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Create Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open educational resources (OER) can be anything from textbooks, syllabi, lecture notes, presentation slides, videos, podcasts, modules, and more. Any material used for instruction within a classroom is an educational resource, and any type of educational resource can be open as long as it fits the criteria.

The process of creating an open educational resource is:

  1. Choose your tools
  2. Create the content
  3. Choose and apply an open license
  4. Publish your resource on an open platform

Creating OER Toolkit

BCIT Library can offer advice and support for your OER project. Email Ian Linkletter ( or contact Open BCIT.

Adapting a resource

If you don’t have the time or energy to create your own open educational resource (OER), consider adapting an already-existing resource! OER are, by design, created with licenses that allow for other people to modify the resource to meet their own needs. There are many reasons to adapt, including:

  • Adding more content (for example, adding exercises, problem sets, material contributed by students, links to other resources)
  • Editing the content (for example, correcting errors or inaccuracies, updating with current information)
  • Modifying the content (for example, adjusting for a specific course, framing with a Canadian context, translating into another language)
  • Improving accessibility, learning, and inclusivity (for example, addressing diversity needs, adding alt text to images, addressing a particular teaching or learning style)

Steps for adaptation

  1. Find a potential resource to adapt
  2. Check the license for permissions and restrictions
  3. Check the file format (needs to be editable)
  4. Choose your tools
  5. Adapt the resource
  6. Choose a new license (make sure it’s compatible with the original license)
  7. Attribute the original source
  8. Upload the new resource where it can be openly accessed (for example, in BCIT’s OER Collection)

– Adapted from the Open Textbook Adaption Toolkit by Open UBC CC-BY- SA 4.0 License

BCcampus Adaption Guide