OER-QMS License

Open Education Resource-Quality Master Source License

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Open Education Resource--Quality Master Source License

I.  General Provisions of the License

A. All original content derived from the creative or scholarly work of the Licensor (hereinafter, “creator”) of the Work offered under this license is protected by the Laws of Copyright, and all rights not explicitly granted within this license are reserved by the Creator.

 B. For the purposes of this License, “adopt” and “adopted” means to notify the Creator, in writing, of your decision to use the Work, the purpose for which you intend to use the Work, your name, your contact information, and your institutional affiliation.

C. This license in no way seeks to limit the Fair Use Doctrine under the copyright laws of the United States, and excerpts for critical purposes and scholarship are permitted according to law and convention.

D.  Under this license, the licensee (hereinafter, “you”), or the designated agent of the licensee on the licensee’s behalf, may do the following, provided that the Work is adopted as defined by and in accordance with this 

(1)  Copy content into a Learning Management System (LMS) that is not “crawlable” by search engines and to which the general public does not have access so long as an attribution and a hyperlink to the original content is provided on the same “page” as the 

(2)  Print verbatim copies for strictly personal use, and print copies for the personal use of a specific, named, and known individual.

(3) Print copies that are intended for the sole use as exemplars in the customary and required records of any Regionally Accredited institution of higher learning or any publicly funded institution of learning whatsoever.  

(3) Provide hyperlinks directly to the content on the Creator’s distribution platform, in whole or in part, from an LMS or any other digital system, including the World Wide Web.   

E. Under this license the following acts are strictly prohibited:

(1) Copy any content to any digital system that is available to the general public, including but not limited to the World Wide Web.  

(2) Produce, offer, or distribute the Work in any print form unless a print version has not been made available by the Creator, and you first obtain the express written permission of the Creator.

(3) Produce, offer, or distribute content in any file format other than the one made publicly available by the author of the content without the express written permission of the author, including but not limited to Portable Document Format (PDF) computer files and “eBook” files, regardless of type.  

(3) Create a derivative work based on the work offered under this License without the express written permission of the Creator.

(4) Derive monetary profit from the Work by any means whatsoever without the expressed written permission of the Creator.

F.  The Creator offers the Licensed Work as-is and as-available, and makes no representations or warranties of any kind concerning the Licensed Material, whether express, implied, statutory, or other.

Last Modified:  07/07/2018

This license developed by Adam J. McKee.  You are free to copy it, modify, and use it as you see fit.  I hereby signify that it is in the public domain on an “as-is” basis.  

20 thoughts on “OER-QMS License”

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I think everything I’ve made available is self-explanatory, but if I’ve omitted any information that you need, let me know.

  1. Adopting for use in an Introduction to Criminal Justice course at National Park College in Hot Springs, AR. Great job, great resource!

  2. Hello,
    I would like to utilize several sections of your Criminal Justice OER in an online Intro to Criminal Justice course I am designing for Schoolcraft College in Michigan. We would like to add content directly within the LMS with attribution . Content will only be viewable to registered students logged into the online section of the course.

  3. I would like to use this book for an honors writing-intensive Introduction to Criminal Justice at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. I would add this link directly to the LMS with attribution as well as provide the link on the course syllabus with attribution. Content will only be available to students with a username and password for the College’s LMS.

  4. Awesome job!!!!! Adopting your textbook for use in a Introduction to Criminal Justice course at Central Carolina Community College, Sanford NC.

  5. Prof McKee:
    I am adopting Section 4.1: Early History of Policing for my CJ201, Intro to CJ at Saginaw Valley State. I have posted the text on Canvas with a link to your original and an appropriate citation.
    Fine job. I appreciate your putting the materials together.
    Ken Jansen

  6. Dr. McKee,

    We are adopting your Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System for our Introduction to Criminal Justice course at West Shore Community College in Scottville, MI.

    Thank you for the resource!

  7. I am adopting this as a text for Introduction to Criminal Justice course at Trine University in Angola, Indiana and will be posted on our LMS which can only be accessed via a student password. Not sure how exactly I will incorporate this as of yet, but decided on it for Spring Semester. Much better than any of the published periodicals which are too detailed for a one semester freshman level class.

  8. I am an instructional designer at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, NC. We would like to use your textbook in our introductory criminal justice course. We are developing courses using open educational resources for our students to help reduce the cost of higher education expenses and your textbook is an excellent resource.

  9. I got your book for my birthday before I start college in the fall. It makes everything so much easier to understand along with the phrases I’ve heard before in crime podcasts/ television shows! I just wanted to say this book is amazing and I can’t wait to learn more.

  10. Greeting Dr. McKee,

    I am a Criminal Justice Instructor. I am very interested in utilizing sections of your OER Text at my institution, Benedict College. We are a small Historically Black College in Columbia, South Carolina. The materials in your book are great resources for several courses I am teaching. I would like to add the content directly within the LMS with attribution. The content will be available only to students with username and password for the College’s LMS.
    I look forward to your response.
    Thank you in advance.

  11. Greetings, Dr. McKee,
    I’m an instructor and department chair of Criminal Justice at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado, right outside of Denver. I’m looking to piece together some OER materials for our Intro classes. I’d like to use your “Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System” online book. I think it is very well done, simplistic yet comprehensive.
    Here’s how I’d like to use it: I am planning to create a Microsoft Sway page(s) for my course where I’ll start the Sway with an introduction to what I am expecting to cover in this unit of study, a supplemental video (maybe a Ted Talk or other explanatory video), a link to your website/chapter for them to read, links to any other resources they might want to check out, and then a Microsoft Forms chapter quiz embedded in the Sway. I will provide appropriate attribution to you/your stuff. The link will be to the original and I will also provide a link to the original in my D2L LMS. The Sway will only be available to students of the course through their sign-in of the LMS.
    I’m excited to be able to use such a great resource. Thank you for all of the work you put into this!

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