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An Open Textbook is licensed openly, so it’s free for you to use, re-use, modify, and adapt to fit your course requirements.
Open Textbooks are flexible for educators and free for students, offer interactive learning experiences, come with a community of your peers on the cutting edge of education innovation. They are an affordable, flexible alternative to traditionally-published textbooks.
The BCcampus Open Textbook Toolkit is your starting point on how to change education with just one textbook. It provides a list of our open textbooks, information and guidelines for adopting and assigning an open textbook.
About Open Textbooks in B.C.
In October 2012, the BC Ministry of Advanced Education announced its support for the creation of open textbooks for the 40 highest-enrolled first and second year subject areas in the province’s public post-secondary system. BCcampus is tasked with co-ordination of the project because of our 10-year experience funding open educational resources (OER) through the Online Program Development Fund.
The goal of the Open Textbook Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher education resources in B.C. by making open textbooks available for use by B.C. faculty, and digital versions of the texts are free of charge to faculty and students. Printed copies are also available on demand for a low cost.
High-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks ready to use now
The following textbooks have been rated 4 or higher (out of 5) by your peers in the British Columbia higher education system and are available for download now:
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Open Education Week is taking place from 10-15 March 2014 online and in locally hosted events around the world. The purpose of Open Education Week is to raise awareness of the open education movement and opportunities it creates in teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free an open to everyone.
What is Open Education
Open Education is, at its core, about free and open sharing. Free, meaning no cost, and open, which refers to the use of legal tools (open licenses) that allow everyone to reuse and modify educational resources. Free and open sharing increases access to education and knowledge for everyone, everywhere, all the time. It allows people to make changes to materials or to combine resources to build something new. Open Education incorporates free and open learning communities, educational networks, teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship, open source educational tools and more. Open Education gives people access to knowledge, provides platforms for sharing, enables innovation, and connects communities of learners and educators around the world.
The idea of free and open sharing in education is not new. In fact, sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built. Open Education seeks to scale up educational opportunities by taking advantage of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination, and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and collaborate. Open is key; open allows not just access, but the freedom to modify and use materials, information and networks so education can be personalized to individual users or woven together in new ways for diverse audiences, large and small.
Why is Open Education important?
People want to learn. By providing free and open access to education and knowledge, we help create a world where people can fulfill this desire. Students can get additional information, viewpoints and materials to help them succeed. Workers can learn things that will help them on the job. Faculty can draw on resources from all around the world. Researchers can share data and develop new networks. Teachers can find new ways to help students learn. People can connect with others they wouldn’t otherwise meet to share ideas and information. Materials can be translated, mixed together, broken apart and openly shared again, increasing access and inviting fresh approaches. Anyone can access educational materials, scholarly articles, and supportive learning communities anytime they want to. Education is available, accessible, modifiable and free.
What is Open Education Week?
Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.
Who is contributing to Open Education Week?
Open Education Week is coordinated by the OpenCourseWare Consortium, an association of hundreds of institutions and organizations around the world that are committed to the ideals of open education. Universities, colleges, schools and organizations from all over the world have come together to showcase what they’re doing to make education more open, free, and available to everyone.
Check out the videos to learn more about open education and why it’s important to communities around the world. Then find what interests you, and explore. Join a webinar, see what projects are going on around the world, or attend a live event. You can tweet a question or comment (#openeducationwk), or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Open content licensing for educators (OCL4Ed) is a free OERu micro Open Online Course (mOOC) designed for educators and students who want to learn more about open education resources, copyright, and Creative Commons licenses. Register today.
Access to education is a fundamental human right and UNESCO considers this essential to exercising the other human rights. This course is contributing to the inevitable outcome in the future where open education will be taken for granted by all education institutions.
Sadly, today many education institutions restrict access to learning by locking content behind all rights reserved copyright. In today’s world where the cost of replicating digital information is near zero combined with the affordance that the cost of developing high quality courses collaboratively using open educational resources is far cheaper than doing this alone, we have unprecedented opportunities to promote the sustainability of education futures for all.
This micro Open Online Course (mOOC) on open content licensing introduces the concepts of open education, copyright and Creative Commons as a contribution from the OER university collaboration and the UNESCO-COL OER Chair network in widening knowledge and capacity development in support of the global open education movement.
