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OER - Open Educational Resources for Faculty

Modifying an Open Textbook: What you Need to Know

OER (Open Education Resources permits others to:


 ... While retaining the creator's copyright, at the same time.  "5Rs" by Ellen September is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Modifying an Open Textbook: What you Need to Know  This is a five-step guide for faculty, and those who support faculty, who want to modify an open textbook. Step-by-step instructions for importing and editing common open textbook file and platform types are included.

Publishing and Sharing Reused or Remixed OER

ADAPTING Textbooks

The term “adaptation” is commonly used to describe the process of making changes to an existing work. Though we can also replace “adapt” with revise, modify, alter, customize, or other synonym that describes the act of making a change. The example below refers to adapting an open textbook but any OER (assignments, videos, lecture notes, diagrams, etc) can be adapted.

In addition to cost savings to students, one of the biggest advantages of choosing an open textbook is it gives faculty the legal right to add to, adapt, or delete the content of the textbook to fit their specific course without obtaining permission from the copyright holder. This is possible because the copyright holder has already granted permission by releasing their work using an open — or Creative Commons — license. This type of license gives users permission to use and reuse, share, copy, retain and modify the textbook without consulting the author.

Source: Faculty OER Toolkit by Shannon Moist is used under a CC BY 4.0 license.  To learn more, download this book for free at