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Open Educational Resources (OER): Adopt / Adapt / Create

This guide provides links to and information about open educational resources.

There are three ways that an instructor can work with OER:

  • Adopt -- use an OER as is to replace high-cost materials
  • Adapt -- based on class contexts, combine multiple OER (and add original open content)
  • Author -- publish and license your own work as OER

How to Adopt an OER

Provide your students an alternative to expensive textbooks by following these steps:

  1. Search for the appropriate textbooks for your course. (Browse the open textbooks sources found on this guide.)
  2. Review and evaluate the textbooks based on the content and whether it suits your teaching style and your students. 
  3. Decide if you want to use the textbook as is, edit, or modify the contents. If you want to make edits make sure the licensing allows that. 
  4. Distribute to your students.

Adopt / Adapt

Adopting:

Adapting / Modifying:

open education resources property of everyone

Create

Creation Tools