Create OER Workshop

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Workshop Description

This is the project page for an Open.Michigan workshop held on December 9, 2010 at the Media Gateway in North Quad on the University of Michigan campus. This page includes examples of OER created for this workshop by Open.Michigan staff and workshop participants as well as resources to use and create OER.

How to Create OER

Have you heard of OER but don't quite know what it means? Do you want to learn how to use Creative Commons or other public licenses more effectively? Are you interested in publishing your scholarly content in a way that allows others to lawfully use it and adapt it? Check out these guidelines, tutorials and tools to get started! 

Open Educational Resources

OER can be defined as "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge" (Atkins, et. al., A Review of the OER Movement 2007).

Open.Michigan provides a detailed overview of OER on its Open Educational Resources page.

Major Steps to Creation OER

The major requirement to creating OER is to openly license your work but there are four major steps to creating and sharing OER in educational contexts.

  1. License your Work: Choose a License
  2. Use openly licensed material: Open Content Search
  3. Attribute others' materials appropriately: Browse Attribution Styles
  4. Share your work so that others may access it: Find Places to Publish Your Work
  5. Get Involved! Team up with Open.Michigan as a [[dScribe|dScribe]] or start your own dScribe program and join our Global dScribe googlegroup.

Details for these steps can be found on our Share page on the Open.Michigan website. Our presentation for this event is: How to Create OER (PPTX)

Examples of OER

Open.Michigan Resources

Open.Michigan staff have created lists, how-to's and presentations about creating and using OER. 

Guides and Resources


External Resources

See also: Software and Applications for Open Sharing and Software for Content Development


  • OER Glossary
    • OER Commons has provided a comprehensive glossary of terms commonly used in the open education setting to help you understand this field.


See Open Content Search

Attribution Help


  • ImageCodr helps you insert appropriately licensed images from Flickr into your own websites and makes sure they're cited correctly.

Open Attribute

  • A suite of tools that makes it ridiculously simple for anyone to copy and paste the correct attribution for any CC licensed work.

Creative Commons MS Plugins

Publication Sites and Tools

  • Open Source LMS examples
    • Educational consultant Barry Sampson has compiled a list of open source Learning Management Systems (LMS) that teachers and institutions can use to support their educational needs, providing content authoring and repository options for OER.
  • Collaboration Sites
    • Sherry Terrell, Vice President of Educator Outreach for Parentella, has compiled a list of collaboration sites on her blog that educators and individuals can use to publish their content.

Recording Tools (This is a partial list.)

Personal tools