3.3 Share your OER

Green box with the letter S, the word 'Sharing', and the hashtag #OER
Image: Elemental by @visualthinkery, licensed CC-BY-SA remix by catherinecronin

In this section, we focus on how to share an OER you have created or remixed. By now, you should have a small resource ready to share (if not, please revisit the earlier activity). You may have created this resource yourself — or modified or remixed an existing OER for which there is CC licensed permission to adapt and share. Now it is time to share your OER.

It is important to think about the formats which will work most easily on sharing platforms. This helpful guide from State University New York (SUNY) OER Services offers information about the tools you can use to edit and prepare your OER for sharing, as well as the formats accepted by different platforms and repositories. You could consider sharing to a well-known platform such as OER Commons, for example.

You may also wish to share via other well-known sites, particularly if you are already accustomed to using these:

Optional activities
  • Find out what resources and networks exist at your own institution to support you in creating and sharing OER. These resources may be available via your institution’s library, teaching and learning centre, or colleagues in your department or elsewhere. Some resources might be, for example: LibGuides related to OER; institutional policies regarding open access or OER;  institutional open access and/or OER repositories; local open education networks (such as Open Scholarship Community Galway); etc.
  • What resources and networks can you access beyond your institution? For example, the National Forum provides national resources and events to support OER and OEP (see www.teachingandlearning.ie/open). In addition, numerous international resources and networks are available to support individual and institutional open practice. 


3.2 License your OER
3.4 Adapting/creating open textbooks