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OER For Faculty

OER are any type of educational material that are freely available for teachers and students to use, adapt, share, and reuse.

Tools for Adopting & Adapting OER

Below are some resources for adapting, creating, and sharing your own OER:

*Note: adapted from Kirkwood Community College Library's guide on open textbooks

Tools for OER Editing/Publishing

Some free tools you might use to create/adapt OER:

 Documents  Images  Audio  Video  eBook publishing
 Google Doc
 Be Funky
 Audacity  iMovie
 YouTube Video Editor
 iBooks Author

Also, see a list of free and/or open source OER Authoring Tools that you can use to create, adapt or remix OER of different types, curated by the Empire State College's library.

OER Authoring Tools guide, created by Sarah Morehouse is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Share Your Own OER

You probably have already created potential OER and just haven't thought about them as resources you might be able to share! OER take the shape of different resources, including (but not limited to):

  • Syllabi and courses created 
  • Videos/ tutorials on a specific topic
  • Worksheets
  • Group activities
  • Writing prompts
  • Tests, quizzes, and other assessments
  • Lesson plans
  • Research assignments and activities

If you'd like to share one of your learning objects as an OER, think about the following:

  1. Decide where they might go (general or disciplinary repository)
  2. Find out what the requirements are to deposit them. Do they need to be in a specific format? What metadata entry is required?
  3. Rank / evaluate your OER. What level is it intended for? Can you add instructions / tips on how you used it?
  4. Craft metadata for the object. What terms can you use to make your OER more discoverable?
  5. Licensing! Look at the CC website to decide what’s right for you. What are your intentions for the object?
  6. If you are remixing several OER which were published under different licenses, use the Creative Commons License Compatibility Wizard to help you determine whether there will be compatibility issues.
  7. Refer to CC attribution guide and write appropriate citations for resources you used. The suggested citation format is: [Title] by [Author], used under [CC BY License]
This guide adapts and reuses major portions of the University of Montevallo OER guides, with permission.