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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Does the OER you need already exist? Could your own teaching materials be adapted for use as OER?
  • How do you define your student and faculty audiences?
  • For which course(s) could your OER be used?
  • Do you plan on developing additional materials (i.e., exercises, workbook) to accompany your OER?
  • What expertise is required to create your OER?

Adapted from The OER Starter Kit by Abbey K. Elder, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Questions to consider in selecting a tool/platform:

  • Does this tool allow you to create text-based or multimedia resources or course modules that may contain both?
  • If you plan to create a resource that will include special character sets (such as languages other than English or uncommon symbols/diacritics)/equations, does this tool support that?
  • How does this tool facilitate creating content that is accessible?
  • Does this tool allow straightforward application of a Creative Commons license?
  • Does this tool allow you to host your OER on an existing OER platform, with a permanent link for sharing?
  • How does the tool allow you to export content to a format that others can reuse and share? Could users export to a more acciessible e format?
  • What does the tool cost to use? For you? For students? Do users need an account to view your OER? If so, what are the tool's terms of use, and how does it manage user personal data?

Tools & Resources for Creating OER

OER on creating OER (Sooo meta...) 

Check out some of these guides, checklists, and other resources to help you get started.