Mini OER Learning Snacks Nr. 8 – How can I publish my OER?

Hello and welcome to the eighth issue of “Mini OER Learning Snacks”!

This week, we will talk about publishing your OER. Whether you are planning to publish your work in the analogue or digital world, there are certain things to consider:

  • Licence: Is the licence of your work clear? In the sense that it is correctly licenced and that the licence is clearly stated? If possible, add a relevant hyperlink to your work to the licence notice so that people can quote or share your work more easily.
  • Accessibility: Have you considered the accessibility aspect of your OER, e.g. is your OER compatible with screen readers, or if it’s a video, are there subtitles?
  • Interoperability: Is your work in a format that is most editable for its type, e.g. can others reuse or remix your work without extensive prior experience?

Now that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at platforms where you could publish your OER. Of course, it is possible to publish your work in an analogue format, such as a book, a poster, a DVD etc. However, for the ease of sharing, it’s recommended to include a digital pendant to your work which others can share, download and modify. In the case of a book, it could be a digital version on the author’s website. 

In the digital world, there are different platforms where you can publish your OER.

  • For special formats: Flickr, Youtube (be sure to specify the CC BY licence instead of Standard Youtube Licence), Wikimedia Commons, Slideshare, Internet Archive.
  • For specific topics, you can publish your OER in the dedicated portals, forums or communities, in our case, that would be culture-focused platforms.
  • Of course, you can always publish on your own platforms, be it a website, a blog or even social media.

Our prompt this week: Do you prefer an online magazine or a physical booklet as format? For the Book Sprint after the Summer School, how and where do you think your OER could be published?

Our series “Mini OER Learning Snacks” is coming to an end. Are there topics that you would like us to cover? Do you have any questions about finding, creating and publishing OER? Please feel free to let us know anytime!

An archive of the Mini OER Learning Snacks can be found here on our blog.

Best regards,
Phuong & Nele