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Open Educational Resources

A guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) and services.

Where to Start

OER creation typically falls into one of three categories:

  1. Converting existing resources to OER. Reuse permissions are the main difference between an open resource and a closed one. Creative Commons (CC) licenses make it easy for creators to grant broad reuse permissions for virtually any creative work. The easiest way to create OER is to apply CC licenses to course materials that you have already created.
  2. Adapting existing OER. In many cases, openly-licensed resources already exist on a given topic, and they may only need to be revised or remixed to suit the needs of a specific course. For instance, if an instructor wants to create an open textbook on research methods for psychology students, it might be simplest to start with an existing open textbook on research methods and then adapt it to include domain-specific examples from the field of psychology.
  3. Creating new OER. If the needs of a specific course are not met by existing OER, then the best option may be to create something new. This is the most complex form of OER creation, and also potentially the most powerful, especially when the new resource represents an original contribution that can be reused and built upon by a broad population of teachers and learners.

Create Your Own OER

Some instructors have taken the idea of Open Educational Resources and decided to create their own textbook, video, or other resource. If you decide to do the same, these are some items which might help.

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