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Open Educational Practices (OEP) and Strategies for Revising and Remixing OER: Sharing strategies for using different technologies to revise and remix OER is a critical component of OEP.  The capabilities to create derivative works with OER is one of OER's defining features. 

The SkillsCommons' Makeover Strategy has been implemented across many institutions during and after the U.S. Department of Labor's TAACCCT program since 2015.  The CC BY Creative Commons license on SkillsCommons materials provides opportunities for others to makeover, revise, remix, and/or reuse the materials in a variety of ways to create "derivative works" that could better serve the needs of different learners in different contexts with different technologies.

The SkillsCommons Makeover Strategy is composed of three (3) categories that vary in the level of effort and extensiveness of changes made by the author when creating a derivative work. 

EXPLORE the open institutional examples of how faculty and staff reused, revised, remixed OER to customize the OER for their local needs. 

Reuse "as is" OER
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Reuse "as is" = no modifications were made to the original material(s). Materials accessed/downloaded from SkillsCommons and used "as is."

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Revise and Remix OER
example of remixing OER content

Revise and Remix = Edits to the content, branding, scope, and sequence applied, while keeping authoring technology of the original material(s).

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Makeover OER
example of making over oer content

Makeover = Innovative technologies applied to original material(s) transforming them into more usable, UDL, and effective resources(s).

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Partnering Technologies to Remix and Revise OER:

MERLOT-SkillsCommons has partnered with a number of technology providers to enable the practice of revising and remixing OER. Enabling people to create derivative OER (and non-OER in accordance with CC licensing) is critical if the promise of OER is to be fulfilled.

Just as OER has been created by commercial and non-commerical technology applications, so will the technologies required to remix and revise OER be performed with commercial and non-commercial technologies.

Explore how MERLOT-SkillsCommons' technology partners have enabled people to remix and revise OER to create OER that is more aligned with their needs and goals for effective instruction.

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We have created a number of instructional videos and examples of how to use Softchalk to revise and remix OER from SkillsCommos create derivative works that are more interactive, pedagogically more effective, and inclusive of formative assessments. Explore easy strategies to "Design on a Dime" with Softchalk.

Softchalk can also be used to do an "extreme makeover" of OER and the SkillsCommons-MERLOT team can provide you examples and a workshop recording of how to create an "extreme makeover".


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Led by a diverse team of innovators, ecoText has partnered with MERLOT to provide a user-friendly and powerful technology platform that lets faculty and students transform a 'standard' open textbook into a derivative version with easy tools to augment, remix, revise, and interact with the OER. Together, by using open pedagogy strategies, both students and faculty can create culturally and institutionally contextualized instructional resources to support successful learning.

Explore ecoText services for creating derivative open textbooks.


Supported by an open community, H5P is free and open software application that enables you to create, share, and reuse interactive HTML5 content in your browser. The H5P organization is also supporting an H5POER Hub.

Here's the announcement of the H5P/Joubel and MERLOT-SkillsCommons partnership.

MERLOT-SkillsCommons is launching an H5P initiative to support the reuse, remixing, and revising of OER. Dr. Moustapha Diack is directing the initiative. Learn more about our strategy.


MERLOT-SkillsCommons has partnered with Odigia to reuse, remix, revise, retain and redistribute workforce training content into a competency-based education platform. Together we are providing in new service call SkillsCommons Plus. The Odigia platform provides easy ways to organize and deliver content, building formative and summative assessments into the curriculum and providing informative data dashboards that enable the institution to better manage their instructional programs.

Explore more at https://partner.skillscommons.org/pipeline_solutions/

Ready to Revise, Reuse or Makeover?

Guides and Use Cases for Reuse

FORMS OF REUSE AND DERIVATIVE WORKS: UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF THE CC BY LICENSE Download Word Document Download PDF Document ReadSpeaker Listen This user guide provides a wide range of illustrations of reuse and derivative works that can help you realize the reusable value of your materials.

USE CASE FOR A CAMPUS PROGRAM MANAGER REUSING MATERIALS IN SkillsCommons  Download PDF Document ReadSpeaker Listen This user guide provides you a story ("use case") about how a community college program manager needs to create a workforce development certificate in foundational math skills for a local construction company and the use of materials in SkillsCommons.org to achieve their goals quickly and inexpensively.

GUIDE FOR ATTRIBUTION OF CC-BY LICENSED MATERIAL FOR DERIVATIVE WORKS Download Word document Download PDF document ReadSpeaker Listen This guide provides you with a template and examples for proper attribution of CC-BY licensed material that is a derivative of another's material.

GUIDE FOR ADDING LMS PACKAGES TO BLACKBOARD CLASS This video guide demonstrates How to Add a SoftChalk Lesson to a Blackboard Course.