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Open Educational Resources (OER): Create, Adapt, Evaluate, Host

This guide offers ideas and resources for faculty interested in locating, adapting, or creating fully open learning materials as well as freely accessible and lower-cost textbooks and learning resources.

Create a Textbook or Adapt an Existing One

Adapting and Creating OER

Texts are regularly created and updated to assist educators wishing to adapt and create learning materials. Check out the guides below.

Editing and Authoring Software and Platforms

Hosting & Discoverability Options for Your OER

Once you've created an Open Educational Resource, it can be hosted via the Auraria Library. After your material is hosted, linking it to one or more of the "Referatories" listed below will help others discover your work.

Host & Share Your Creation through Auraria Library!

The Library encourages submissions of open textbooks or other open educational learning materials created by faculty or staff on the Auraria Campus for inclusion in the Auraria Institutional Repository (AIR). Please submit through the self-submittal tool linked below. Need help? Contact

Advantages to including your created material ("object") in AIR:

  1. The Library will preserve each object for the life of the University using Amazon-based cloud backups.
  2. The Library will host each object in its original format and, as a matter of course, render them in accessible PDF format and in JPG format.
  3. The Library will catalog each object and enter the associated record into OCLC, thereby increasing discoverability of the object through library and web searches.
  4. Each object will be text-searchable and indexed in Google.
  5. The creator has the right to request the Library take down the object from public view at any time.
  6. The creator may have the object hosted concurrently in any other repository they choose.
  7. The object will be assigned a digital object identifier (DOI) This is a unique identifier to an instance of an item where the item is hosted.

Places to Link Hosted OER

Evaluation and Peer Review: Seeking and Creating Quality OER

The rubrics, checklists, and guides listed below help OER adopters assess quality and such elements as accessibility.

PEER REVIEW.​ Those creating OER want their work reviewed. Some solutions and strategies:

  • Peer Review.  Increasingly, peer-reviewed materials can be identified in OER repositories.  Alternate review systems are also in place to allow for "peer endorsed" materials. OER repositories often aim for quality control through crowdsourcing with such features as hit counts (indicating popularity), comments (for qualitative input) or a ratings system. 
  • Getting your OER reviewed. See options below.

Textbook Costs