Open Resources/MERLOT

Platforms for Hosting and Creation

When you want to customize or author new OER content, you will want to make your resources available to the public. There are many ways to do so, including institutional, free, and paid platforms to help you create and host your content.

Institutional Platforms

Your institution may have a digital repository, which allows for hosting, discoverability through search engines, and the preservation of important and educational documents. Many USG institutions who have a digital repository are part of the Georgia Knowledge Repository, an interconnected network of USG digital repositories that are searchable from one central location. If you are not sure if your campus has a digital repository, contact your institution’s library.

Campus websites often offer a way to present and share documents with the public. While this is a good option in the short run, it has sustainability issues, since campus site redesigns may result in the deletion or unsuccessful migration of content.

Every campus has a subscription to LibGuides, a platform that librarians have been using for years to connect faculty and students with various library and web resources within a particular subject or topic. This platform is also well-suited to hosting smaller files and structuring an entire freely-accessible course.

Free Platforms

MERLOT Content Builder (Free account registration required. Once logged in, click “Create Materials.”)
MERLOT Content Builder offers a quick and easy way to deliver web-based open content, hosted through the CSU and MERLOT. Content Builder resources can easily be incorporated into MERLOT’s vast OER search engine in addition. File uploads: 10MB maximum

OER Commons OpenAuthor (Free account registration required.)
OER Commons OpenAuthor is a blog-like platform that allows for the creation of new open content, easily indexed to be searchable within the OER Commons search tool. File uploads are simple, and if you are familiar with blog sites such as Wordpress, you should have an easy time getting started.

Curriki
Curriki offers a way to publish materials for the public, and it includes options for expert reviews. While Curriki focuses on K-12 education, many higher education authors have used the site to publish educational resources.

WikiBooks (Free account registration required.)
WikiBooks is a wiki-based platform that allows for the creation of simple, accessible open web content in textbook form. Try out the platform in their Sandbox, or create a free account to get started.

OERPUB (Free GitHub account required.)
This experimental OER publishing platform uses GitHub to control different editions of an OER through “forking.” It’s in Alpha, so proceed at your own risk, but it’s a promising program.
Google Chrome required

OpenStax CNX (Free account registration required.)
OpenStax CNX was one of the first web-based OER publishing platforms, and it is currently being upgraded to a user-friendly system that will allow modifications to be made within your web browser.

Paid and For-Profit Platforms

Amazon CreateSpace
CreateSpace offers free publishing options, and it offers a low-cost method of ordering print-on-demand versions of open textbooks.

PressBooks
PressBooks is a WordPress-based platform. It’s free to create an account, but publishing your content does cost the author a fee. PressBooks makes publishing in multiple file formats very simple.

SoftChalk Cloud
SoftChalk is a desktop-based publishing platform, and the paid SoftChalk Cloud version allows the user to upload materials to be made available to the public through the SoftChalk Cloud Repository.