Learning Management Systems (LMS) are great places to keep copies of your OER for your courses; however, they don't allow public access.
In order for others to use your OER, you may need to provide access in one or more of the following ways:
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost provide a webpage with helpful links to Open Learning resources at the University.
The University offers open courses through Coursera.
LibraOpen is affiliated with the University of Virginia Library and all materials become part of the Library's catalog. Note: Users will need to NetBadge in to access the link.
Hosting OER in the "cloud" means storing and processing data on networked facilities (computers somewhere on the Internet) as opposed to locally on your own computer.
Flickr is a free image hosting service (up to one terabyte) that allows you to create galleries and slideshows as well as mark your content as Creative Commons.
PodBean provides easy uploading and publishing tools, templates, custom domains, social & promotional tools, embeddable podcast player, and more.
Podomatic allows you to create your own podcast website. Anyone can listen, share and download MP3s of your episodes.
Free options for hosting video
YouTube is perhaps the most popular spot for hosting video; however, unless you direct the learner to your specific video(s), they may get lost attempting to navigate the millions of search results.
School Tube is created for K-12 students. The content is both educator and teacher created and a valuable tool for education majors. School Tube screens content in order to protect children from harmful content and invasions of their privacy.
SlideShare allows the upload of PowerPoint presentations that can be embedded into blogs, webpages, and online courses. You can mark your content as Creative Commons.
Google Drive allows for the upload of Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint slideshows that can be linked but not embedded.
Consider publishing tools that are non-proprietary and produce formats that are easy to:
PDF format is ideal for text OER. Other alternatives include open source word processing applications, odt format (the open version of .doc/.docx), or an HTML web page.
Open Author from OER Commons
Creating audio files will require a microphone. It is best to use an external microphone as opposed to the one that came with your desktop or laptop due to audio quality. UVA users can utilize the equipment available at the Robertson Media Center on the third floor of Clemons Library.
Audacity is an open source audio editing software.
GarageBand is a line of digital audio workstations for macOS and iOS that allows users to create music or podcasts.
GIMPSHOP, also open source and built using GIMP code, is an image editing application resembling Photoshop.
Greenshot is a free, open source tool for taking, editing, and annotating screenshots.
Including your work in MERLOT is an excellent way to share your materials with other educators.
MERLOT is a platform for creating, editing, and sharing OER on all topics, for all grade levels, and also for rating, reviewing, and modifying, and using the OER created by others. Some of the OER are formally peer reviewed