OER: Customising, Repurposing and Sharing

Using OER in the design of learning activities can be an effective and efficient strategy for extending your current unit designs. The following sections support you to do this successfully by answering:

  • How to use or repurpose OER
  • Sharing your own work appropriately (through open licensing)

Adapting and repurposing OER to suit your specific requirements can involve inserting and removing components, changing the order of learning activities, editing and remixing content (images, text, audio and video). In every case, the starting point needs to be the purpose of the adaptation.

The first step to repurposing an open resource is to identify what you would like to achieve through the adaptation or derivative work. Re-use or re-purposing of OER often requires editing for a specific context in order to:

  • address a particular teaching style or learning style
  • adapt for a different level of learning
  • adapt for a different discipline
  • adjust for a different learning environment
  • address diversity needs
  • address a cultural preference
  • support a specific pedagogical need
  • reflect a course, discipline or school approach

(adapted from OpenStax CNX)

From a course or unit design perspective, open education resources may promote the use and customisation of reusable learning designs.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning Curriculum page can assist you to critically evaluate resources from a repurposing point of view as well as design how the resource can be incorporated into your course or unit.