How to Use the OpenStax Community Hub

How to Use the OpenStax Community Hub:

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the OpenStax Community Hub on OER Commons! Many professors are already using educational materials that they’ve created around OpenStax’s openly licensed books, so we created this Community Hub for the community to share those resources and inspire others to create their own!


The OpenStax Community Hub on OER Commons is designed to support undergraduate and Advanced Placement® teaching and learning by collecting community generated resources related to OpenStax textbooks.  

There is no limit to the type and variety of resources that may be submitted to the hub; however, each resource should include a clearly demonstrated purpose for its use in an educational setting.

Creating Your Resource

Step 1: Create an account on OERCommons. You must register before you can share resources.

Step 2: Submit a Resource

Note: The “Suggest a Resource” option is for recommending someone else's resource. 

Step 3: Write or attach your resource. PowerPoints, videos, and other files can easily be attached to OpenAuthor documents.

Step 4: Describe your resource

Step 5: Submit your resource to the Hub

Uploading Resources Using Open Author

This OER Commons tool makes it easy to combine text, pictures, sounds, files, and videos, and save them as openly licensed educational resources — which can then be shared with friends, colleagues and educators from around the world. You can print and download your resources as a PDF, as well as download all included media.

To upload a slideshow, PDF, or other preexisting document, we suggest that you click “Create a Resource” on the group page and attach the file to that new resource. The more content added directly to the Open Author resource, the more flexibility other members of the community will have when it comes to remixing and sharing back their changes to the community.

Describing Your Resource

It’s important to describe your resource so that other instructors and students can easily find them. Once you have created or uploaded your resource, help instructors and students better use it by describing who it’s designed for, how to use the resource in the classroom, the learning goals and objectives that your resource is addressing, and the educational and professional development standards your resource is aligned to. The “Abstract” section is a great place to provide this context, but you can also weave it into the document itself. Once you’ve created your resource, use the drop down menus to choose the relevant Subject, Material Type, Level, and Language.

Copyright and Permissions

Licensing Your Resource

Creative Commons: Creative Commons is an excellent tool which allows creators of content to choose the terms under which they share their material. All Creative Commons Licenses are accepted at OER Commons. Learn more at

Unacceptable Content

Restrictive Copyright: Copyright gives creators a bundle of exclusive rights over their creative works, which generally include, at a minimum, the right to reproduce, distribute, display, and make adaptations. The phrase "All Rights Reserved" is often used by owners to indicate that they reserve all of the rights granted to them under the law. We cannot accept these materials. Learn more at

Commercial Material: We generally do not accept material that requires payment or is a “free sample” of paid material.

Material requiring login: We generally do not accept material requiring user registration and login.

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