OER Authoring Toolset


ISKME's OER Commons Team has designed these OER Academy modules to support and advance your open educational practice. Our comprehensive OER toolset and immersive professional learning program will assist educators in enhancing their capacities to use, evaluate, curate, and create OER. 

This is the first module in our OER Academy series that will provide participants with an exploration of OER authoring tools. We have designed these modules to first spark the learner's interest in the topics covered and then dig deeper into the content through presentations, storytelling, and demonstrations of the tools. We will offer opportunities for learners to practice exploring the resources and tools, and reflect on how they might use them in their work. 

OER Academy Outline:

Introduction to OER  (3 modules)

- Module 1 - Overview of the what, why, and how of OER; including an exploration in open licensing and a showcase of OER use cases from around the world

- Module 2 - Content Discovery: identify teaching and learning goals, search and browse collections

- Module 3 - Curation and Collaboration of OER with groups, shared folders and discussions

Quality Evaluation (2 modules)

- Module 1 - Quality: participants reflect and share their quality criteria for teaching and learning materials they use

- Module 2 - Tools for Evaluating: explore digital tools for assessing OER (Achieve Rubric, Rating, Comments)

Authoring and Remixing (3 modules)

- Module 1 - Authoring Toolset: demonstration of Open Author and Module Builders

- Module 2 - OER Design: discover instructional design supports, including templates

- Module 3 - OER Remix: overview of the what, why, and how of remixing OER

Open Education Practice for Curriculum Improvement (1 module)

- Deep dive into the feedback, refinement, reflection, and revision process

Leadership and Advocacy (1 module)

- Exploration and planning of ways to lead and advocate for OER


To participate in group discussions during the REFLECT sections you will need to create a login and join the Group. Please see instructions below

CREATE A PROFILE on OER Commons to be able to contribute to the discussions in our group, and to save, organize, remix, and author resources. Share some information about yourself and upload a photo or image here: https://www.oercommons.org/profile/edit

JOIN OUR GROUP Once you've logged in successfully, join the Introduction to OER Group by clicking "Join This Group"

Sharing is Caring

When you share your expertise by authoring OER, you are contributing useful resources to our community and strengthening your individual teaching portfolio. It is exciting to put your resources out there to see how others are using and remixing them to meet their teaching and learning needs. 

When you first start authoring and sharing OER, different emotions may arise. You may feel a bit nervous to share your resources because they aren't quite ready. You may feel resistant to share your resources that you have worked so hard to create. All of these emotions are valid and during this series we will offer supports and tools to help you navigate your way to successful authoring.

Sharing is Caring-


REFLECT: Are you currently authoring and sharing resources within your community? If so, what inspired you to want to author and share your resources? What emotions come up for you when you think about sharing your expertise on OER Commons? Reply here

*Reminder: you will need to be logged in and join the Group to reply to the discussion.

Tools to Support Authoring

OER Commons has authoring tools that help you build OER, lesson plans, and courses — and then publish them, to the benefit of educators and learners everywhere. More information on our authoring is available here: https://www.oercommons.org/authoring-overview

WATCH this demonstration on how to begin authoring


How to Use Open Author on OER Commons

REFLECT: Now that you have an understanding of how to get started authoring, what are some potential themes and content areas that you are interested in designing and sharing on OER Commons? Reply Here to share a few of your ideas.

Next Modules

Our next module will focus on OER Design and will be an opportunity to explore instructional design supports, like templates that can be used to guide authoring.

Our third module will be an introduction to the what, why, and how of OER Remixing, highlighting examples of ways educators have remixed OER.

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