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OER Service

Tools to Create/Remix OERs

Free Tools

  • Mathbook XML

    MERLOT’s Content Builder

    Access templates for creating tailored websites with a variety of designs, including e-portfolio structures, lesson plans, online courses, and others.
  • OER Commons: OpenAuthor
    Bring in and adapt your own resources, as well as resources from its affiliated OER Commons library, to create new or remixed OER.
  • OpenStax Hub
    Adapt, remix, and localize OpenStax textbooks.
  • OpenStax Tech Scout
    Tool that will help you find ed tech products that partner with OpenStax. Includes several filters as well as product cost.
  • Rebus Open Textbook Community
    Develop open textbooks with a collaborative community of creators and authors.
  • WikiBooks
    Access wiki-based adaptable open textbooks and create new wiki textbooks.
  • TED-Ed Content Builder Tool

Paid Tools

  • LibGuides
  • PressBooks
  • SoftChalk Cloud

You can create text OERs in the word processing application of your choice. LibreOffice (below) is a suite that includes a word processing application and a PDF editor

You can save your OER inin any document format that doesn't require proprietary software to edit. PDFs are generally ideal for text OER.

You can also create a document in odt format (the open format version of .doc or .docx, which is proprietary to Microsoft) or create an HTML web page.

InkScape

Open Source application that creates and edits PDFs and also is a vector drawing and graphics tool. A better option for PDF editing if your document is image-heavy.

LibreOCR

A LibreOffice extension that enables optical character recognition to turn unreadable PDFs into readable ones. This makes them accessible, and is also important because it allows searching.

LibreOffic

An Open Source office suite comparable to Microsoft Office. Document editing, spreadsheets, charts, presentations, small databases, images/PDFs, a mathematical formula editor, etc.

LibreOffice Draw

Open Source application that creates and edits PDF documents.

H2O from Harvard Law

Create custom playlists of course readings and other material.

OER Commons Module Builder

The Module Builder allows authors to create both student and instructor facing content views. Authors are encouraged to include overviews, pedagogical supporting text, and instructions.

20 Million Minds Mix

Allows faculty to create high grade custom textbooks in both digital and print formats.

OERca

Open source software from the University of Michigan designed to help instructors compile and create course materials.

Open Textbook Library

Open Textbook Network allows for modifying of their open textbooks using the Pressbooks platform.

Open Attribution Builder

A citation tool for open content.

  • H2O from Harvard Law
    Create custom playlists of course readings and other material.
  • OER Commons Module Builder
  • 20 Million Minds Mix
    Allows faculty to create high grade custom textbooks in both digital and print formats.
  • OERca
  • Open Textbook Library
    Open Textbook Network allows for modifying of their open textbooks using the Pressbooks platform.
  • Open Attribution Builder
    A citation tool for open content.