For those interested in how to author and publish any new Open Education Resources or revise and remix existing ones, this page provides a basic overview for how to do that. As the University of Memphis develops additional opportunities for UofM faculty and students to participate in OER publishing, this page will continue to be updated with relevant information.
All of these are a good place to start with authoring OER. They all use simple content editors to create primarily text-based OER content, though they can incorporate other media such as images, video, and mathematical formulas.
You could also create basic OER in Canvas if you only want to share your finished product in Canvas Commons.
Microsoft Word is a perfectly serviceable tool for writing textbooks that are not graphics heavy, you want to convert to PDF, and does not require any additional training. There are also a number of resources available through the university's Adobe Creative Cloud service, such as Acrobat and InDesign.
Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint, and Visio (through Office.com) are all tools you already have access to through Office that can be used for certain types of image creation and editing. There are also a number of resources available through the university's Adobe Creative Cloud service, such as Illustrator and Photoshop.
For support and instruction on graphic design software, contact the sandbox creatorspace in McWherter Library.
There is a variety of video and audio production software available through the university's Adobe Creative Cloud service, such as Premier Pro and Audition.
For support and instruction on video and audio production software, contact the sandbox creatorspace in McWherter Library.
In most cases, you will probably license your OER using a Creative Commons license. Creative Commons has an online license assistant that will walk you through a few quick questions to help you identify the best license to use.
When you create remixed works built on multiple existing works with different open licenses, you have to juggle the requirements of those licenses, especially if they are not the same. While there have been some updates to Creative Commons licensing since its release, the video below is a great introduction to some of the issues that can come up when you create OER that remix and combine materials with different licensing and how to address them.
Some OER creation tools, such as Pressbooks or OER Commons Open Author, will host your OER online after you create it. For everything else, there is Digital Commons. Digital Commons is the shared repository of scholarship and publications at the University of Memphis, and its OER Collection can host a wide variety of OER file types and link out to resources hosted elsewhere.
Shared OER repositories are a great place to host and improve the discoverability of your OER.
Depending on the platform, you can
Submitting your OER to repositories, even if they are not your main hosting site, is a great decision, since they will
While Digital Commons and standard OER repositories can host video files, sharing to dedicated video platforms make it much easier for your students and others who would use your OER to watch the videos. Both YouTube and Vimeo videos can be easily pulled into Canvas Studio.
This guide was created by Dr. Meredith Heath Boulden on behalf of the University of Memphis Libraries and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License unless otherwise noted. This guide is currently maintained by Carl Hess.