Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning materials (lectures, reading lists, syllabi, instructional modules, and simulations are just a few examples) that have been assigned an open license by their creator. Since they are openly licensed, these resources become freely available, for use, remixing, and redistribution to instructors, students, and self-learners worldwide. The content below (which has been adapted from Open.Michigan) provides an overview of the process for creating your own OER. For more detailed instructions, refer to one of our instructional guides in the right navigation.
The first step in creating open content is stating to others how you them to use the content. This may seem complex, it's not. With Creative Commons licences, this process is remarkably easy. During this step, you should also seek consent from any patients or students who may be recorded or otherwise documented in your OER.
To build open content, you must use open content. Fortunately, there are a number of websites and repositories that you can browse to discover openly-licensed images, clip art, video, learning modules, music, and other relevant materials. There are many open content sites out there. Some good starting places are the Find OER page, the OER Africa list of global OER repositories.
Academics know that attribution is essential. Learn how to correctly and efficiently attribute open content and other materials you might use to assemble your educational materials and projects. View the guide on how to cite Creative Commons. The Open Attribute tool can help you simplify the process.
Once you have created your OER, share it with content sharing sites that enable you to publish, promote, and collaborate with others. Contact us to help you publish and promote your content through the African Health OER Network website. You can also have your content peer-reviewed through MedEdPORTAL or MERLOT.