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Adapt OER

“The term, adaptation, is commonly used to describe the process of making changes to an existing work.”

Definition of "Adapt" by Lauri M. Aesoph in How to adapt an Open Textbook, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

One of the most appealing features of OER is the opportunity to customize content for local and individual course and learning goals. Why adapt an OER? Consider these possibilities:


Address a particular teaching style or learning style

Adjust for a different grade or course level

Address diversity needs

Meet a cultural, regional, or national preference

Make the material more accessible for people with disabilities

Add material contributed by students or material suggested by students

Translate the material into another language

Correct errors or inaccuracies

Update the book with current information

Add more media or links to other resources


- From "The 'How To's' of OER Commons" by ISKE, licensed under CC By 2.0.



Attribute OER

When adapting or creating OER, you’ll want to consider questions about licensing. Remember to properly attribute all content that you’ve adapted. According to CC best practices, proper attribution includes: TASL.






Explore our Creative Commons Licenses guide

Explore CC Best Practices for Attribution.

Explore CC License Compatibility and Remixing Guidelines.

Explore tools like the Open Attribution Builder

Recommended reading & references