Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Note that some of these resources draw from differing definitions of OER.


Creative Commons Cheat Sheet for Higher Education by Jonathan Poritz. CC BY SA 4.0.

  •  From the abstract: “What folks working in higher education in the US need to know
    about Creative Commons licenses, the version of copyrights which most reflects
    the values of the academy.”

More information about remixing and adapting resources

OER Africa. CC BY 4.0

  • This website has resources and information to build understanding about OER and recommended OER practices.

Distinguishing Between OER and All that Other Stuff on the Internet and Works Within Works, and Collections by Maricopa Community College Faculty OER course. CC BY-SA 4.0

  • Course materials if you have any concerns about the copyright status of works you want to remix. These two modules from the Maricopa Community College Faculty OER course will help you understand differences between free, open access, and OER, as well as citations and collections.

BC Open Education Technology Collaborative by BCCampus. CC BY 4.0

  • If you are looking for inspiration on how to bring remixing and adapting resources to your classroom as instructor, this group is a resource for you and the goals and group chat can be informative.

Tricky Copyright Scenarios: OER Style by Maricopa Community College Faculty OER course. CC BY-SA 4.0

  • If you want to test yourself, this quiz about tricky copyright scenarios that apply to OER will help you understand better how to remix and adapt educational materials safely.

More information about creating and sharing OER

CK12 OER. CC BY-NC 3.0

  • To create an open textbook with existing OER for K-12 education visit this site, login as a teacher and click create new.

OER Faculty Workshop by Maricopa Community College Faculty OER course. CC BY-SA 4.0

  • For a deeper dive into the process of choosing the appropriate licenses for educational resources, visit this OER course in full.

Creating Open Educational Resources by the University of British Columbia. CC BY-SA 4.0

  • A video and information on considerations to make when licensing and sharing OER at higher education institutions.

What Are the Impacts of Adopting OER? by Lumen Learning.

  • The OER Adoption Impact Calculator helps you understand many of the potential impacts of adopting OER instead of traditionally copyrighted learning materials.

More information about accessibility

Module 9: Accessibility by Open Washington: Open Educational Resources Network. CC BY 4.0

  • This module will help you design resources in a way that they will be accessible to all learners.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 by the World Wide Web Consortium.

  • The WCAG 2.0 is a stable, referenceable technical standard that helps developers of any kind of online content (from websites to text and PDF files), create or check their materials for accessibility. Many grant givers or governments (like the European Union) even require institutions to follow those guidelines when publishing public sector information or education resources.

Accessibility and Open Educational Resources by CAST Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education. CC BY-SA 4.0

  • The CAST project (Center for Applied Special Technology that promotes universal design for learning) has a helpful overview and checklist for things to consider when designing educational resources, especially for postsecondary education.

More information about open pedagogy

Open Pedagogy Notebook

Review the work of Rajiv Jhangiani, Robin DeRosa, Catherine Cronin and Maha Bali to learn more about open pedagogy and open educational practices.

Curation of Posts on Open Pedagogy #YearOfOpen by Maha Bali.

What is Open Pedagogy?

  • Video and transcript of different perspectives discussing the term Open Educational Practices.

More information about open policies

CC in Schools by Creative Commons New Zealand. CC BY 4.0

  • More information on the implementation of Creative Commons licenses used in schools at the institutional level.

BCcampus Open Education Working Group Guide by Lucas Wright and Krista Lambert. Licensed CC-BY 4.0

  • A resource for librarians, staff, and faculty who support or are supporting open education at their institution and are starting or running an open working group. This resource contains three sections to help users establish, run, and sustain a working group.

OER Policy Development Tool by Amanda Coolidge and Daniel DeMarte, Institute for Open Leadership Fellows. CC BY 4.0

  • An interactive tool for institutional policy development.