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Finding and Accessing Content for Courses: Free, Open, and Affordable Resources: Adopt/Adapt

Adopting & Adapting

Infographic featuring a red rectangular box with icons and texts in white. The first line features a magnifying glass icon next to the word "Find." The line below shows plus and a minus sign icons next to the word "Assess." Finally, the bottom line shows an icon which a check mark and an icon of a clipboard with some items marked with checks and others with x's; the text to the right reads, "Adopt or Adapt."

  Phares, D. (2021, July 6). Adopt of Adapt. CC BY 4.0.

FIND resources by searching in the repositories listed on this guide or titles listed under subject-specific materials. 

ASSESS potential course material by evaluating its accuracy, clarity, relative absence of errors, coverage of the subject matter, how well it meets learning outcomes, how accessible it is to all students, how diverse, equitable, and inclusive the material is, and what license is attached to the material.

ADOPT and distribute to your classes. 

ADAPT existing materials by editing, reordering, combing, revising or remixing them--making sure you abide by the terms of their licenses.

Reasons to Adapt an Open Textbook

One of the benefits of using an openly licensed textbook or other education resource is that you are free to adapt it to fir your needs. In other words, you can adjust the educational resources to fit your course curriculum, not the other way around. Other reasons for revising an existing open work be to:

  1. Address a particular teaching or learning style
  2. Adjust for a different grade or course level
  3. Adapt for a different discipline
  4. Accommodate a different learning environment
  5. Address diversity needs
  6. Meet a cultural preference
  7. Meet a regional of national preference
  8. Address an institution’s curriculum
  9. Make the material more accessible to all users
  10. Add material contributed by students or material suggested by students
  11. Translate material into another language
  12. Correct errors, omissions, or inaccuracies
  13. Update the material with more current information
  14. Add more media or links to other resources
  15. Use only a portion of the book for a course

Adapted from Aesoph, L. M. (2016), Reasons to Adapt an Open Textbook, In Adaptation Guide. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, with some material based on: WikiEducator. (2008). Adapt, In OER Handbook for Educators and Green-Hughes (n.d.). Why Remix Open Educational Resources? both under a CC-BY license..

Resources for Adopting & Adapting

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