This page outlines a simple 6 step process to adapting an existing openly licensed educational resource (e.g. an existing open textbook or Open Education Resource - "OER") to your own teaching and learning needs.
Consider any modifications you may need to make to the content to ensure it is appropriate for your own course learning outcomes, assessment approaches as well as your teaching style. For example, you may wish to add, delete, re-order or re-mix the existing content.
Common ways in which an existing openly licensed resource may be modified include the following:
As you find existing openly licensed content which you would like to adapt to integrate into your own course, consider the following review criteria:
Before adapting an existing OER, it is helpful to plan what and how you wish to adapt the resource as appropriate to the learning outcomes and needs of you own course. This will also help structure the timeline for adaptations as well as helping you to anticipate any other supports you might need, such as technical expertise etc.
Before you begin your adaptations consider:
References and citation style:
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Apply a Creative Commons license to re-distribute your OER. These copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way for you to give others permission to share and use your creative work— on conditions of your choice.
Once you have adapted your version of the OER, you will need a place to put your learning resource (e.g individual learning object or complete open textbook) where your students can access it. Here are a few of the options available to you at Queen's: