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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides access to resources that can help with learning about, adopting, adapting, and creating Open Educational Resources.

You have to have a plan!

Creating open educational resources is like authoring other teaching materials except that the content is assigned an open license allowing for its free use and repurposing by others.


  • Create the content - Consider the scope and purpose of authoring your own book before starting.
  • Give proper attribution to others' work - if you use other OER as your basis, make sure that you follow the stated licensing rules.

Pick a Tool

  • Put your content in a professional format - There are many tools for creating professional looking ebooks. Choose one that meets your needs.

Make it Accessible

  • Accessibility standards -  Ensure that your content can be read by all by following accessibility standards when you create it.
  • Decide your license - Assign a Creative Commons license to your work in order to make it usable and shareable by others.
  • Make it editable - If you would like to allow others to edit and add to your work, make sure there are editable versions of the book available.


  • Spread the word - Submit your work on an open platform such as Merlot or OER Commons to make it discoverable.

Evaluate & Update

  • Review and update - Improve your work by gathering feedback, fixing errors, and creating new editions.


Creation, Adoption, and Adaptation

Tools for Creating OER