Thank you for your interest in adding resources to OER Commons! What follows is a brief set of guidelines to make sure that your submission fits in our library of open educational resources.


Materials submitted to OER Commons will support K-12, undergraduate, graduate, vocational, and lifelong teaching and learning.

Resources should present a clear context for educational use by educators, education administrators, students, or independent learners. Many types of materials and mediums can be built into educational resources. This might include apps or other digital tools, primary sources, or other informational texts. 

Educational resources build scaffolding around these materials and mediums, and demonstrate a clearly articulated purpose and goals for their use in an educational setting.

Some questions to consider might be: Who would use this resource, and would it be clear how to use this resource in an educational setting? Does this resource present clearly articulated learning goals or objectives? Can this resource be aligned to educational standards for student achievement, or professional development standards in a particular field?  

Copyright and Permissions

Creative Commons: Creative Commons is an excellent tool which allows creators of content to choose the terms under which they share their material. All Creative Commons Licenses are accepted at OER Commons. Learn more at https://www.creativecommons.org

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted: Sometimes in the terms of service a provider will specify that all material is “Free for Educational Use.” In this case please select “Custom Permissions” from the Dropdown Menu in “License Type” and  link to the webpage’s terms of service in the “License URL” Box. For “License Description” please write “Educational Use Permitted.” Learn more at http://rightsstatements.org/page/InC-EDU/1.0/?language=en

In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted: Sometimes providers allow for Non-Commercial Use of their material in their terms of service. ” In this case please select “Custom Permissions” from the Dropdown Menu in “License Type” and  link to the webpage’s terms of service in the “License URL” Box. For “License Description” please write “Non-Commercial Use Permitted.” Learn more at http://rightsstatements.org/page/InC-NC/1.0/?language=en

Public Domain: “Public Domain” refers to materials that are not protected by copyright laws for a number of reasons. Government materials are often dedicated to the public domain. In this case please select “Public Domain” from the Dropdown Menu in “License Type,” and link to the terms of service in the “License URL” Box. Please see here for more information http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/public-domain/welcome/

Unclear Licensing: In some cases licensing is unclear or unstated. In these cases please contact the provider, or contact us at info@oercommons.org  to have a member of the OER Commons team contact them.

Unacceptable Content

Restrictive Copyright: Copyright grants to creators a bundle of exclusive rights over their creative works, which generally include, at a minimum, the right to reproduce, distribute, display, and make adaptations. The phrase "All Rights Reserved" is often used by owners to indicate that they reserve all of the rights granted to them under the law. We cannot accept these materials. Learn more at https://wiki.creativecommons.org/index.php/Frequently_Asked_Questions

Commercial Material: We generally do not accept material that requires payment, or is a “free sample” of paid material.

Material requiring login: We generally do not accept material requiring user registration and login.

Describing Your Resource

The following fields are required:

Title: The title of the resource you are submitting.

URL: A unique URL is required to create a record in OERC.

Subject: Please select the appropriate subject for your resource from the following values: Applied Science, Arts and Humanities, Business and Communication, Career and Technical Education, Education, English Language Arts, History, Law, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science or Social Science. For Greater Specificity in your subject please add keywords.

Material Type: This field describes what kind of resource you are submitting, and its educational use. Please choose from the following values :Activities and Labs, Assessments, Audio Lectures, Case Study, Data, Full Course, Games, Homework and Assignments, Images and Illustrations, Instructional Material, Interactive, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plans, Module, Primary Source, Readings, Reference, Resource Review, Simulations, Specimen, Student Guide, Syllabi, 

Teaching and Learning Strategies, Textbooks, Unit of Study, Video Lectures, Other

Level: Please Choose the Appropriate Educational Level for the resource you are submitting: Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, Lower Primary (K-2), Upper Primary(3-5), Middle School(6-8), High School (9-12), Community College/Lower Division, College/Upper Division, Graduate/Professional, Career/Technical, or Adult Education. If relevant, choose appropriate grade levels.

Language: Please select your resource’s language.

Media Format: This field describes the format which your resource is delivered: Please choose from the following values: Audio, Braille/BNF, Downloadable docs, eBook, Graphics/Photos, Interactive, Mobile, Text/HTML, Video, or Other