Digital Citizenship meets Open Educational Resources: Local Government Open Textbook Project
Abstract: Today’s learners ride the open frontier between formal and informal learning. How can instructors empower students to develop capacity for informal learning with OER, and how can educators leverage OER for curricular learning goals? The paper discusses the advantages of using and producing open textbooks specifically in the context of digital citizenship – using digital media to foster active engagement in (local) government and public participation. The process of creating OER material is exemplified with the production of the 2019 textbook ‘Local Government in North Carolina’ (LGNC). The case study offers an overview of open content and creative commons production resources for multimedia content and e-books that match the specific educational requirements of fostering digital citizenship on a local government level.