The UBC OER Collection consists of openly licensed learning materials developed by UBC faculty, staff, and students. The learning materials include discipline-specific and subject-specific resources developed for course and professional development settings. 

The collection contains information about OER that is stored in a variety of online spaces and does not offer an upload function. To make your resource accessible in the collection, you will need to upload your resource online elsewhere.

To add your resource to the UBC OER Collection, review and ensure you meet the criteria listed. You may also preview the submission form before you submit through the website.

Using the Submission form, fill out all the required metadata fields. We will work to make it available upon review. If you have any questions or require help with the submission process, contact

If you need to update the information about your resource after you have uploaded it, please email the URL to the collection record and update details to


 The materials in the UBC OER Collection are added based on the following criteria.

  • The resources must be a teaching and learning resource that is primarily used for the purpose of presentation and transmission within an instructional setting.
  • The resource must have an open-copyright licence (such as one from Creative Commons), or is a part of the public domain and has no copyright.
  • The resource must be a final version. While we recognize that openly licensed resources can be modified and remixed, upon adding the resource to the collection, the resource should be ready for community use.
  • The resource must have a creator or co-creator associated with the University of British Columbia Vancouver or Okanagan campus. 
  • The resource must have a persistent URL (PURL) and/or persistent identifier (PID) that remains constant as a means of identifying the location of the resource online.

Material Types

Learning materials in the UBC OER Collection can be categorized into 10 different material types.

  1. Textbook: An online textbook offered with a Creative Commons, public domain, or other open license allowing the use and possible adaption of the book at no additional cost.
  2. Assignment and Activities: Assignments and activities are edcational tasks or work assigned to students in the course of their study.
  3. Animation and Simulation:  Animations visually and dynamically presents concepts, models, processes, and/or phenomena in space or time. Simulations are real or virtual experience in which users’ actions affect the outcomes of tasks they have to complete. 
  4. Course and Course Modules: A package of activities and resources for a specific part of a course. A course is made-up of multiple course modules to meet the entirety of the course curiculum.
  5. Quiz/Test/Problem Bank: Assessment devices intended to evaluate the knowledge and/or skills of learners. Problem Banks are a series of questions packaged together for a specific course or subject area. 
  6. Web Resources: A online landing space that may contain multiple OER materials, including those listed here.
  7. Video and Audio: Multimedia objects. 
  8. Presentations: Teaching materials (text and multimedia) used present curriculum and concepts.
  9. Workshop and Training Materials: Materials best used in a workshop setting for the purpose of professional development.
  10. Other (Text Field)


The UBC OER Collection accepts resources with an open-copyright licence. An open-copyright license allows the creator to retain ownership of their work, while allowing others to use, share, and remix it, without requesting permission. For most open-copyright licences, the user provides attribution to the original creator and work. The UBC OER Collection accepts the following options for open-copyright licenses: 

  • Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
  • Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
  • Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)
  • Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
  • Creative Commons Zero (CC0 )
  • Other (please provide name and link to the license)

If you are uncertain of which license to select, use the Choose a Creative Commons License tool or contact


A persistent uniform resource locator (PURL) is a unique permanent URL, or web address, that remains stable over time. 

A PID is a long-lasting digital reference to an object, contributor, or organization, “a code which remains constant as a means of identifying a digital object regardless of changes to its location on the internet”.  PIDs include, Digital Object Identifiers (DOI), ISBNS, ISSNs, and Handle (HNDL).

You can secure a PID through a number of different services and platforms at UBC Library (e.g. DOIs are created in cIRcle, UBC Library’s institutional repository). To learn about securing a PID contact