Open Educational Resources (OERs): Create OER
Interested in creating your own textbook and course content? The following tools will help you plan and create.
Tools for Planning
Tools for Creating
License Your Work
Creative Commons License helps you to legally share your ideas and creations with others and enable them to build upon and make creative use of those items. The CC license is a standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work.
There are 6 Creative Commons Licenses to choose from, each with varying degrees of restrictions, with CC-BY being the most accessible and open. Use the Creative Commons License Chooser to help determine which CC license is the best fit for you.
Now that you have created your content, licensed and attributed the work, and checked for accessibility, you are almost ready to release it to a wide audience. For the final steps, we strongly encourage a review process by both peers and students.
- Have the item reviewed by others, ideally colleagues and other instructors teaching similar content in their classes. Are there gaps in the material? Are the examples relevant? Would they consider using the material in their own classes?
- Have the item reviewed by students. Students will have a unique perspective on the material and their feedback can be very valuable. Do they find the language unclear? Do the visuals convey the message you intend? Are there parts of the work they find not useful?
Once you are satisfied with the final product, you are ready to share it with others. Here are some places to promote and share your work
- Share it on PDXOPEN
- Share it on Open Oregon's Resource page
- Share it on OER Commons, a large repository of OER materials
- Share it on Open Textbook Library
- Share it in Canvas
- Promote it on social media
- Promote it on listserves in relevant subject areas
The BCcampus Open Education Self-publishing Guide is a reference for individuals or groups wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook. This guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook.
Authoring Open Textbooks
Authoring Open Textbooks is a guide for faculty authors, librarians, project managers, and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education and K-12. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools. By Melissa Falldin and Karen Lauritsen.
Open Textbook Toolkit
The Open Textbook Toolkit was created by University of Toronto and is designed to support faculty who would like to create their first open textbook. Key sections include information on stakeholders, technology, copyright, accessibility, and general production and classroom use.
A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students
A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students is a handbook for faculty interested in practicing open pedagogy by involving students in the making of open textbooks, ancillary materials, or other Open Educational Resources.
PDXOpen is Portland State University's open access platform where textbooks are freely available on the web for students at PSU and beyond. Items in PDXOpen include an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license which allows authors and others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commerically. More information on submission guidelines and funding opportunities can be found on the PDXScholar Services page.