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How to Create an OER

​If you're new to Open Educational Resources, unfamiliar with them, or just need a place to start, then this is the page for you. This page was developed to help those wanting to create an OER resource by providing step by step instructions on how to start. If you feel stuck or need a hand feel free to Contact Us, we are always happy to help! Good Luck! - Grossmont College OER Staff

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Step 1 - Plan and Set Aside Time
Creating o​r finding an Open Educational Resource is extremely time consuming, and that is why it is best to make a plan. Decide when you will be working on this project, if you will be working with anyone else, what kind of materials you will need, and what your goal is for your resource. You may want to adopt or alter a resource that has already been created instead of creating one from scratch. It is a research project so every bit counts!
Step 2 - See If There Are Materials Similar To Yours
Look around on different websites and across the web to see what other materials that have already been created are similar to the one you plan to create. Depending on the topic there is usually an online course, book, or other material that has already been created.
Step 3 - Understand Your Learning Objectives
Instead of looking for something to just replace your current material, think about what you would like your students to learn or understand. Considering this, you could try being more specific in your searches for materials. Ex. Instead of searching "Math" search "Algebra" or "Integrals". By doing research more on topics instead of subjects, you could create more of a custom course that you know your students will enjoy.
Step 4 - Continue The Search!
The more you search, the greater the chance is that you may find the exact material you are looking for. Also make sure that all the resources you choose are under a Creative Commons license or another form of open resource license. If a material is Copyrighted, it is not ideal to use it unless you get special permissions from those who created it.
Step 5 - Create the Material and Label it Creative Commons
After you are done finding/ putting together your material, don't forget to give your sources the appropriate credit and to label your source under a Creative Commons license. This is very important because then others can understand that your resource is open source as well and may be able to use it as well. If are a staff or faculty of Grossmont College and have created your own OER, we would like to include it on our OER List of Resources. Please contact us!
Step 6 - Give Yourself A Pat On The Back
It's a big deal to create or find an Open Educational Resource and by supporting OERs you are helping students of today and the future get an education for less. Good Job for following through!
Last Updated: 12/20/2016
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