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Open Educational Resources: Remixing and Revising OER

OER are freely available resources for teaching and learning. This guide is an introduction to where to find them, how to evaluate them, and how to create them.

Tools and Resources

Original Format Possible Editing Tools (Web-based) Possible Editing Tools (Desktop)
Word or OpenOffice Google Docs, PressBooks Microsoft Word, OpenOffice
ePub PressBooks Sigil, Calibre
Mobi (requires conversion to ePub for editing)   Calibre (to convert and edit)
Text Google Docs, PressBooks Word, OpenOffice
LaTex  OverLeaf TeXnicCenter, TeXworks, Texmaker, SageMath
HTML Google Docs, PressBooks, MediaWiki Dreamweaver, MS Expression Web
OpenStax College Connexions n/a

Adapted from "6 Steps to Modifying an Open Textbook" by Clint Lalonde, BCcampus is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Whether you have decided to create an OER from scratch or adapt or revise a currently existing one, it is important to determine the type of license it should have. 

Sharing OER

Open Educational Resources do not have to be textbooks.  Faculty may already have created resources that can become OER.  Examples are:

  • Syllabi
  • Course
  • Video/Tutorial
  • Worksheets
  • Assignments
  • Tests, quizzes, assessments

If you decide that you wish to share these resources, then think about:

  1. What license should be applied to it?
  2. What format is it in?  Plain text is more accessible and more easily remixed than PDF.
  3. Where will you house it?  Contact Joanne Evanoff to discuss including it in ERAU's Scholarly Commons.