Planning on creating an OER yourself? Consider these 4 questions:
- Which open license is right for you?
Visit the Creative Commons tab of this guide to learn about some of your options and how to apply the licenses.
- How will people discover your OER?
A file sitting on your computer isn't very useful; to maximize the visibility of your OER, you must find a platform to host it. Consider the options on the Find OER tab of this guide.
- How easy will it be for others to revise and remix your OER?
Consider the ALMS framework in order to help you choose formats that can be edited by others.
- If involving students in the creation of your OER, how best to respect their rights and privacy?
Let students decide. Offer students a choice of whether to openly license their work for inclusion in the OER and don't penalize students who opt out. Consider alternative ways for students to fulfill course requirements.
Allow pseudonyms. Some students have valid reasons for wanting to avoid leaving a digital footprint.
Inform students of their copyrights. Librarian Christin Wixson is available to drop into classes to support student understanding of copyright and OER.
See A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students for more information.