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OER Toolkit

Authoring OER Content

The following guides can help you get started with the process of creating an OER, with tips on how and where to publish an OER.

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OER Design Tips

Consider this list of design tips to create sharable, reusable OER - and get help from the library along the way.

Also visit the Learning Futures Academic Tools site for OER design help and H5P training.

  • Start with what’s there Look to existing collections with quality resources such as the Pressbooks Directory or MERLOT. Also consider materials that you've created, which may be available offline.
  • Make it accessible It's important to ensure that the resources you create are accessible to all learners. Note that it is more work to make existing OER accessible than it is to create an accessible OER from the start. Use the accessibility checklist (Word download) to guide your work.
  • Make it adaptable The more modular your content is, the easier it is for future users to reuse it. If you’re working on an open textbook, separate your content by chapter and subchapter. If possible, provide a version of your resource in an editable format, such as .docx or Google Docs.
  • Make it open Select and clearly display the Creative Commons licence for your resource. If you integrate other materials into your resource, select those that are open. See the Copyright, Licensing and Attribution module in this toolkit for information on choosing an open licence, or contact your library for help.
  • Make it discoverable Work with library staff to determine the best platform for sharing the resource with others. Library staff can also advise you on adding appropriate descriptors that make your OER discoverable.

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