How To Create An OER
If you're new to Open Educational Resources, unfamiliar with them, or just need a place to start, then this is the page for you. This page was developed to help those wanting to create an Open Educational Resource by providing step by step instructions on how to start. If you feel stuck or need a hand feel free to Contact Us, we are always happy to help!
Good Luck! - College of the Canyons OER Staff
Helpful Guides to Creating an OER
Creating OER learning materials is generally a two part process. The first is the gathering of the materials if you are adopting, or creating the materials if you are writing. One of the advantages of going OER is you can do both. You can customize your dream curriculum to include exactly what you want. For example, you are satisfied with the existing OER material you have found through your research with the exception of one chapter; you can simply create your own. Once you have composed your masterpiece, the next step is the formatting of the resource. This involves not only labeling your resource as Creative Commons (CC) Licensing, but being sure you include proper accreditation for your sources that require you to do so. Please review the Link to Creative Commons Licensing for more details as there are several different types of OER materials and the licensing laws behind each type. However do keep in mind The OER team is here to assist you with both phases of the project and guide you through the process.
Step 1 - Plan and Set Aside Time
Creating or finding an Open Educational Resource can be time consuming, and that is why it is best to make a plan.
Here are some things to consider when planning to make your OER:
·         When will you be working on this project? (weekends, after class, over an off term)
    • Setting a consistent time aside to work on your OER is a great way to get it done in a timely manner. By setting goals during this time, you will be sure to get the maximum amount of work done in the minimum amount of time.
·         Will you be working with anyone on this project? What schedule do they have? What role did they commit to?
·         Having a group of individuals collaborate to work on an OER can be very effective ;however, it is vital that you decide the roles of each individual and how to use everyone’s talents in the timeliest manner.
·         What materials will you need? Will you be writing this material yourself or adopting?
    • There is no wrong way to create an OER material but you must understand the difference between writing and adopting an OER. Once you determine which method is best for you and your project, you can find the correct research materials and proceed in creating your material.
·         What is your goal for this project? (To replace a textbook, to make a supplemental material, etc.)
    • It is important to understand the goal of your project because it could drastically alter how you will create or find your materials. Be clear on your goal and make steps to achieve it.
Step 2 - See If There Are Materials Similar To Yours
Research is an essential part to creating an OER because in many cases there are materials that already exist that could fit your needs.
There are many places to look for these materials, and many types of materials, can be difficult to start, but that is why COC has created and continuously updates it’s the College of the Canyons OER List.
Step 3 - Understand Your Learning Objectives
Instead of looking for something to just replace your current material, think about what you would like your students to learn or understand. Considering this, you could try being more specific in your searches for materials. Ex. Instead of searching "Math" search "Algebra" or "Integrals". By doing research more on topics instead of subjects, you could create more of a custom course that you know your students will enjoy.
The more you search, the greater the chance is that you may find the exact material you are looking for. [BF2] Also make sure that all the resources you choose are under a Creative Commons license or another form of open resource license. If a material is Copyrighted, it is not ideal to use it unless you get special permissions from those who created it. Once again, a great place to start your search for materials is the College of the Canyons OER List.​​
Step 5 - Create the Material and Label it Creative Commons
After you are done finding/ putting together your material, don't forget to give your sources the appropriate credit and to label your source under a Creative Commons license. This is very important because then others can understand that your resource is open source as well and may be able to use it as well.  If you are staff or faculty member a staff or faculty of College of the Canyons we would love to also list your resource under the current College of the Canyons Open Resource page, so be sure to submit it to us!
Step 6 - Give Yourself A Pat On The Back
It's a big deal to create or find an Open Educational Resource and by supporting OERs you are helping students of today and the future get an education for less. Good Job for following through!
This Step By Step "How to Create an OER" guide was based off of PCC Library's "OER - Open Educational Resources: Get started". To see the original source please visit:
Klaudinyi, Jen. "Portland Community College." Get Started. PCC Library, 11 Feb. 2016. Web. 03 Mar. 2016.

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