Open Education

Share With the World

You've created a presentation and are ready to share it. Perhaps you have a video and you want to make it available to others. All the content is cited and licensed (after all, you've followed the steps we've outlined). Now, where do you share it? Consider posting to some of our favorite sites, our submit it for a review by the Open.Michigan team.


MerlotCongratulations! Your content is now open and ready for sharing. We can help you publish your syllabus, course, or learning module on the Open.Michigan OER website. Or, share your content through MERLOT, which provides a rich collection of peer-reviewed online learning materials that are organized into academic discipline communities. If you are publishing content from a medical or health sciences field, consider using MedEd Portal—a free peer-reviewed publication service and repository for teaching materials.

Articles and Research

More faculty and researchers are discovering the advantages of open publishing for their scholarly articles, books, and other research related materials. MLibrary provides Deep Blue, where U-M faculty can submit their scholarly and artistic work into a permanent, shared repository. Deep Blue supports a variety of formats, and submitters are encouraged to deposit not just their finished work, but also related materials (including data, images, audio and video files, etc.). MLibrary's Scholarly Publishing Office (SPO) provides free or low-cost publishing services to journals that publish in an Open Access fashion. SPO is well equipped to address the technical issues facing today's open access scholarly journals with expertise in online publication, long-term preservation, and dissemination. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides open access to full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. Covering all subjects and languages, DOAJ provides access to over 300,000 articles from 4000 journals.

Presentations and Lectures

Slide ShareHave some PowerPoint, Keynote, or OpenOffice Impress presentations you want to share? SlideShare is an easy-to-use website for posting your openly-licensed presentations and lectures. Scribd is an online platform for publishing a wide variety of documents, including school papers, poems, presentations, academic research articles, and more. Users interact with Scribd much like YouTube, but they browse for texts instead of videos.

Audio, Video and Images

blip.tvDon't leave your videos and images buried on your hard drive, or inside your PPT presentations. Share them openly for others to reuse. The Flickr photo-sharing website lets you share your images and illustrations, according to the CC-license you specify. YouTube allows you to upload and share a wide range of video file formats. also supports several formats, including Flash (which YouTube currently does not) and allows larger file sizes (over 100 MB). lets you push your videos to other distributors, including YouTube and several others.

If you are looking to create and share your own audio and video content, get started with our Guidelines for Sharing Recordings. This guide will help you produce recordings for use by the broadest audience possible.

WikiMedia Commons is a large, searchable repository of photos, graphics, and artwork. It's a great place to take the images out of your lecture slides and make them available to other instructors looking for openly licensed images to include in their educational materials. Wikimedia Commons is a highly trafficked site that routinely comes up in Google searches for images.

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