This course is freely available for anyone with an interest in open education with options to earn certificates of participation or formal assessment for tertiary academic credit. This course guide provides and overview of the course and assessment options available for participants.
Open content licensing for educators is a free micro Open Online Course (mOOC) designed for educators who want to learn more about open education resources, copyright, andcreative commons licenses. This course will help you to:
Reflect on the practice of sharing knowledge in education and the permissions educators consider fair and reasonable;
Define what constitutes an open education resource (OER);
Explain how international copyright functions in a digital world;
Distinguish the types of Creative Commons licenses and explain how they support open education approaches;
Acquire the prerequisite knowledge required by educators to legally remix open education materials and help institutions to take informed decisions about open content licenses;
Use social media technologies to support your learning;
Connect with educators around the world to share thoughts and experiences in relation to copyright, OER and Creative Commons.
With the increasing popularity of online education has come a profusion of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Open Courseware (OCW), Open Educational Resources (OER), and other general educational resources that can be accessed online. MOOCs are usually full courses with actual assignments and a similar structure to a traditional college class, whereas OCW and OER are simply resources, such as textbooks, class rubrics, and other corollary materials that students can use to guide their independent learning. This collection isn’t intended as an ordered ranking comparing the quality of these sites, but a repository of great resources for anyone who wants to learn more about MOOCs and OCW.
MOOC Platforms & Tools
Many companies have set up platforms that anyone can use to create and promote MOOCs, and as the MOOC format gets more popular, there will doubtlessly be heavy competition to create the best course creation and hosting service. This competition will lead to an increase in quality of some MOOCs, but it will be more difficult to sort out which courses offer the best and most relevant content.
Edx gives students opportunities to pursue their education on their schedule. Their classes extend across many different subjects, and the company has collaborated with educators in both traditional and emerging fields to build and publish course content.
udemy Blog is the world’s largest destination for online courses and teaches students how to take a course on just about anything. Free coursework includes information on building a mobile app, Microsoft excel, Photoshop, writing, technology, and more.
MOOC Campus is the world’s first residential campus for DIY education and they pull material from some of the best institutions around the country such as the University of Michigan, Yale, Berklee College of Music, and more.
Hibernia College outlines the different MOOCs students can take and how to best advance methods for furthering education. The site provides useful tools for learning more about Ireland’s history and culture.
This MOOC institution is a great way to learn on a variety of subjects and it includes a common format of seven week courses with two hour lectures. The site provides information for how to produce and submit your own MOOC as well.
Codecademy is a MOOC-like online learning program that allows for students of programming to begin learning or enhance their coding language skills. Open courses include coding modules for Ruby, PHP, and Python.
This nine week course ran from January thru March 2013, but the materials on the site are still freely available. The curriculum was written for higher education professionals, such as teachers and support staff interested in learning about professional development.
This MOOC course site allows enrollment in business classes taught by professors from top business schools. Completion of these courses earns students a certification as well as a working knowledge of stock market prediction techniques.
The MOOC available through the Health Informatics Forum is comprised of 16 components, such as The Culture of Healthcare and Terminology of Healthcare. Offering this information for free allows this kind of health information to be readily available and accessible.
CDL offers a free 13 week course that explores global communication. This MOOC focuses on improving creative communication, understanding communicative theories, and working with multicultural communication.
OOE13 is a yearlong MOOC experience created for instructors of K-16 programs. It deals with the use of technology in teaching and learning and their importance in education, as well as overall development of professional knowledge.
OpenLearning is an initiative focused on providing the best resources for expanding online education to people that may have not previously had access to it. The blog highlights the different ways they’re currently expanding to meet increasing needs.
Information Visualization MOOC partners with Indiana University to provide an overview on the state of the art in information visualization. The site breaks down what information is discussed week-to-week as well.
Learning From Data is a great introductory Machine Learning online course taught by Caltech professor Yaser Abu-Mostafa. The lectures are taught via live broadcast and include a Q&A, homework, and a final exam.
This massive directory offers students a comprehensive listing of MOOC courses from universities and other institutions. It offers easy to use search features, where courses are indexed by topic, school, course length, or other criteria.
The University of Miami Global Academy provides free online courses on Calculus AB/BC and details how to use MOOCs for those who never have previously. The site takes full advantage of the burgeoning MOOC movement and enables students to more adequately learn.
Berklee Online is a comprehensive source for gaining a better music education online from one of the best music schools in the country. The site is highly regarded as one of the best online learning tools currently available.
MOOC2Degree helps students who complete MOOC courses earn credit towards a degree with a participating university. Some partnering schools are University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, and University of West Florida.
NovoEd equips students with the resources to take higher level courses online, completely free, and promote a stronger educational presence of MOOCs. The goal is to enable a wider range of students to have the educational resources needed to succeed.
SyMynd is a MOOC platform with a wide array of options for classes, but has a strong emphasis on marketing and technology-based coursework. The site aims to better promote online educational resources.
The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education has shared libraries and shared academics resources which serve students by providing them with new scholarly information. Their model is “inter-intuitional” and collaborative.
The MOOC format is still relatively new, and many people involved in the industry are discussing the impact that MOOCs will have on higher education, traditional brick and mortar universities, and eventually employment and hiring practices. These blogs offer info on specific MOOCs, as well as discussion of the broader concepts behind MOOCs and online education in general.
MOOCtalk is run by Dr. Keith Devlin, a mathematician at Stanford University, and he uses the blog to chronicle his experiences as he teaches MOOCs online. His blog highlights the particular setbacks and pitfalls of MOOCs, as they’re currently still in the early stages.
This blog provides a space to host all MOOC related theories and information. News and information about MOOC courses can be found here, as well as links to available courses and student forums where MOOC related discussions take place.
This blog honestly and candidly reviews currently running MOOC programs. It highlights the potentials and pitfalls of both individual courses as well as entire platforms, and helps students make decisions about their education.
This research initiative is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation to explore the effectiveness and potential of MOOCs. Projects submitted here are peer reviewed and will eventually be available through the Evidence Hub.
This blog explores the positive and negative aspects of MOOC courses and online learning. Run by a professor, she explores the ideas of lifelong learning, how digital design impacts learning, and learning strategies that help students.
The author of this blog discusses in detail the role of open education and how it may change the entire face of education. She focuses on the creative and social implications of open learning and how and if it affects an individual’s experience.
Synergis develops online and hybrid education programs to serve the community of non-traditional and adult learners. Run by higher education professionals, their mission is to raise the standard for 21st century education.
Open Courseware is course material on a specific subject that is made freely available by the owner of the material. Large universities and other education providers will often make some of their course materials available as OCW as a supplementary resource for students who are interested in the topic, but may not be able to fit the actual course into their schedule.
The National Repository of Online Courses is a library of high quality, free online courses contributed from instructors and universities around the world. Their large list of classes covers an extensive number of subjects.
These Open Courseware classes represent many of the same resources available to students who are registered in Penn State Classes. They are available to those who enroll through this OER site regardless of intention to pursue a degree.
Both instructors and students can view modules of information here. Authors can create documents or contribute materials, and instructors can build custom collections of material into courses or reports for students to use.
UC Irvine Opencourseware blogs about the different ways the face of education is changing and what we can expect to see in the future. The blog highlights courses, materials, lectures, and other ways University of California – Irvine is becoming more involved.
HippoCampus works with teachers to deliver custom digital and multimedia content to students for free. Through this site, teachers can personalize the learning experience and use up-to-date tools and technology.
OpenSeminar is a collaborative platform that allows instructors to meet and work together on different projects concerning eLearning. It’s sponsored by some of the largest science and technology foundations in the country.
The Open Courseware Consortium is a crucial resource for online learning, and it takes advantage of the rapidly developing technologies to facilitate a wider range of access for people who may have not typically had it. The site provides news, course information, and much more on how to become more involved.
Open Course Library allows for a wide array of courses to be taken online. The site breaks down how to use them and also provides ample resources for successfully enrolling and gaining a better education.
The Internet has enabled a movement to coalesce around the idea that educational materials should be free and widely distributed for anyone who cares to access them. There are many sites providing access to open education resources, including lecture transcripts and recordings, textbooks, class syllabi, assignment rubrics, and educational material in any format that can be transmitted electronically.
Dr. Geez Blog is a great source for technology, math, and educational resources. Particularly, the way that news is presented and the consistent updates on events pertaining to open courseware are interesting.
Learning Emergence helps make online learning more intuitive by highlighting different events, people, projects, publications, and other tools for online learning. The site also keeps others up to date on local activities and events to become involved.
Remaking the University is a great tool for looking at all the innovative new ways technology is changing the educational landscape. The site has many different facets to explore that further explain online education to anyone.
Open Culture offers free resources of all kinds including eBooks, films, textbooks, audio books, Harvard classics, and more. They also have a collection of 725 course lecture videos through YouTube and iTunes from universities all over the world.
Open Colleges provides advice and insight to job seekers and employees. Through interactive blogs, relevant recommendations, and interesting statistics, their blog attempts to help students find or increase employment after graduation.
The authors of this blog are interested in looking at the methods of student assessment across education. They are particularly focused on assessment in the environments of online learning, open courses, and MOOCs.
EdSurge is a useful resource for researching and understanding the operations of different educational initiatives around the world. They highlight interesting articles and the best ways to go about optimizing education.
Computing Education Blog regularly posts about different issues in education and how technology in particular is changing the face of the industry. The author of this blog is critical of the way that MOOCs work, especially in cases where pedagogical best practices aren’t or can’t be implemented because of inherent limitations of MOOCs. This writer’s analysis would be great reading for anyone looking to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of MOOCs.
The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning is one of 15 National Foreign Language Resource Centers founded by the US Department of Education. COERLL is responsible for producing and distributing OER language resources for the public.
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are the future of education, and that learners and educators everywhere benefit from their proliferation and use.The goals of OERs include defining OERs, demonstrating how to create and interact with them, and exploring how to include them in the teaching and learning processes.These OERs are openly licensed for reuse, usually through a Creative Commons license, which allows them to be integrated into any type of learning environment, including being printed and bound.
Recognize the different types and formats of Open Educational Resources and determine which are appropriate for their own Open Educational Resource development.
Apply an understanding of free and open-access materials and peer production to their own Open Educational Resource development.
Efficiently locate existing Open Educational Resources.
Integrate existing Open Educational Resources into their own Open Educational Resource development.
Construct an Open Educational Resource that assures copyright laws and ADA have been addressed.
Choose and apply a Creative Commons License to their Open Educational Resource and understand the philosophy of sharing content.
Apply and/or publish an Open Educational Resource within a classroom environment and/or repository.
Accurately tag and/or establish the metadata for an Open Educational Resource.
You will be able to locate, modify, and/or develop, and effectively tag Open Educational Resources that will be integrated into the classroom or submitted to an Open Educational Resource repository.
Module:1 What is Open?
Open education, including Open Educational Resources, Open Textbooks, Peer Production, and Open Universities
Describe what an open textbook is and how it can be used.
Describe the peer production process and how it contributes to openness.
Explore the concept of open universities and the various definitions of “open” in that context.
There is a lot of confusion over the differences between the terms “free” and “open,”when we use the term “free,” it means no financial exchange for the product or service. Some see “free” as in “freedom”; however, most people associate it with no charge, and this is usually the best interpretation of a service or resource that is labeled as “free.”
Open encompasses both “free” (as in no charge, as discussed above) AND free as in freedom to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute (the four R’s).
What is an Open Educational Resource? Why is the OER movement growing in popularity so quickly? Why would you want to use or create OER materials? How do you license OER materials?
In the first of this OER webinar series, Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons, will answer these questions and more in an interview by Mitchell Levy, CEO of Happy About. Cathy is formerly the Director of OER Initiatives at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She was also Senior Partner and the Vice President for Innovation and Open Networks at the Carnegie Foundation. Several OER collections will be reviewed including College Open Textbooks, Connexions, MERLOT and SoftChalk CONNECT.
Open Textbooks: A Brief Overview
Module:2 Creative Commons and Copyright
Develop an understanding of Copyright and Fair Use
Differentiate how and when to use the different types of CC licenses
Describe the decision making process related to selecting the “right” tool for the content and application
Discuss attribution and what needs to be considered when using work that has been licensed under CC
Use the CC license chooser when creating open content
Practice combining or “remixing” different types of open content
Copyright for Open Educational Resources
Selecting the Correct Creative Commons License
Module:3 Locating and Evaluating Open Educational Resources
Explore how to locate open educational resources.
Explore the difference between an OER repository and a OER list.
Evaluate open educational resources.
Perform an OER search and share the results of his/her findings.
Finding and Using OER: The Where and the When
Where can you find quality OERs? Where are they distributed, and where and when should you use them? Are they easy to find? What kind of standards (quality, accessibility, licensing) are relevant and why are they important?
How to use a variety of platforms to create open content
How to incorporate OER into your curriculum
The steps you need to follow when creating open content
Things to be consider,
Creating new open content vs. remixing content
Before you begin to create open educational resources, it is important to understand the difference between between licensing content you have created entirely on your own and licensing content that is a remix of other works (peer produced).
Creating your own content:
What are you creating?
Who are you creating it for?
How are you creating it?
How open will it be? (keep in mind the technology you use to create an OER)
Creating content that includes works from others (Remixing):
The biggest concern when remixing is making sure that the items you are mixing together are licensed in a way that is compatiblewith each other.
Questions to ask:
Does the item you want to use have an open license (ie. creative commons, GNU)?
Are all of your items licensed in a way that are compatible with each other?
How will you license your new remix so that it is a legal license?
This takes a little practice to understand. For example, CC-BY-SA can’t be remixed with CC-BY-SA-NC. If you’re not sure why not, you may want to consider completing Pursuit 2: Copyright and Creative Commons before completing this pursuit. There you will find an OER Remix game developed by David Wiley that will allow you to practice your OER mixing skills.
Creating OER: The WHO and the HOW
These questions, and more, will be answered by Rob Abel from IMS Global and others. In addition we will discuss different models for developing OER materials and demonstrate various authoring tools for creating OER content. Models for OER development will include work by the math department at the College of the Redwoods. You will also see how Jacqui Cain from Tacoma Community College, as part of a Bill and Melinda Gates foundation grant, re-purposed Sherlock Holmes stories to create a full online course in Remedial English.
Who is developing OERs? Who should be? How are they doing it? How can standards allow OER content interoperability? How can standards assure quality? How can I get started? How can I find the tools for creating OER content?
Audio and Podcasts:
Audio resources are an excellent alternative (or complement) to text resources. When integrated correctly, they enhance the learning experience by providing a quick reference for students and a personal touch to the subject matter.
Audio files are commonly referred to as podcasts. The term ‘podcast’ is a hybrid of two words: iPod, referencing Apple’s mp3 player, and broadcast. However, an iPod is not required to listen to a podcast. A podcast is simply a broadcast of a digital recording that is made for downloading or streaming to a personal computer or portible electronic device (1). Typically, audio files prepared for delivery for podcasts are encoded (compressed) using the .mp3 compression algorithm.
Audio resources can either be created by the instructor or the instructor can choose to integrate existing open-licensed audio files into courses.
There are many free services that allow users to easily create podcasts. One of the most popular open source applications is audacity, which is used in tandem with the LAME mp3 encoder.
Here is an excellent Youtube video that covers the installation process for Audacity:
Also, there are a number of other Audacity and LAME tutorials available on YouTube.(2)
Once created, audio files can be given a Creative Commons license and submitted to an OER repository. Not sure what Creative Commons is? Consider completing the ‘Creative Commons’ pursuit within this course and then using/producing CC licensed music files in/for your OER.
A screencast is a video recording of computer desktop activity that may also include narration. Narrated screencasts can be integrated into instruction to provide step-by-step procedural guidance in using software applications.(3)
A sampling of free screencasting software includes:
Since these files can be quite large, it’s important to consider how they will be hosted.
“Hosted” means the location where the audio file will be stored. When working within higher education, how audio files are hosted will vary by institution. Some institutions have streaming servers for audio and video, while others provide alternative space for faculty to store files. However, in most cases audio files should never be stored directly within a learning management system like ANGEL or Blackboard, as this inflates the size of the course and makes it difficult to work with.
A third option that is institution-agnostic is to host audio files within the cloud. The “cloud” (or cloud computing) refers to the use of networked facilities for the storage and processing of data rather than a user’s local computer. Access to files, data or services is typically done via the Internet. (4) So, in short, audio files can be developed, stored, and accessed within applications that automatically host and stream the content.
Services that allow for the easy storage of MP3 podcasts include:
Ipadio is especially useful because it allows users to create broadcasts from their phones. It also automatically transcribes the podcast, allowing users to post a transcript of the session (thereby ensuring accessibility for all). Read more about audio, video and accessibility here.
iTunes isn’t listed above because it acts as a directory service, providing listing updates for podcasts, rather than actually hosting audio files. See the iTunes “making a podcast” documentation for more information on RSS feeds (XML files that the iTunes Store processes in order to create podcast listings)
Many of the concepts in this section of the pursuit mirror those within the previous page (Audio and Podcasts). The following resources are provided to assist you in producing the highest quality multimedia OERs as possible, as well as ensuring that they are accessible to all learners.
