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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 open textbook created by others? Check the links below for support. Low fees are associated with some sites. 

Directly below are guides to the open textbook creation or modification process.

Create-Adapt-Remix-Revise Textbooks

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?  Choose the license that will best represent your wishes.  The Creative Commons chooser below can help guide you in your decision.

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. 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.