Open Educational Resources (OER), Creating

Introduction to Creating OER

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Time needed to complete this module: 20 minutes

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify and create adaptable OER
  • Use multiple hosting and creation platforms to create new OER
  • Select and apply an appropriate open license to a newly-adapted or newly-created resources
  • Optimize the discoverability of newly-created OER

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Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain and have been released under an open license that permits access, use, repurposing, reuse and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions (Atkins, Brown & Hammond, 2007). 


Atkins, D. E., Brown, J. S., & Hammond, A. L. (2007). A Review of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement: Achievements, Challenges, and New Opportunities. Report to The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 84.

OER is not just about creating textbooks, it’s also about creating online learning objects, which can come in a variety of forms. Course materials can be shared within a learning management system, and can take the forms of websites, documents, videos, flyers, infographics, interactive tutorials, and more. OER materials are great to use for courses, particularly for online courses, but not all subject areas or learning objectives can be addressed by existing OER materials. If you can't find what you need for your course, there are a variety of resources that can help you create accessible online learning objects and put your materials into open repositories in your subject area. 

Before you decide to create materials for a course, it’s important to look through a variety of OER repositories to see if there are existing resources you could adapt for your course or research. One important thing to keep in mind, is that just because something is freely available on the Internet, does not mean it’s available to be adapted or remixed in your course under fair use. To learn more about finding OER materials, be sure to read through the UNCG Libraries OER Finding Materials module

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