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Open Educational Resources (OER): Creating

This guide explains the basics of OER, and provides general and discipline-specific resources.

Creating OER

Authoring an Open textbook in becoming easier with more and more platforms. This is a list of platforms and resources which provides information on how to start publishing a new textbook or modify an open textbook.

  1. BC Open Textbook Authoring Guide  - This book is a practical guide to adapting or creating open textbooks using the PressBooks platform. It is continually evolving as new information, practices and processes are developed. The primary audience for this book are faculty in British Columbia, Canada who are participating in the B.C. Open Textbook project. However, there may be content within this book that is useful to others working on similar Open Educational Resource initiatives.
  2. BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit - The goal of the Accessibility Toolkit is to provide the resources needed so that each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, teaching assistant, etc. has the opportunity to create a truly open and accessible textbook. An open textbook that is free and accessible for all students.
  3. Authoring Open Textbooks -This guide is for faculty authors, librarians, project managers and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education and K-12. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.       
  4. Rebus Community OER 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 Open Educational Resources. This is a first edition, compiled by Rebus Community, and we welcome feedback and ideas to expand the text. 
  5. Guide to Developing Open Textbooks - This guide has been developed to assist teachers, teaching support personnel and educational technology administrators to: understand the value of open education, OER and open textbooks for teaching and learning; appreciate the potential value of developing an open textbook platform; select appropriate technology to build an open textbook platform, using either existing services offered free on the Internet or open-source tools, based on local needs and resources; and build, manage and maintain an open textbook platforms.

OER Creating Case Studies

1. Open Textbook Authorship Case Study - The blog, An Open Source Theatre Textbook, explains the problem Dr. Mitchell faced, the solution he arrived at, and provides a series of posts about e-readers, his motivation for creating an open textbook, the open source model, and the philosophy undergirding his effort. As part of that philosophy, he recognizes the importance of having a copy editor and peer reviewers, which cost money. He describes almost giving up on the project for lack of funds until he began a dialogue with University Press of Florida and subsequently received generous financial support from the University of Florida Provost and enthusiastic support from his dean. The blog continues to chronicle his efforts on the textbook.


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