Create, Adopt and Share


As an educator, it’s quite likely that you’ve produced your own instructional materials, many times over in your career.  Some faculty create enough of their own instructional materials to significantly reduce the cost of their course, while others create a few key items to enhance or supplement other OER they have found.

Some examples of OER faculty have created:

  • Lecture videos
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Course readings
  • Worksheets and exercises
  • Essay prompts
  • Have other examples? Let us know:


Adopt OER in Your Course
Once you’ve created your OER, you need to find a way to disseminate those resources to your students. At SF State, most often that means adding the OER to your iLearn course. Academic Technology's Support Documents offer instructions on mutiple way to share resources on iLearn including how to add a file or URL. 

Share your success!
Once you adopt OER in your course, let us know! Faculty who reduce the cost of their course by 30% or more using OER will receive a letter and certificate for their RTP file. Email to share your success.


Most OER is created by educators like you. The best way to improve the breadth and quality of OER available is to add your materials to OER databases.

Step 1 Make Your Material Open: It’s up to you to make your material open. If you don’t specify, it will be considered All Rights Reserved. Use the Creative Commons License Chooser to decide which open license is right for you. 

Step 2 Add to Open Educational Resource Databases: Post material on Merlot the CSU’s curated collection of open educational materials by creating a free account and uploading your OER.


Still have questions or looking for support in finding, evaluating and adopting OER? Email