Guide to Creating Open Educational Resources: A Humanities Approach

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Dickinson, Joshua
Lumen Learning
Open Educational Resource, Course Creation, Learning Platform, Course Design, Humanities
This Open Education Resource "goes meta" by being about itself. Taking a Humanities approach necessarily involves textual analysis, and so this is a short book of design tips from the point of view of this field of knowledge. The OER broadly focuses on tips, tricks, heuristics, and trade-offs as I attempt to encourage more faculty to engage in development of resources which work for them and their students. The tone is informal. Since the creation process is inherently chaotic, there is no step-by-step guide on offer. Instead, I focus on the experience of creating OERs, demystifying some of the supposed boundaries and offering cues and guideposts.
This brief OER guidebook is designed to help those instructors who may be struggling with adapting course work to new platforms or seeking to find a low-cost alternative to pricey textbooks. Its brief, readable sections cover everything from managing tone to time investments by instructors in their work. The text includes heuristics for checking one's progress and success.