Self-Publish Your Own Open Educational Resource and Empower Your Classroom

ID: 52226 Type: Full Paper
  1. Harry St. Ours, Montgomery College, United States

Wednesday, March 28 4:45 PM-5:15 PM Location: Banneker View on map

Presider: Dee Anna Willis, Northwestern State University, United States

Abstract: You probably have a complete textbook worth of materials locked up in handouts and syllabi, all ready to publish right now. Or perhaps you'd like to share those lecture notes and slideshows you’ve worked on for years, but just don’t know where to start. In this paper, Prof. Harry St. Ours presents the findings of his open educational resource (OER) project for the course Digital Tools for the Visual Arts, a cutting-edge program in digital design he has developed over the past 20 years at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington DC, at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, and at Montgomery College in Rockville Maryland. The DTVA Project includes a 600-page PDF open educational resource, a multi-touch electronic book offered free on the iBooks Store, a bespoke full-featured Website including all the course materials and an iTunes U massive open online course (MOOC) supported by Apple, Inc. and now serving over 7300 enrolled students. Anyone wishing to create their own OER should be armed with the knowledge they need to succeed and with a clear understanding of the tools and techniques used. This paper will explore the latest techniques in self-publishing with a review of the author’s case study.


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