This page provides resources to help you get started adapting or creating OER. We recommend you refer to one of these helpful guides that will give you more detailed advice, or reach out to the OER librarian or OER specialist for an OER consultation.
Most OER are published under a Creative Commons (CC) license, to adapt an existing OER you need to know how it is licensed. Some CC licenses do not allow adaptation, or have specific requirements for re-use like sharing your new work with the same license. This Creative Commons guide explains the different types of CC licenses, how to use CC licensed work, and how to pick a license for your own work. If you need any help understanding Creative Commons licenses, choosing a license, or writing attribution statements you can request an OER consult or reach out to the OER librarian or specialist.
Some helpful tools:
These resources will help you make your OER accessible:
If you want your students to be able to easily access and use your OER, consider the file format that you're selecting. For textbooks, EPUB is often the most accessible format for those who want to read your OER using a mobile device. This format guide includes more information on creating and editing EPUB files.
While Creative Commons licenses permit a range of uses, actual technical openness is vital to ensure that those uses are in fact possible (e.g., consider the difference between an openly licensed text available solely as a PDF versus one available in PDF, on the web, and in a downloadable, editable format). No matter what authoring and publishing tools you use, it is important that you create, at a minimum, one web-based format, one offline, and one editable format of your final product. This allows all types of users to benefit the most from your work, and makes it easier for people to adapt your book.
Whether you are adopting, adapting, or creating an OER you have the option to print your OER if you or your students prefer print course material. There are a few options for printing at UO:
Attribution: "Formatting OER" was modified from The Rebus Guide to Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far) by Apurva Ashok; Zoe Wake Hyde; and Kaitlin Schilling licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY).