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Open Educational Resources & Textbook Affordability

This guide is an introduction to the use and creation of Open Educational Resources faculty & staff at the University of Oregon

You will want to take into account effective instructional design when creating your OER. Use repetition, frameworks, meaningful names, hierarchies, and careful presentation of new elements to help students absorb information from your textbook or resource. Take a look at these five rules of textbook development by BCcampus.

Five rules of textbook development include rule of repetition, rule of frameworks, rule of hierarchy, rule of meaningful names, and rule of manageable numbers. More details are available from the BCcampus authoring guide at

OER Creation Guides

OER Authoring Tools

Some OER authoring tools are free, and others require payment. Also, be aware that some tools require users to actively change their sharing settings to make resources public, or they may only allow sharing with other registered users and not the wider public.

Free Tools

Paid Tools

How to Ensure Accessibility

Think about students with disabilities as you begin creating your OER. Students who use screen readers or other assistive technologies will benefit if you pay attention to hierarchy in your textbook, describe images with alt tags, caption your videos and include transcripts, and follow other best practices. BCcampus has created this helpful Open Education Accessibility Toolkit that you might consult as you get started.

Below are resources that help with accessibility standards for OER.

Pedagogical Elements to Consider

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