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OER@CMU: Open Educational Resources: Share

This guide is designed to help CMU faculty find, create, and incorporate open educational resources (OERs) for classes, text development, professional development, and more!

Best Practices in OER Sharing

If you have adopted or created open course materials, you will find many reasons to share (not to mention requests to share!). Sharing is what the open movement is all about: modifying, customizing, and sharing course materials is at the core of OER work. 

This section outlines some reasons for making your materials discoverable, as well as Best Practices for making your content as open and available as possible. 


Best Practice: Communicate with the bookstore

Even though you may not be using materials that students have to purchase, the bookstore is often the first place students look for course materials. If you are using open materials, respond to the "Book Order" emails that go out each term from the bookstore and work with them to create an appropriate materials listing. Employing these best practices will help!


Best Practice: Create a Resource List 

Having all of your open materials in one place is handy for sharing and for reporting your work within your institution. If you use a variety of open resources (articles, ebook chapters, videos, etc) in your class, create a document that collects all of the links. 


Best Practice: Hosting

You will need to have your OER hosted somewhere online for others to find it. At CMU, there are two institutional options:

  • OneDrive
  • An online D2L course shell 





Sharing with Students

If you have created an open text book using Pressbooks or another type of OER platform, it will need to be hosted someplace so that students can access it. Here are a few ideas on how to share with students:

  • communicate with the bookstore about your materials and work with them to create an appropriate listing on their website
  • link to your OER in your online (D2L) classroom or via email
  • download your OER and embed in your online (D2L) classroom
    • remember, all face to face classes at CMU have D2L shell for their courses. 
  • host externally on a class wiki or personal website

Sharing with Colleagues and Beyond

Here are some places you may share your OER adaptations, creations, and mashups! See the Best Practices section (to the left) for advice on hosting and Google Drive sharing settings.

Don't forget: You may need to fill out a form before licensing content that you created but CMU owns. For more information, see the Copyright tab of this guide. 


Here are some resources and examples of how to craft attribution statements: