There are many case studies online describing the benefits of creating OERs.
One of the key aspects of OERs is the capacity to not only reuse but to modify or 'remix' some resources. This could be adapting resources to meet specific needs e.g. contextual pedagogic requirements or using resources from different sources together.
The capacity to modify resources is dependent upon them being licensed for modification using open licences such Creative Commons licences that do not feature the No Derivative Works (ND) element.
The OER Toolkit provides information on finding and remixing openly licensed resources.
When developing an Open Educational Resource, ensure the content is material you are permitted to make available under an open licence.
Content you have created yourself is the property of Curtin University as per the University's Intellectual Property Policy and Procedures.
It is ok to use third party content in your OER when using:
All other third party content is not OK to use. This includes content from Library databases, content copied under Curtin's copyright licences (Part VA, Part VB and the Music Licence), and online web content (unless available under an open licence).
The Open Educational Licensing Toolkit is a good resource to guide you in finding, using, adapting or sharing an OER.
Resources need to be given a licence that allows for them to be shared, reused and adapted, most likely a Creative Commons licence to specify how it can be used by others. Tools such as the OER: Open Attribution Builder are available to help select the most appropriate licence.
Resources can be shared by making them available from Open Educational Resources repositories.
Another useful resource is the Open Educational Resources Toolkit created for Australian schools and TAFEs which guides you through the process of finding, creating and licensing OERs.