Adopting an existing OER can be the easiest way to include open content in your teaching.This can be a small thing such as adopting an ancillary resource with an open licence or a larger action if the OER is a Textbook where you might need to change your unit content to reflect the new text and develop teaching materials such as slides.
Remember that when adopting an OER, at a minimum you need to attribute the original creators. Use the Attribution builder to create the attributions easily.
If you are unsure how you can use an OER with a particular licence, check with the Copyright team.
There are so many opportunities to adapt an OER to fit your teaching needs. The ability to adapt and revise OER is enabled by the flexibility of the licences on the original resources. Resources can be updated to include the latest research, be revised to include local case studies or a number of resources can be merged to create new resources.
Open licences enable the adaptation of OER to fit your teaching needs. This can include:
If the author has released their resource under a Creative Commons licence that allows for adaptation (which is any Creative Commons licence that does not have a No Derivative (ND) attribute added to it) then they expect that you will change the content, providing you give them the proper attribution.
OER come in all sizes and formats - and so do OER adaptation projects! OER vary from images or slides through to a complete textbook and you may like to start small with an adaptation project. This could mean adapting some OER slides or adding some questions to a open question bank. You might like to select a chapter from an open book and start there. OER may be broken up into modules or chapters - modular content can be easier to adapt. The options are endless but always remember to attribute the creators of the resource.
To understand the steps that may be involved in adapting an open textbook, have a look at Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know