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Open Educational Resources

Using OERs

Open Educational Resources

Using OERs

Image Source: "The 5 Rs of OER" is a derivative of the 5 R Permissions of OER by Lumen Learning, licensed under CC BY 4.0

David Wiley's Five Rs.

Open Education Resources can be retained, reused, revised, remixed, or redistributed.

Creative Commons Licences comprise symbols:

There are six main licence types :

Creative Commons licence types

When considering materials for use, check the usage rights to learn what you are free to do, and limits to usage.

For example:  Scroll down the screen for Beyond the Limits to Growth to 
This title could not be used in a MOOC, as it has a  non-commercial use or CC-BY-NC licence, and MOOCs have commercial elements.


Choose two works you wish to combine or remix. Find the license of the first work on the first row and the license on the first column.

You can combine the works if there is a check mark in the cell where the row and column intersect.

Use at least the most restrictive licensing of the two (use the license most to right or down state) for the new work.

If there a cross at the intersection of the row and column then you can not just these works.

This probably indicates that one of the two licenses may not used for commercial purposes, or one of the licenses does not allow for derivative works to be created

Once you have found an OER, and are happy for it to be used by your students (as is), add the details and link to a My Unit Readings form to have it added to your reading list.



Faculty Select

When  select an OER using Faculty Select, simply click on the button to Request a course friendly link.

Complete the form to automatically send a notification to the My Unit Readings team to add the title to your My Unit Readings list.

Within the bounds of Creative Commons licensing there are 5 key points to consider when using OERs:

Image by BCOER Librarians from BCcampus (CC 4.0)

Instructions for adapting an OER:

OER repositories with built-in authoring tools to help adapt OERs:

Tools used to adapt and then publish an OER depend on the platform or format in which the OER is available.

Original Format
Editing Tools (web-based)  
Editing Tools (Desktop)
Word or Open Office     Google Docs, PressBooks    Microsoft Word, OpenOffice
ePub PressBooks Sigil, Calibre
Text Google docs, PressBooks Word, OpenOffice
LaTex ScribeTex TeXworks, Texmaker
HTML Google Docs, PressBooks, Media Wiki Dreamweaver, MS Expression Web
OpenStax College Connexions n/a

Information on authoring an OER is available from:

Apply a Creative Commons license for the re-distribution of your OER.

Consider how you would be comfortable with your OER being reused -  what permissions will you give others  to share and use your creative work.

Murdoch University Library recommends OER Commons to upload and store your OER.

Authors can directly upload material, and assign it to the Murdoch University Group.

Australian Tertiary OER Repository

To collate and curate Australian-generated and centric Open Education Resources for use in tertiary education.

"Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials, including textbooks, courses, lesson plans, and multimedia resources, that are freely available for use, remixing, and sharing." - SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).