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Create & publish OER

Creating and adapting OER

  Watch Creating Open Educational Resources: Tips for New Creators (5 min 17 sec) to discover five tips for instructors creating an OER for the first time. 

See the resources below for more help on creating, adapting, sharing and publishing OER.

Creation guides

The following guides can help you get started with the process of creating an OER, with tips on how and where to publish an OER.

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Creation tools

Use these tools to compile and create, and share your OER.

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  • PreTeXt (formerly MathBook XML):
    An uncomplicated XML vocabulary for authors of research articles, textbooks, and monographs
  • 20 Million Minds Mix:
    Allows faculty to create high grade custom textbooks in both digital and print formats
  • Pressbooks:
    Easy-to-use book writing software that lets you create a book in all the formats you need to publish. Includes free and priced options
  • PubPub:
     A collaborative writing and publishing platform from MIT's Knowledge Futures group. Includes free and priced options

Accessibility and inclusion

When you are creating your OER it is important to think about accessibility and ensuring people of all abilities can use your publication.

The following resources will help you create an accessible OER:

Create interative content

 H5P makes it easy to create, share and reuse interactive HTML5 content in a range of formats including:

  • interactive videos
  • course presentations
  • interactive images
  • quizzes
  • dialogue cards
  • timelines
  • and more

Create a free account to get started. A H5P OER HUB is coming soon.

H5P @ UniSA

There is a H5P plugin for Moodle which enables you to embed content directly into your course pages. For help with using H5P at UniSA see here

Create and edit videos, audio, and images

Create, store and host videos

Create and store images

Create and edit audio

Do I need to attribute OER?

You should acknowledge all third-party material you use, even if it is openly licensed. 

Often sources will provide a suggested attribution you can use. If not, the links below contain all the information you need.


  Watch Creating OER and Combining Licenses (9 min 16 sec) to learn how to choose compatible resources and a valid licence for your work.

Use the Creative Commons ‘Choose a License’ tool to find and apply the right license for your work. This tool helps you find the best license to suit how you would like your work to be used by others. 

Learn more about Creative Commons Licences

More help


For more publishing tips check out our Publishing guide.

If you are interested in publishing or adapting an open textbook, check out the UniSA OER Publishing Pilot tab in this guide.

Finding resources

For information on how to find content to adapt or resources to include in your OER see the Find OER page of this guide. This includes video, image and audio resources.

Help @ UniSA

Professional development and support for teaching practices and curriculum is available from the Teaching Innovation Unit (TIU). Support includes:

Contact the TIU for more information.