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Open Educational Resources (OER): Create or Adapt Textbooks

Create a Textbook or Adapt an Existing One


Want to create course materials to complement your teaching? Or edit or adapt an existing open textbook? Check links below for support. Low fees are associated with some sites. 

Directly below are guides to open textbook creation and modification processes.

Open textbooks created by Auraria faculty may be submitted for inclusion in the Auraria Institutional Repository.  

Create-Adapt-Remix-Revise Textbooks

Creative Commons License Types

From the Lansing Community College (LCC) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by Regina Gong, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Licensing the OER You Create

How open would you like to make the OER you're creating? 

  • Would you like to fully share the content and allow others to share it, revise it, translate it, integrate it into other educational materials?
  • Is it ok if others use your work for commercial ventures?  
  • Would you like others to use it, but draw the line at anyone modifying it?

It's easy to select and apply a Creative Commons license to your work that will precisely represent the level of openness you want for your OER. The Creative Commons chooser below can help guide you in deciding which license to use.

Peer Review - Editorial Input

When creating an OER, the creator takes on the responsibility of ensuring accuracy of the resource, since the quality of content, writing, and presentation normally assured by professional editors, publishers, and peers may be absent in open access texts.

In a similar vein, those selecting OER's are seeking quality resources.

Some solutions:

  • Crowdsourcing & peer review.  Increasingly, peer-reviewed materials are easily identified through OER sites.  Alternate review systems are also in place. OER repositories frequently aim for quality control through crowdsourcing with such features as hit counts (indicating popularity), comments (for qualitative input) or a ratings system. Some collections, such as MERLOT, maintain a formal peer review system.
  • Hiring editors. Freelance editors are available for hire.  See contact information below.
  • Evaluation rubric. The iRubric, noted below, is a useful guide in the OER evaluation process.