Opendora FAQ

Opendora FAQ

What is Opendora?

A digital repository for Minnesota State's OER efforts. Opendora, developed by PALS, is a digital archive for open educational resources that serves as a central repository for Minnesota State faculty and librarians to leverage licensed open educational resources (OER) with the ability to access, load, and share material. Opendora allows the storage of or linking to, course content including textbooks, lecture notes, syllabi, reading lists, and videos.

How do I login to Opendora?

To add resources or access restricted resources access Opendora through your institution's D2L Brightspace. Generally found under resources, the specific menu location is determined by institutional D2L admins.

How can I update/replace or delete items in Opendora?

Only PALS staff have the ability to modify and delete documents in Opendora.
  1. To request an update/replace the file, please submit a ticket to PALS with the item's link in Opendora, and the updated/replacement file. 
  2. To request a file be deleted in Opendora, please submit a ticket to PALS, with the item's name and link in Opendora.

What is a protected resource?

Protected resources are materials that are only available to other Minnesota State Faculty and Staff who have logged into Opendora via D2L. If the item is posted as unprotected, it is widely available without other restrictions. 

How do I find an item?

Opendora allows browsing by resource type, institution, author, course name, and discipline. Additionally, you can always locate items in the repository using the search box. 

Other search parameters include: Academic level, resource contact, keywords, and  license type, 

How do I locate protected resources? 

First make sure you are logged into Opendora, if you are not logged in these items are not discoverable. Once logged in, the easiest way to locate protected resources is to do a search for protected resources, the first item returned is a folder of the parent collection for all the protected resources.  Alternatively, you can search for a resource type that tends not to be open for example QuizTest.