Welcome to Customizing and Integrating OER

Customizing and Integrating OER Course IconOER are offered in a wide variety of digital formats, and open licensing enables us to edit and share learning content without copyright restrictions.

When selecting OER, matching the content to learning objectives is clearly the priority. But not every OER will be in direct alignment with those objectives, and you may want to add to, or edit, that OER in some way. Remember, one of the most powerful aspects of open licensing is the ability to modify, or remix, content.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define OER editing platforms
  • Compare and contrast OER editing platforms
  • List the features of an editing platform
  • Categorize editing platform features as necessary, desirable, or optional
  • List technical options and protocols for integrating open content into learning management systems and other learning environments
  • Explain how these technical options and protocols work
  • Demonstrate the integration of OER content from an editing platform into a Learning Management System or other learning environment

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An Invitation: Contribute Your Annotations

This course is an OER about OER, and we want to take advantage of everything that entails. This includes inviting you to share your comments, questions, and suggestions throughout the course series in a meaningful way.

Hypothesis logoTo that end, we invite you to try out the web annotation tool Hypothesis. Creating an account with this free, non-profit service will allow you to leave public and private notes on any web page or PDF, including throughout this course.

Many faculty throughout SUNY are using web annotation tools like Hypothesis for their own scholarship, as well as for instructional purposes.

You’ll see prompts for Hypothesis commentary throughout this course series. In addition, we encourage you to add your notes any spot you’d like, whether there’s a prompt there or not.

Use of Hypothesis is completely optional, and based on your own preferences. Anyone is welcome to add annotations, whether you’re part of the SUNY network or visiting us from outside. Tag your annotations with #SUNYOERChat.

Help us continue to make this learning experience better!

Step 1

See what this page looks like with public Hypothesis comments turned on.

View Page with Annotations

Step 2

Create your own Hypothesis account and start adding your notes. To practice in this course series, use the Quick Start Guide for Students to leap in.

You may also want to look at the Quick Start Guide for Teachers if you’re considering putting it to use in your own classes. There is excellent guidance on implementing web annotation as a teaching practice in the article “10 Ways to Annotate with Students” by Jeremy Dean.


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