One of the benefits of using openly licensed materials is that you are free to adapt them to fit your needs. Adapting an open textbook allows educators to customize existing OER to match their teaching style and better support the needs of their learners. Adapting an existing resource can also help grow and sustain a culture of open education by keeping information current, contextualizing content, and enhancing content with new supplementary or multimedia material.
Adapting OER may take time and energy depending on the level of adaptation that is required. Some reasons you may choose to adapt include:
Once you have found your Open material you will need to determine if the license allows for adaptations. (See Open Licenses).
From there you will need to determine how extensive the adaptation will be to establish a realistic plan and timeline.
Ways to Adapt
There are a few different ways you can adapt open resources.
When adapting OER, you also have the option to publish them in a variety of formats. For example, you could take a single chapter from an open textbook and share it as a word document or pdf for your students to review. You can also adapt photos, graphs, images, videos, PowerPoints or any other format that can be re-shared.
The previous information was adapted using content from Queen’s University Library