Creating an Open Educational Resource can be as easy as typing text into a word document and attaching appropriate credit for other people’s shared work. Once you have your content, find the digital publishing platform that works best for you (refer to the suggestions below). Once the work is complete, go through Creative Commons Licensing to set guidelines for how you plan to share your work and then select an appropriate platform. There are many sites that house open textbooks such as MERLOT II, OER Commons, Open Textbook Library or OpenStax.
Affordable Learning Georgia Tutorial: Creating and Modifying Open Educational Resources - this is an excellent tutorial on how to create your own OER and adapt others' OER to your course.
If you’re considering developing an entirely new set of OER materials, or pursuing a heavy adaptation of an existing set, the following workflow process may help.
This work, created by Billy Meinke and University of Hawai'i at Manoa Outreach College, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Revisions by SUNY OER Services 5/2017.