Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Resources for Adopting, Adapting, & Creating OER
Adopting Open Educational Resources in the Classroom (online course)
This course provides faculty with an introduction to the laws that influence the use, re-use, and distribution of content they may want to use in a course. Activities include finding openly licensed content for use in a class and publishing openly licensed works created by faculty. At the end of the course, students will have openly licensed content that will be ready for use in a course.
Authoring Open Textbooks
From the Open Textbook Network, this guide is for faculty authors, librarians, project managers and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education and K-12. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.
Creating and Modifying Open Educational Resources Tutorial
A chapter-by-chapter informational tutorial prepared by Affordable Learning Georgia for USG faculty and staff interested in creating or adapting open educational resources.
A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students
A handbook for faculty interested in practicing open pedagogy by involving students in the making of open textbooks, ancillary materials, or other Open Educational Resources.
How to Use Open Educational Resources
Self-paced workshop from Open Washington
Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know
This is a five-step guide for faculty, and those who support faculty, who want to modify an open textbook. Step-by-step instructions for importing and editing common open textbook file and platform types are included.
OER Accessibility Toolkit
The goal of the OER Accessibility Toolkit is to provide the needed resources needed to each content creator, instructor, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open and accessible educational resource - one that is accessible for all students.
OER Handbook for Educators 1.0
This handbook is designed to help educators find, use, develop and share OER to enhance their effectiveness online and in the classroom.
Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS)
SUNY ALS offers 2 self-paced online tutorials to learn more about OERs
The Rebus Community for Open Textbook Creation is made up of faculty, students, and staff from schools, colleges, and universities around the world. This is a project of the Rebus Foundation – another piece of the project is the Rebus Community Press (an open textbook production and formatting system).
Self Publishing Guide
From BCcampus Open Education. The Self-Publishing Guide is a reference for individuals or groups wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook. This guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook.
Spport for Adapting an Open Textbook
Guides and tools from BCcampus OpenEd (British Columbia).
Tools / Software
Pressbooks is easy-to-use book writing software that lets you create a book in all the formats you need to publish. Pressbooks delivers print-ready files for CreateSpace, IngramSpark and Lightning Source, as well as ebook files optimized to look great in all ebook stores: Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Google Play and more.
Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.
Guidebook to Research on Open Educational Resources Adoption
The purpose of this guidebook is to provide ideas for how individual faculty members and those who support them (e.g., librarians, instructional designers, etc.) can research the effect of their adoption of open educational resources (OER).