Find: Search and find OERs, including an existing open textbook or an individual resource. Locate OERs using search engines, repositories and individual websites.
Adopt: adopt an existing OER as-is, without making any changes, or
Adapt: adapt the resource to make it more useful to a particular situation. For example: adding contextual information specifically for the Canadian context etc. Or take two or more OER materials and remix them to form a new OER.
Create:create your own open textbook or individual OER
License: License the work using an open content licenses such as Creative Commons to enable re-use by others
Publish and distribute: publish the OER once it is finished and make it available to others to begin the life cycle again
Re-Use: the actual use of the new OER for your own teaching purposes.