Whether working alone or as a team, this module provides information and tools to aid faculty in authoring new and adapted OER for teaching and learning.

OER Design Tips

Consider this list of design tips to create sharable, reusable OER - and get help from the library along the way

  • Start with what’s there

Look to existing collections with quality resources such as eCampus Ontario’s  Open Textbook Library. Also consider materials that you've created, which may be available offline.

  • Make it accessible

​​​​​​​It's important to ensure that the resources you create are accessible to all learners. Note that it is more work to make existing OER accessible than it is to create an accessible OER from the start. Use the accessibility checklist to guide your work.

  • Make it adaptable

​​​​​​​The more modular your content is, the easier it is for future users to reuse it. If you’re working on an open textbook, separate your content by chapter and subchapter. If possible, provide a version of your resource in an editable format, such as .docx or Google Docs.

  • Make it open

​​​​​​​Select and clearly display the Creative Commons licence for your resource. If you integrate other materials into your resource, select those that are open. See the  Licensing Module in this toolkit for information on choosing an open licence, or contact your library for help.

  • Make it discoverable

​​​​​​​Work with library staff to determine the best platform for sharing the resource with others. Library staff can also advise you on adding appropriate descriptors that make your OER discoverable.

  • Invite critique

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Evaluate your resource using a rigorous rubric such as the Comprehensive OER Evaluation Rubric. Ask peers to review the resource using the evaluation rubric. OER development is an iterative process, so try to revisit your OER on a regular update cycle.

Self-Publishing Guide

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The BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide is a great reference tool for anyone interested in self-publishing an open textbook. It includes information on how to prepare for, plan, write, publish, and maintain an open textbook.

Creating Your Own OER

Why Create OER?

  • Assures you can customize content to your specifications
  • Extends your academic profile
  • Provides more relevant and engaging materials for students
  • Reduces costs for students


Text a derivative of  BCOER Poster, by  BCcampus, licensed under  CC BY 4.0

OER Authoring Guides

Accessibility Checklist

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requires that institutions provide all resources in an accessible format “on demand”. There are no specific guidelines for what is accessible — other than it must meet the need of the student requesting the accessible format. However, as educators, we a have ethical obligations to ensure that courses are fully accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities.

Unless carefully chosen with accessibility in mind, instructional resources can erect barriers that make learning difficult or impossible. Use the materials below to ensure that the resources you create are accessible to all learners.

Authoring and Hosting Tools


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