Developing an OER textbook : the fun, the frustrations, and the progress
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Hoping to improve on available options with a high quality, locally created free resource, the presenters received UM system funding and support to coordinate the creation of an open educational resource (OER) textbook. The OER would be for use in the graduate level class Organization of Information at the MU iSchool, the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies. The presentation begins by discussing the project’s initial goals and slow start, including practical limitations such as challenges of determining a platform and restricted performance of available options. The presenters will also describe the help they received through the MU office of Course Design & Technology, and additional support they might need. The OER textbook was partially rolled out during the spring 2020 semester. A complete Version 1.0 of the OER entirely replaced the commercially produced textbook in fall 2020, with additional edits to follow. This presentation will demonstrate the OER as it currently stands, providing a concrete look at how the authors interpreted OER functionalities and what might be done differently going forward. Finally, the presenters will also assess the use of the OER so far, including student reactions and subsequent edits, and they will describe future plans for its future rollout as a stand alone OER.
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