Adapting OER means making changes to already existing open content (Revise and Remix). It can be as basic as editing the content so as to customize it to your needs (Revise) or finding other OER content that you can combine and integrate with the original OER content (Remix).
Adapting is really where the strength and beauty of OER comes into play because it allows you to tailor content to the specific needs of your course. The flexibility of revising and remixing OER will also provide an easy way for course content to remain up to date or be modified whenever faculty decide to make changes to their course objectives.
Set aside some time to search and review the OER material. Begin by thinking about the learning objectives for your course. Instead of focusing on the textbook or course material you want to replace, focus on what you would like students to learn.
It is important to determine what Creative Commons license the content is published under since this will tell you what permissions you have and how to attribute the adapted version if you decide to redistribute it for others to also use and adapt. Creative Commons is a wonderful thing but it can be confusing at first. Use the Creative Commons tab on this guide to get started. If you still have questions then contact Carleen Huxley at firstname.lastname@example.org or x2402.
Use this OER Mapping Template to help you keep track of your open content resources and how you plan to integrate them into your course.
Your final step when adapting OER is to apply a Creative Commons license to your adapted version. When you adapt open content you are usually combining a variety of Creative Commons licenses. In order to appropriately apply a new license to your adapted version, you will need to understand which Creative Commons licenses are compatible with each other. You can find a better explanation of how to combine licenses, along with a compatibility chart at the following link: