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Open Education

This is a guide on how to find, create, and share Open Educational Resources (OER).

While there are several ways to share your Open Educational Resources once you have created and licensed them, posting them to an Open Educational Resource Repository is a great way to increase the accessibility and audience for your materials. Many repositories will also archive your materials to ensure they are available long-term.

Repositories that Allow Sharing/Uploading

There are several repositories that allow you to upload existing materials or to create content on their platforms to share.

When making decisions about sharing your open educational resource, you need to first have a sense of purpose and intent for sharing. Are you sharing your resource because you want your students to have easy access to the item, are you sharing it for archival purposes, or to share with your network of educators? Answering these questions will help you make a decision as to where you will share your resource and the type of functionality you need for the place you are sharing.

To share your OER, you will need to: 

  1. Develop standard metadata
  2. Select a repository/ies to share 
  3. Develop a marketing plan 

The following resources and templates will assist you in developing your sharing plan and workflow.

A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique identifier associated with an electronic object and contains metadata that makes the object significantly easier to find and track how it has been cited. For more information on DOIs, please visit the Get DOIs Research Guide.  

UBC Library has the capability to assign/mint DOIs for open educational resources created by individuals affiliated with UBC.  There are two options to acquire a DOI from UBC Library - depositing the object into the cIRcle, UBC's institutional repository, or a manual process completed by the OER librarian on your campus.  

For more information and questions about your options,  contact Erin Fields (UBC Vancouver) or Donna Langille (UBC Okanagan).