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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Information about using open educational resources (OER) at Red Deer Polytechnic.


When you author an OER, you contribute your knowledge freely and openly to a global community. Community members can use and change the OER, often without your knowledge.

You should be willing to share editable files to allow others to make changes, and you should consider maintaining your OER by updating the content as necessary and correcting any mistakes.

Remember, OER doesn't have to be a textbook! Open Educational Resources can include lesson plans, activities, quizzes, videos, lecture recordings, course notes, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports learning and education.

Adapted from Self-Publishing Guide by Lauri M. Aesoph (CC BY 4.0)

OER Creation Workflow

This Creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) workflow diagram guides you through the major steps in the creation of OER as part of curriculum renewal or scholarly projects. 

Key questions are asked at various points to help you manage your own progress towards creating OER. 
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Creation of Open  Educational Resources (OER) workflow diagram

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Tips for Creating OER

Further Resources