When planning to develop an open educational resource, here are some important considerations:
Designing an open educational resource is in many ways similar to designing an equivalent traditional resource. Consider:
Even if you have not found an existing OER that covers the specific content of interest, you can look to existing models for ideas about organization and sequencing. You can also incorporate smaller open works like CC-licensed images to support your text.
When writing your resource, keep the following in mind:
For more information, check out the Open Education Self-Publishing Guide created by BCcampus.
You may not have the time or expertise necessary to develop a more complex OER on your own. In this case, collaborating with colleagues either within your department or around the world can be very helpful in accelerating the process. Community platforms like Rebus are available to facilitate collaboration. You can also use open pedagogy to get students involved in the process of creating OERs, for example through renewable assignments.
For more information, see the Learning Portal guide to Collaborating on OERs.
Once you have completed development of your OER, the next step is to share it with learners. Because OERs are openly licensed, they can be shared: