Some online instructors use open educational resources to help students connect to the learning material. Now those instructors can turn to OER for their own edification, thanks to a new set of openly licensed materials aimed at helping instructors construct online classes.
Creating Online Learning Experiences: A Brief Guide to Online Courses, From Small and Private to Massive and Open (Pressbooks, July 2018) was shepherded by Matthew Crosslin, a learning innovation researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington, with contributions from several colleagues. Crosslin started the project as a guide to creating MOOCs for an audience of instructors at his institution, but eventually expanded its scope on the advice of his colleague George Siemens, executive director of the university’s LINK Research Lab.
Crosslin had never created OER before, so he sought advice from the university’s library press, which helped him remove barriers to digital accessibility like spelled-out links instead of hyperlinks. He plans to expand the resources and invites readers to submit feedback or suggestions for how to improve the content.
“I want to provide a bridge between the practical and the critical,” Crosslin said.
The publication has earned early plaudits from several professors, including Leigh A. Hall, who teaches in the literacy department at the University of Wyoming.
The online text is also available in print for $11.60 on the Lulu platform.