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Adopting Open Educational Resources

Creating OER of Your Own

Creating OER

Your search for OER may result in a perfect textbook or series of modules. However, if you are not as lucky as that, you have the option, depending on the CC license, of adapting content to more closely align with your curriculum.

Adaptation, or repurposing is defined as follows:

Adaptation implies a number of changes (more or less deep) from the original OER. Some examples are:
to significantly modify it,
to adapt a concrete aspect (context, learning style, specific needs, etc.),
to adjust it (length, communication style, format…),
to integrate some sections from other OER, etc. 

The above derived from OERUp, Module 3, CC BY SA


Considerations as you Plan your OER

►Where will you store your OER? Did you develop it on an OER site with authoring and storage tools? Where can you find tools like this?

►What specific technical requirements are needed in order for you to store them there? What format can be uploaded?

►Do you need metadata and keywords to help users find your OER? How would you make your OER more discoverable?

►How will you license your OER? Visit the CC License Help website to learn more. In addition, if you are remixing several OER which were published under different licences, use the Creative Commons License Compatibility Wizards to help.  In order to write appropriate citations for resources you used, visit Best Practices for Attribution. The suggested citation format is: [Title] by [Author], used under [CC BY License]


The above derived from OER: It's as Easy as 1-2-3by Michael Daly, 

Adding a Copyright

It is likely that much of the content in your newly created OER will have been available to you via a Creative Commons, Attribution, Share-Alike license, (CC BY SA)

Thus, though you may add a Creative Commons license of your own, asserting copyright over the content, you are constrained from adding any but an additional CC BY SA license.

For information about adding a Creative Commons copyright, click here.