Searching for Images
There are a number of ways to locate high-quality images that are licensed for reuse. The best way to start is with a Creative Commons search:
It is important to note, however, that search.creativecommons.org is not a search engine, but rather offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations. CC has no control over the results that are returned. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link. Since there is no registration to use a CC license, CC has no way to determine what has and hasn’t been placed under the terms of a CC license. If you are in doubt you should contact the copyright holder directly, or try to contact the site where you found the content.
Flickr also has a portion of its site devoted to Creative Commons licensed images. These images are sorted by license type, and are easily searchable. Many are also editable using the tips provided below; just be sure to check the license before altering and re-licensing an image:
Finally, Google’s advanced search features will also allow you to isolate Creative Commons licensed images. For a detailed tutorial on the three search types listed in this pursuit, view the video below:
Though this topic does not technically fall under the OER umbrella, you may find these tips on composition, display, etc. useful as you begin your journey creating OER images:
Once you have taken your photos or located your photos using the search tips provided above, you may want to edit your photos to better suit your needs before licensing or re-licensing. Here are some suggestions for photo editing software (Please note that not all of these programs are free or open. You will need to determine which is a proper fit for your needs).
– (video) should be providing the visual counterpart of the literary essay, should arouse our dreams, satisfy our hunger for beauty, take us on journeys, enable us to participate in events, present great drama and music, explore the sea and the sky and the woods and the hills. It should be our Lyceum, our Chautauqua…and our Camelot. (E.B. White, 1966)
Like images, there are many ways to locate quality video that is licensed under a Creative Commons license. As with images, the best place to start is with a Creative Commons search of Youtube or Vimeo, two of the most popular sources for videos on the web: http://search.creativecommons.org/
Remember that search limitations apply (as discussed above in ‘Images’). It is always the responsibility of the user to determine whether or not the desired content is available under a Creative Commons license that allows for reuse and/or adaptation.
In addition to a Creative Commons search, there are a number of video databases that contain video licensed for reuse and/or adaptation. However, it is important to remember that not all the videos on these sites are usable in OER.
Video Lectures – Hundreds of on-demand video lectures, most of which are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license
Anyone can create a video using a digital recorder, camera, or phone and then upload it to Youtube or Vimeo, but open source video editing options are very limited at the moment. Those services that do exist are very limited and often produce poor quality results. We encourage members of the OER community to offer their experiences with using open source video editing software in the Community Area of the course (use the course menu to navigate to this area). We will continue to update this section of the course as we obtain new information on the topic.
Creating Accessible Video and Audio
User accessibility must be considered when creating and licensing OER videos so that users all are able to access the information contained therein. A brief overview of the basic principles of creating accessible audio and video can be found here. The page also discusses a number of solutions for the closed captioning and/or transcription of audio and video.
If you are interested in creating an open course, you must first find a platform in which to place your content. A good place to start is wikieducator. They offer free workshops throughout the year related to the development of content in the wiki and the CC license. They have a large support network and will be there for you every step of the way.
You might also consider an open source or free Learning Management System, such as Blackboard’s Coursesites (the LMS used for this course), Canvas, or Moodle. It is important to review the features of each of these systems to determine which would be important to you. You can read more about our choice of Coursesites for this open coursehere.
By now you’ve realized it is easy to get overwhelmed. There is so much out there that you may suddenly feel you are drowning in information, resources and tools. Take your time, start simply and pick the resources and tools you feel comfortable with. When creating your course, start with the traditional steps. First, think about who your audience will be. Who do you expect to enroll in your course? Is it meant to be used within your college or will you open it up like a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)?
Create a general outline of how you envision the course progressing, learning activities and what content you want to include. Then, slowly starting exploring what content is available and think about what tools you might want to use.
Another thing to keep in mind is the interest and demand for the development of OER as a way to make education more accessible. There are several grant opportunities available such as the Hewlett Foundations Grantseekers program.
Listen to this Google Hangout with Carol Yeager and Betty Hurley-Dasgupta from Empire State College as they discuss their experiences with developing and offering open courses and MOOCs: