Welcome to Creating, Licensing, and Publishing OER

Creating, Licensing and Publishing OER Course IconWhile no one wants to reinvent the wheel, sometimes there is no available or acceptable OER for a given topic. In this case, you may need to create your own open educational materials.

In this course, you will learn what you need to know and consider before creating a new OER from scratch. You will learn about the licenses you can apply to your work in order to protect the rights you want to keep, and share the rights you want to share. You will also learn how to publish your work as OER and make it available, findable, and accessible to others.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between various open licenses
  • Determine the appropriate open license for your needs
  • Create and license OER to meet your specific needs
  • Create and license OER that are flexible enough to be useful for others
  • Analyze open repositories and collections to determine the best venue for publishing OER
  • Apply appropriate practices and procedures to publishing OER



An Invitation: Contribute Your Annotations

This course is an OER about OER, and we want to take advantage of everything that entails. This includes inviting you to share your comments, questions, and suggestions throughout the course series in a meaningful way.

Hypothesis logoTo that end, we invite you to try out the web annotation tool Hypothesis. Creating an account with this free, non-profit service will allow you to leave public and private notes on any web page or PDF, including throughout this course.

Many faculty throughout SUNY are using web annotation tools like Hypothesis for their own scholarship, as well as for instructional purposes.

You’ll see prompts for Hypothesis commentary throughout this course series. In addition, we encourage you to add your notes any spot you’d like, whether there’s a prompt there or not.

Use of Hypothesis is completely optional, and based on your own preferences. Anyone is welcome to add annotations, whether you’re part of the SUNY network or visiting us from outside. Tag your annotations with #SUNYOERChat.

Help us continue to make this learning experience better!

Step 1

See what this page looks like with public Hypothesis comments turned on.

View Page with Annotations

Step 2

Create your own Hypothesis account and start adding your notes. To practice in this course series, use the Quick Start Guide for Students to leap in.

You may also want to look at the Quick Start Guide for Teachers if you’re considering putting it to use in your own classes. There is excellent guidance on implementing web annotation as a teaching practice in the article “10 Ways to Annotate with Students” by Jeremy Dean.

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