Ok so, you’ve identified some good open sources and have decided to remix/reuse existing OER and perhaps add your own original content to make a new work. Or maybe you’ve decided that you have it in you to write a textbook from scratch. Here’s some strategies to get started.
- Contact a Steering Committee member, let’s talk over your plan.
- Make a plan. 🙂
- Read the Using OER page.
- Get to know the licenses before you start working. You’ll need to know the permissions of the works you are using and/or know which license to apply to your new work.
- Decide where you want your new work to reside. You can author and distribute your work in the COD Digital Press or you can choose other places to share, like google docs, or just have it live in BlackBoard. This latter option is not OPEN so consider this carefully.
- Think about applying for a support grant so you can complete your OER and get it into students’ hands as quickly as possible. You do NOT have to commit yourself to doing a grant project to work on OER. You will get the same level of help and support if you just want to work at your own pace.
Guides for Adaptation and Creating Original Works
Adaptation Guide. BC Campus, 2019.
Rebus Guide to Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far), 2019.
Pressbooks User Guide. Pressbooks, 2020.
Modifying an Open Textbook: What you need to know. Pressbooks, 2019