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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Adapting

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.


Getting Started

While you can adapt an OER as a solo educator, most adapters prefer to work as part of a team. That team might include:

  • Subject Matter Experts (SMEs): To evaluate, improve, or create content.
  • Instructional Designer(s): To make sure your completed adaption facilitates learning.
  • Librarian(s): To locate existing content, and provide copyright, licensing, and dissemination expertise.
  • Students(s): To contribute content, assist with uploading content, or evaluate content.
  • Graphic Designer: To improve the design and layout of the resource.
  • Copy Editor: To make sure the text is error-free.
  • Assistant(s): To provide additional research or technical support.
  • Others

Adapting an OER is often smoother with a team of collaborators. It will be up to you to identify what expertise and experience will help make your OER project a success. For more information about team formation, roles, and responsibilities, check out The Rebus Guide To Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far).

Resources

 

Attribution: Adapt an OER by eCampus Ontario Open Library, licensed under a CC BY SA NC 4.0 International License.

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