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Authoring Open Textbooks by the Open Textbook Network 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.
Includes 80 online resources that you can use to learn how to build or participate in a collaborative educational effort that focuses on publication and development of those materials. Although some choices focus solely on publication, development, or tools used to accomplish either effort, some provide multifaceted venues that offer communities in which to collaborate on one or all of these efforts.
SUNY Empire Authoring Tools Guide A clearinghouse of OER, including learning object repositories, open course repositories, scholarly repositories, open textbooks, and information about open learning/education in general
Creating an OER is similar to authoring any other document, except that you are assigning that content an open license which usually allows for its free use and re-purposing by others.
Things to consider:
What license will you assign to your OER? Using a Creative Commons License will provide you with the legal framework to share your OER.
Where will you create and host your OER? You can use your own Google Drive or follow the following steps
Create your content
Get it approved/verified by your faculty
Send an email to email@example.com and cc your faculty member who approved it
Learning Commons will upload to Digital Commons and provide you a link to be shared
How will you share your OER? Once you've created your OER, you may want to share it across many directories and repositories for maximum visibility. Consider submitting your work to MERLOT, OER Commons, or the Open Textbook Library.