Collaborate! Reach out to the OER librarians to help connect you with collaborators both within and outside the library.
Note the copyright terms of the images and videos you will need before starting your project.
Save your OER in any document format that doesn't require proprietary software to edit.
Share your work openly on a platform that others can access.
The OER Starter Kit - written by Abby Elder, an excellent introduction to OER, particularly useful to those new to the field, covering: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER. It includes the useful planning document, the “OER Project Roadmap Worksheet.”
This version, the OER Starter Kit Workbook, includes skills practice worksheets.
VIVA Open! Advancing Open Educational Practice Workshop Series - Includes sessions on OER Design, Authoring, and Remixing, as well as Including Students as Course Creators and Contributors, focusing on the free authoring environment, Open Author. Included are templates for design and authoring, as well as instructions for using the Open Author tool. VIVA hosts an Open Educational Practitioners community to facilitate the exchange of resources, ideas and information by OER practitioners. Open Author can be launched from this group site.
BC Campus Self Publishing Guide - Serves as a reference for individuals or groups wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook. It provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook. Copyright, open-copyright licenses, and the differences between citation and attribution are discussed as well as the importance of copy editing and proofreading. Checklists and templates are also provided.
Authoring Open Textbooks by the Open Textbook Network - Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.
Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students - A handbook for faculty interested in practicing open pedagogy by involving students in the making of open textbooks, ancillary materials or other OER.
WikiEducation - Information on teaching and learning with Wikipedia.
BC Campus Open Education Accessibility Toolkit - The goal of this accessibility toolkit is to provide resources for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open textbook--one that is free and accessible for all students.
Creating and Modifying Open Educational Resources - Step-by-step guide to creating and modifying content. Created by Affordable Learning Georgia.
Marketing Open and Affordable Courses - This collaboratively authored guide helps institutions navigate the uncharted waters of tagging course material as open educational resources (OER) or under a low-cost threshold by summarizing relevant state legislation, providing tips for working with stakeholders, and analyzing technological and process considerations. The first half of the book provides high-level analysis of the technology, legislation, and cultural change needed to operationalize course markings. The second half features various case studies.
Copyright and Licensing
Creative Commons explainer video, UVA Library's Brandon Butler describes the licenses and their uses.
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources - This document helps authors decide how and under what circumstances they can call upon fair use in order to incorporate copyrighted content in their OER.
Inkscape: This open source application creates and edits PDF files. Includes a vector drawing and graphics tool and is a great option if your document is image-heavy.
LibreOffice: An open office suite of tools (ala Microsoft Office) that includes word processing, PDF editor, spreadsheets, presentations, small database, images, and more.
Open Author (from OER Commons): An editing, cloning, and publishing interface all in one that allows for the creation of courses, units, lessons, activities, and presentations. Note that it is not currently capable to produce portable formats like ebooks and PDF files.
Microsoft Office can also be used to create non-proprietary document formats.
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.
Adobe Photoshop, which can be purchased with an educational license from the UVA Bookstore, allows you to create image files in a number of open source image formats,
InkScape is an open source application that creates and edits PDFs and also is a vector drawing and graphics tool. A better option for PDF editing if your document is image-heavy.
Dia is a free, open source application used to create flowcharts and other kinds of charts and diagrams.
Publish with tools that produce non-proprietary 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.
Pressbooks: Open source software, it is an editing, cloning, and publishing interface all in one. Allows for easy creation of portable formats like typeset PDF files (i.e., structured to improve the reading experience) and ebooks. Local hosting of most themes is available with its free version; proprietary hosting, themes, and tech support are available for a fee.
Libretexts: Online platform for creation and dissemination of OER
OER Commons "Open Author: Create resources with both instructor and student-facing views; host them in OER Commons.
Jupyter Book: Build publication-quality books and documents from computational materials
Upload it to Libra, UVA's institutional repository. It will automatically become findable through VIRGO
Add it to the Open Textbook Library
Register it with OER Commons (see green button upper right)
Register it with VIVA Open (see blue button upper right)
Add it to Merlot
UVA Library provides the following accessibility guides:
Creating Web Accessible Multimedia
The goal of the Accessibility Toolkit - 2nd Edition is to provide resources for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open textbook—one that is free and accessible for all students.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web. Web Accessibility Principles | Easy Checks | Tips for Designing for Web Accessibility