hand side of the page, decide upon your license.

    Your license options

    Your license options

  5. When complete with the selection, click on the Insert License Information into the Document button. The license will then be added to the document where your cursor was located.

    CC License has been added to the document

    CC License has been added to the document

It is just that easy.

If you have questions, please contact a member of the TEI team. Good luck creating your open educational resources.

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Stan Skrabut, Ed.D.

Stan is Director of Technology-Enhanced Instruction. He has over 20 years experience working as an instructional technologist and trainer. He has a master’s degree in computing technology in education and a doctorate in education specializing in instructional technology.

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