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Share OER

Once a resource has been developed and an open licence has been selected, the resource will need to be stored in an online repository in order for others to access it. There are various options with regard to where these resources might reside:

  1.  Use the institutional repository: Many organizations, and especially universities, are setting up their own collections and making them available online as OER or OCW. If the writer or developer works for such an institution, the expectation will be that OER developed under the auspices of that institution should reside within their repository. Seek guidance from the repository administrator.
  2.  Select an open repository: Various repositories welcome contributions from multiple locations.
  • JORUM, for example, welcomes submissions that support the British curriculum at further and higher education levels.
  • OER Commons has a facility to allow users to contribute materials.
  • Tessa Africa allows users to share, adapt and add thier resources for teacher education.

Generally, open repositories require the person submitting the resource to register and log in before uploading the resource. They will also require information about the resource to allow it to be catalogued and tagged. This is necessary in order to allow search facilities to find it. The submitted resource will be vetted by a review team to ensure quality before being added to the repository’s database.

  1. More faculty and researchers are discovering the advantages of open publishing for their scholarly articles, books, and other research related materials.
    • The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides open access to full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. Covering all subjects and languages, DOAJ provides access to over 300,000 articles from 4000 journals. An informative guide on how to use Deep Blue and Creative Commons to disseminate academic products to the general public is also available here.
  2. Build the OER online: It is also possible to build a resource online. A few sites encourage development of OER within their online environments. They can then automate processes such as acquiring a Creative Commons licence and adding the resource to the database. 
  • Connexions, which allows teams to develop modules of learning on their site. Users open an account, develop the materials online, and then publish them once they are satisfied.
  • WikiEducator, uses a similar method to allow educators to develop teaching materials collaboratively online.
  1. Exploit social networks. The world of social networking has also opened new possibilities for publishing OER online.
  • A site such as Flickr and CC Content Directory and allows its users to publish photographic materials with Creative Commons licenses
  • YouTube and Blip.tv allows the same for digital video materials. Networks like Twitter and Facebook can be used to spread awareness of the materials posted on the Internet by sharing the links.
  • SlideShare is an easy-to-use website for posting your openly-licensed presentations and lecturesand
  • Scribd is an online platform for publishing a wide variety of documents, including school papers, poems, presentations, academic research articles, and more. Users interact with Scribd much like YouTube, but they browse for texts instead of videos.