There are three ways that an instructor can work with OER:
For questions about OER that faculty frequently ask, please visit FAQ (by Open Oregon Educational Resources)
Remarks (OER Organization and Community):
The evaluation and integration of the material into the course content is usually the duty of the faculty member. Other campus colleagues who are involved in the decision-making and delivery of instructional materials to students may also be able to support the adoption.
Steps to adopt an open textbook:
Guide for Adopting OER
When compared with other forms of copyrighted materials, what makes OER exclusively useful is the fact that modifications (adaptations) may be made to the original. Faculty can add to, adapt, or remove the OER content to fit their specific course without the need to seek permission from the copyright holder. This is applicable if the copyright holder has already authorized permission by releasing their work using the Creative Commons license.
Steps to modify an open textbook:
Guides for Adapting OER
While there are so many OERs already available, you might still consider creating your own resource materials. These can include new or updated content from your field of study, integrating and developing concepts into different formats such as lecture notes, slides, quizzes, etc. Creating an OER also opens the possibility for including student contributions as part of the procedure.
Steps to create OER:
Guides for Creating OER