Once a resource has been developed and an open licence has been selected (see the [Creative Commons (https://creativecommons.org/choose/) website for more information), the resource will need to be stored in an online repository in order for others to access it.
There are various options with regard to where these resources might reside:
Use an institutional repository
Many organizations (including and especially universities) are setting up their own collections and making them available online as OER or OCW (see, for example, the Georgia Knowledge Repository). If the writer or developer works for such an institution, the expectation will be that OER developed under the auspices of that institution should reside within their repository. Seek guidance from the repository administrator.
Select an open repository
Various repositories welcome contributions from multiple locations. OER Commons, for example, has a facility to allow users to contribute materials. Generally, open repositories require the person submitting the resource to register and log-in before uploading the resource. They will also require information about the resource to allow it to be catalogued and tagged. This is necessary in order to allow search facilities to find it. The submitted resource will be vetted by a review team to ensure quality before being added to the repository’s database.
Build the OER online
It is also possible to build a resource online. A few sites that encourage development of OER within their online environments. They can then automate processes such as acquiring a Creative Commons licence and adding the resource to the database. One such example is Connexions, which allows teams to develop modules of learning on their site. Users open an account, develop the materials online, and then publish them once they are satisfied. WikiEducator uses a similar method to allow educators to develop teaching materials collaboratively online.
Exploit social networks
The world of social networking has also opened new possibilities for publishing OER online. A site such as Flickr (www.flickr.com) allows its users to publish photographic materials with Creative Commons licenses, while YouTube (www.youtube.com) allows the same for digital video materials. Networks like Twitter and Facebook can be used to spread awareness of the materials posted on the Internet by sharing the links.
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Butcher, N. (2015). A basic guide to open educational resources (OER). Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver and UNESCO. Retrieved from http://oasis.col.org/handle/11599/36