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 in 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.
Smartphones come with a camera that is perfectly adequate for most picture taking purposes. You'll only need something fancier if you want to take pictures at the telescopic or microscopic scale.
You'll need an image editor application to crop, apply filters, add arrows and text, and otherwise edit your photographs. You can also create images from scratch in your image editor.
Here are some free image editors available on the web:
It's ok to keep copies of your OER in your course, but that should not be the only place. Learning Management Systems like Moodle don't allow public access and aren't set up for organization and searching that way.
You may need to provide access in three ways:
Hosted by your institution
Saint Mary's College has an Institutional Repository, SMC Digital Commons. OERs may be housed, uploaded and accessed through this platform.
Hosted in the cloud
If your institution doesn't provide a streaming server and storage space, you can host your multimedia files in the cloud. The "cloud" means storing and processing data on networked facilities (computers somewhere on the Internet) rather than locally on your own computer.
Currently, the best free option for hosting images in the cloud is:
Here are several free options for hosting audio in the cloud:
iTunes isn't listed here because it is only a directory service for podcasts; it doesn't host them. See iTunes: "making a podcast" for more information on RSS feeds (the way the ITunes store generates podcast listings.)
Here are some free options for hosting video in the cloud:
Hosting other kinds of OERs in the cloud
OER platforms aggregators such as OER Commons and MERLOT have free content builders for the creation of lessons, courses, and other types of OERs to facilitate discovery by other educators. Other options are Open Textbook Library and Pressbooks.
The creator of any original creative work, including educational resources, holds copyright to the tangible form of the work as a default.
To enable others to use OERs, the creator of an educational resource should license their work properly, either designated as Public Domain or licensed under Creative Commons license.
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