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Open Educational Resources

This guide is designed to assist faculty in the exploration, identification, evaluation, selection, and adoption of Open Educational Resources.

Tools for Creating & Remixing

Freely Available (But Not Open) Resources

Sharing Learning Objects

If you'd like to share one of your learning objects as an OER, think about the following:

  1. Decide where they might go (general or disciplinary repository)
  2. Find out what the requirements are for them to go there. Do they need to be in a specific format? What metadata is required?
  3. Rank/evaluate your OER. What level is it intended for? What’s the language use (very technical or introductory)? Can you add instructions/tips on how you used it?
  4. Craft metadata for the object. What terms can you use to make your OER more discoverable?
  5. Licensing! Look at the CC website to decide what’s right for you. What are your intentions for the object?
  6. If you are remixing several OER which were published under different licenses, use the Creative Commons License Compatibility Chart to help you determine whether there will be compatibility issues.
  7. Refer to CC attribution guide and write appropriate citations for resources you used. The suggested citation format is: [Title] by [Author], used under [CC BY License]

"Open Educational Resources: Adapt/Remix OER" by University of Illinois Library is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Creating OER & Combining Licenses


Just like traditional books, OER must be accessible to all students. Below are resources that can help with accessibility standards for OER: