Do It Yourself

Below is information to help you with each step of your exploration.  

  • Identify an OER that is right for you and your students
  • Adopt & Adapt:  these interact because you won’t adopt if you don’t think you can adapt the OER to your needs and you don’t need to adapt it if you aren’t going to adopt it.
  • Implement your adaptation during the semester and adjust if needed.

⇒ Remember! At any point, you can request a consultation with the Center for Teaching & Educational Technology or join one of our programs.   

Identify:  

  • Step 1: Identify an Open Education Resource (OER) that will work for you and your students.

Adopt & Adapt:

  • Step 2: Officially adopt your OER by emailing Steve Higginbotham, the bookstore manager, with the title, author, and URL.  
    • He will look into providing a cheap print version for your students who prefer print, as many do (either by printing & binding it or finding used copies, if applicable).
  •  Step 3: Adapt the resource to your course or your course to the resource before the semester it is used.
    • What kind of adaptions are needed?  Use these to prompt you for the type of help you might need (see below for help options).
      • Reorganizing your syllabus or creating new class period outlines?
      • Alter existing test banks to be consistent with the new source?
      • Type old test bank questions into a new system?
      • Adapt or generate homework assignments to be consistent with the new source?
      • Find Courseware to deliver homework management etc.
      • Find alternative sources or media to support specific topics or points students struggle with?
    • What kind of support do you need?
      • Guidance & Ideas? Come to one of our Working Sessions or email for a consultation.
      • Time? A stipend for off-duty compensation? Student Assistant hours to take on tasks to free you up on-duty?
      • Entry & Double-checking? Student Assistant hours to enter problems into a homework management system or to double-check for errors?

Implement:

  • Step 4: Implement the adaptation during the semester, identifying and making changes
    as issues arise.
    • What issues might arise during implementation? Use these to prompt you for
      the type of help you might need (see below for help options).
      • A technical problem occurs with your Canvas integration, your test bank or homework management system
      • The questions entered are wrong, you need to include more of them, or you need to add different types
      • The approach to a topic needs to be changed due to the way it is covered in the OER
      • It’s taking more time to implement than planned
    • What kind of support do you need?
      • Technical Support?
      • Guidance & Ideas? Come to one of our Working Sessions or email for a consultation.
      • Time? A stipend for off-duty compensation? Student Assistant hours to take on tasks to free you up on-duty?

Questions?

Email Kirsten Ely, Faculty Fellow for Affordable Learning, elyk@sonoma.edu