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OER - Adapt & Create: Adapt & Remix


Adapting / Remixing / Revising are options to edit an existing OER to meet the specific needs of your course. Revising can be simple edits while more robust remixing can combine multiple OERs into a platform that is tailored to your outcomes, syllabus and course.


10 Reasons for Adapting & Remixing

  1. Address a particular teaching style or learning style
  2. Adjust for a different grade or course level
  3. Address diversity needs
  4. Meet a cultural, regional, or national preference
  5. Make the material more accessible for people with disabilities
  6. Add material contributed by students or material suggested by students
  7. Translate the material into another language
  8. Correct errors or inaccuracies
  9. Update the book with current information
  10. Add more media or links to other resources

Considerations before Adapting & Remixing

  1. Check license
  2. Identify current format of resource
  3. Determine access - what format would be best for your students?
  4. Assess editability
  5. Publish - give proper attribution
  6. Host material in a stable place

Licensing for Adapting

When remixing two or more resources, check to make sure that the licenses are compatible. Consult this chart from Creative Commons or ask your librarian for help.

Resources for Customizing Texts

Top Hat
Top Hat, provided by CCAC, is a customizable online platform to integrate online texts, interactive polls & quizzes, assignments, tests and labs. Get in touch with a librarian for assistance in getting started. Full product overview.


An easy-to-use online platform for the construction, customization, and dissemination of open educational resources (OER). It is highly collaborative, has 3D capabilities, multimedia including videos and simulations, student tracking and assessment, an integrated annotation infrastructure and can be embedded into Blackboard.



Open Author
Developed by OER Commons, this source has various tools for creating OER from scratch or harnessing existing open content to encourage students to solve specific tasks. OER Commons’ authoring platform, Open Author, can be used either to design and create individual resources or to lay out the structure of an open textbook.

OER Commons


Features include the ability to create and remix, but also features other tools for building hypotheses, web annotations, and mathematical tools for equations and formulas, and tools for advanced text formatting.


Resources for Customizing Media

"H5P enables existing CMSs and LMSs to create richer content. With H5P, authors may create and edit interactive videos, presentations, games, advertisements and more. Content may be imported and exported. All that is needed to view or edit H5P content is a web browser. "

Canva's simple drag-and-drop platform includes images, photos, icons, shapes and fonts to easily create infographics and presentations to enhance course content.

Images: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
This collection of repositories highlights free or openly licensed photos and images featuring people of color, trans, non-binary, indigenous, and other diverse population groups.

Still not satisfied? Try creating...


Creating OER might be an option if the content that you need doesn't already exist. An original creation can be developed in various formats: textbooks, lab manuals, handouts, videos and more.

Creative Commons License
Except where otherwise noted, Open Educational Resources at CCAC by Community College of Allegheny County Libraries is licensed
under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.