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Add your particular expertise to the wider community. Create Open Educational Resources (on your own, or with others) with our publishing tools. Our authoring tools help you build OER, lesson plans, and courses—and then publish them, to the benefit of educators and learners everywhere. Learn more about creating on OER Commons and get started.

Open Author

Create media rich documents.

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For K-12

Lesson Builder

Create interactive lessons.

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For Higher-Ed

Module Builder

Create interactive modules.

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Why create OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost. Unlike traditional closed-copyright resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization who chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

Impact of OER

Research suggests that moving from traditional books to OER reduces costs and improves student outcomes.

Open Author

This tool makes it easy to combine text, pictures, sounds, files, and video, and save them as openly licensed educational resources — which can then be shared with friends, colleagues and educators from around the world. And with Open Author, it’s also a snap to organize, edit and publish resources that are tailored to you and your classroom.

You can print and download your resources as a PDF, as well as download all included media. No more struggles to find and consolidate various types of information and resources. No more visits to multiple pages or screens to build the resources you need.

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Open Author Features:

  • Import Google Docs

    Create a new resource simply by uploading a Google Doc from your Drive to Open Author.

  • Customizable

    Open content can be customized to fit Common Core alignment, state-specific requirements, and particular classroom and learner needs.

  • Remixable OER

    Remixing is the art of adapting, reorganizing, and remaking existing resources to create something new.

Lesson Builder (For K-12)

The Lesson Builder allows authors to create both student and teacher facing content views. Authors are encouraged to include overviews, pedagogical supporting text, and instructions for both students and other users of the resource. The Lesson consists of sequenced tasks, which can incorporate a step-by-step approach to learning. Each task can have associated resources available for download.

Lesson Builder Features:

  • Sequenced Tasks & Steps

    Reduce student confusion with discrete steps and tasks that make it clear to students what they should work on when.

  • Remix and Customize

    Lessons can be remixed and reordered easily to meet the needs of your students.

  • Robust Editing Tools

    Each field includes a robust set of editing tools, allowing users to create tables, add links, and format their resource.

Module Builder (For Higher-Ed)

The Module Builder allows authors to create both student and instructor facing content views. Authors are encouraged to include overviews, pedagogical supporting text, and instructions for both students and other users of the resource. The Module can consist of sequenced tasks, which can incorporate a step-by-step approach to learning. Each task can have associated resources available for download.

Module Builder Features:

  • Level-Specific Descriptive Info

    To support the discoverability of your resource, the Module Describe experience emphasizes higher education subjects and content.

  • Remix and Customize

    Modules can be remixed and reordered easily to meet the needs of your students.

  • Robust Editing Tools

    Each field includes a robust set of editing tools, allowing users to create tables, add links, and format their resource.