Activity: “Create It”

In the previous module you adapted something that had already been created. Now it’s time to put your knowledge to work. In this activity, you’ll create and license something that you can use in your class to enhance, expand, augment, or replace something else—very specific instructions, right? The beauty of OER is that they’re OPEN—so, you’re free to create whatever you need to help your students reach learning outcomes!

So, for this assignment (your last) you will create your content, use the license chooser, select your license, and then submit it as an assignment. You will also “share” with your peers through a discussion board related to your content.  Here are the instructions:

  • Select a course level outcome from your course
  • If you do not already have them, then create one module unit outcome. Remember, when you get rid of your publisher’s text, you get rid of those little LO1, LO2, etc. in the front of the chapter.

Take the following example: in the official course outline, one of the course learning outcomes is “Calculate probabilities using both discrete and continuous probability distributions.” As the instructor, I know that, in order for students to meet this outcome, they will need to “Determine the type of distribution applicable to the data being used to determine probabilities.”

  • Now, based on your course and unit outcome, create original content that can be used to support student achievement of the outcome. This can be a PowerPoint, a chart, an assignment, a video—whatever you think is most closely aligned to the outcome and most effectively teaches it. (Remember, this is how your Excel spreadsheet is organized.) You don’t have to write an entire chapter/module—just get your feet wet!
  • Go to the Creative Commons License Chooser and select the license you want to give your content.
  • Give yourself attribution on the document, so that others will see it when you share your work. Follow the format you learned in an earlier module.
  • Next, go to the Discussion Board: “Create It” and post the following information in your initial thread:
    • Course
    • Course Learning Outcome
    • Module Unit Outcome
    • Description of OER Content
    • Why I believe the new content is on par with or better than traditional content
  • If you are willing to share at this point, we would LOVE for you to attach your new content to your post, but it’s not required!
  • Be sure to respond to several of your peers. Remember, we have never claimed that OER is better than traditional content . . . but the data shows that the thoughtful adoption of OER increases student success through retention and improves instruction through better engagement.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Example of “Create It”:

Course: BUS216 (Probability & Statistics for Business and Economics)

Course Learning Outcome: Calculate probabilities using both Discrete and Continuous probability distributions.

Module Unit Outcome: Determine the type of distribution applicable to the data being used to determine probabilities.

Description of OER Content: A flowchart allowing students to determine whether the distribution is a discrete or continuous distribution. The flowchart uses the characteristics of each distribution as the prompts for students to arrive at the appropriate distribution. License: CC-BY. This license was selected so that anyone can adopt this chart and modify it in a manner that would be applicable to the distributions being taught or to the terminology that a student has been exposed to during the course.

Why I believe the new content is on par with or better than traditional content:I believe this content is actually BETTER than what I was using before. Students got this same information over dozens of pages and had a hard time boiling it down and deciding what kind of distribution they were faced with. so they could make a decision about the type of distribution they were faced with. Using this flow chart, they can now identify the characteristics of the distributions when they encounter a word problem.