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Faculty/staff guide to Open Educational Resources (OER): OER and Canvas

This guide is designed to help TCC faculty and staff find, create, evaluate, and incorporate open educational resources for instructional and training purposes.

How to use the Open Attribution Builder tool in Canvas

Find the Open Attribution builder tool in the Canvas toolbar

On all the rich content boxes in our Canvas courses, we have access to an "Open Attribution Builder" tool/app. This makes it really easy to:

  • Cite yourself by inserting a CC-license attribution for single pages or modules in Canvas
  • Plus it's a way to easily cite content from others, like YouTube videos or CC-licensed images from Flickr or Pixabay, that you have integrated into your course.

In the new Canvas toolbar:

The Open Attribution Builder tool is located in the plug icon's drop-down menu in the content box editor. 

  • First, click the plug icon's drop-down menu to view the plug-in apps
  • If you do not see the OAB (Open Attribution Builder) shortcut already on your drop-down list, then click the blue "View All" button to scroll and select the OAB option

OAB tool in the plug icon menu in the Canvas toolbar

In the old Canvas toolbar:

The Open Attribution Builder tool is located in the drop-down menu beside the blue "V" icon along the content box editor.

Open Attribution Builder tool in Canvas

Basic form for the Open Attribution Builder

Watch this short video (3:42 mins) about how to attribute images in Canvas:


Source: "Attribute images in Canvas" by Tacoma Community College Library is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Watch this short video (4:44 mins) about how to attribute videos in Canvas:


Source: "Attribute videos in Canvas" by Tacoma Community College Library is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Watch this short video (2:47 mins) about how to attribute YOURSELF in Canvas:


Source: "Attribute yourself in Canvas" by Tacoma Community College Library is licensed under CC BY 4.0

How to openly license your courses in Canvas

By default, the courses we create in Canvas retain traditional, private copyright. But you can change that default setting to make your courses in Canvas openly licensed. This way, you are also contributing your own OER!

Below are condensed instructions for how to set a Creative Commons license for your courses in Canvas. You can read more in this Canvas Guide about the types of available content licenses, and more instructions and screenshots about setting a CC license for a course in this Canvas Guide.

1.  Open up your course and go to Settings. The "Course Details" tab should be the default Settings page.

2.  Scroll down to the License drop-down menu and select a license option, as seen in the screenshot below:

Canvas Course screenshot

3. Be sure to click the "Update Course Details" button at the bottom of this page, or your changes won't save!

4. Doublecheck your course's home page. Once you have updated your course details, go back to your course's home page. You should now see the relevant CC license statement automatically added to the bottom of the home page. Here's a sample below:

CC license statement in Canvas course home page


Text source:  Adapted from "How to make your LS courses openly licensed" by Jennifer Snoek-Brown, Tacoma Community College Library, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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