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Best Practices in Designing Courses with Open Educational Resources

1st Edition

By Olena Zhadko, Susan Ko


176 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Best Practices in Designing Courses with Open Educational Resources is a practical guide that assists faculty and institutions looking to adopt and implement OER and to foster meaningful, effective learning experiences through the course design process. Chapters loaded with tips, case examples, and guidance from practitioners advise readers through each step necessary for sustainable OER initiatives, from preliminary planning and course redesign through teaching, learning, and faculty development.

Written by two authors with direct experience in training higher education professionals to use OER, this is a comprehensive resource for faculty, instructional designers, course developers, librarians, information technologists, and administrators hoping to rethink and refresh their curricula by moving beyond traditional textbooks. An authors’ website expands the book with resources, templates, and examples of implementation models, including faculty development workshop OER materials that can be adopted by readers.


This book provides an accessible and excellent synthesis of best practices in instructional design with Open Educational Resources (OERs). It is essential reading for anyone wanting to harness the real potential of OERs for learning, teaching and assessment. A strong case is made for infusing OERs throughout the curriculum as part of a wider commitment to supporting an open educational culture. Thus, the book will be of strong interest to practitioners, educational leaders and policy-makers alike as the openness movement continues to challenge and help us reimagine traditional educational models.

Mark Brown, Ph.D., Director, National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, Ireland

In Best Practices in Designing Courses with Open Educational Resources (OER), Zhadko and Ko offer one of the most concise and approachable resources to OER that I have encountered. By sharing a range of perspectives from instructors across disciplines, and by offering practical solutions to common OER challenges, Zhadko and Ko have created a book that all instructors can benefit from.

Katie Linder, Ph.D., Research Director, Oregon State University, Ecampus, USA

The creation, management, and adoption of Open Educational Resources has been a cottage industry for many years and is now a maturing enterprise in higher education. This book provides a comprehensive educational roadmap to the many issues that administrators, educators, and students need to consider when planning and implementing OER strategies within their institution. Don’t fall into the "not invented here syndrome", but learn from the thoughtful organization and perspectives on OER presented in this book so you and your colleagues can improve, scale, and sustain your future with OER. Whether you’re just getting started with OER or have been at it for years, use this resource to reflect on your plans and actions to free learning for all.

Gerry Hanley, Ph.D., Executive Director of MERLOT( and SkillsCommons (

"Teaching faculty and those colleagues (e.g., instructional designers) who work collaboratively with faculty daily will appreciate the refreshing emphasis by Zhadko and Ko on practical OER implementation strategies for faculty who want to support better student learning through less expensive instructional materials but who are not themselves "OER purists." While eschewing unrealistic idealism as an unhelpful obstacle, the authors nevertheless align with the aspirational goals of OER and open education. Centering on the critical role of course design in OER success and offering much faculty-friendly advice, including a very helpful OER course planning document, Zhadko and Ko admirably address the broader context of institutional OER initiatives (e.g., faculty development, support resources, achieving scale, etc.). Going beyond content considerations, these authors also offer perspective on student experiences with OER and stay focused on how willing faculty can make the teaching and learning experience richer through the careful integration of well-designed OER. Perhaps most refreshing, though, is the parting admonition from Zhadko and Ko not to "oversell" OER if one is truly seeking to be successful."

Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D., Executive Director of the Center for Distributed Learning at University of Central Florida, USA, and co-host of TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast

"This is the book I wish I would have had to read when I first got started with OER. The authors provide a comprehensive look at the different types of OER, how to get started, and the ways in which various parts of the university can support this work. Throughout the text are examples of OER approaches from people in diverse disciplines and roles. It’s like getting to have a conversation with experts who have navigated the challenges and know how to leverage the opportunities. There are also abundant resources and tools included, which make it that much more possible to put the ideas from the book into action."

Bonni Stachowiak, Ed.D., Dean of Teaching and Learning at Vanguard University, USA, and host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast

Table of Contents

Part I: Overview 1. Introduction to OER: What’s It All About? 2. Before You Begin: the OER Essentials Part II: Course Design 3. Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring 4. Plan Out Your Course with OER 5. Designing with Student Engagement in Mind Part III: Teaching and Learning 6. Teaching with OER 7. Learning with OER: Student Voices in OER Part IV: Scaling Up 8. Support and Planning 9. Faculty Development 10. Challenges and Possible Solutions

About the Authors

Olena Zhadko is Director of Online Education at Lehman College, City University of New York, USA. She has nearly 15 years of experience providing leadership in online education and innovative use of technology in teaching and learning.

Susan Ko is Faculty Development Consultant in the Office of Online Education and Clinical Professor in the History Department at Lehman College, City University of New York, USA. She is the author of Teaching Online: A Practical Guide, a leading book in the field of online teaching, and the series editor for the Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning series. She has more than 20 years of online teaching and faculty development experience.

About the Series

Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning

Online education continues to explode as a diverse group of higher education institutions and non-profit and governmental entities adopt both fully online and blended learning. As a result there has likewise been tremendous growth in the need for special preparation and training for instructors in the methods and approaches to teaching online – moving beyond the emphasis on software training that once comprised a large portion of online teaching training. Many instructors seek introductory, yet comprehensive professional development books that coincide with the next stages in their online teaching careers. While they are interested in principles and tips that are grounded in evidence-based research, they do not necessarily want to wade through research in order to formulate the applications that constitute best practices.

Enter Routledge’s Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning series, which provides in-depth coverage of focused areas or issues educators might confront in the ever-changing environment of online teaching and learning. Based on the solid experience of expert practitioners and communicated in a jargon-free, popular style, titles in this series will address the most current issues and trends in online teaching and learning. Each title is designed to be rich in examples drawn from experienced, real-life online instructors, exemplifying a best practices approach and lending themselves to easy application by the reader.

The Best Practices concept provides a unifying element in the series and offers more in-depth coverage than existing series. By covering both depth and breadth of content books in the series is introductory enough to be of interest and readily apprehended by those relatively new to online education but still rigorous and example-based to appeal to those seeking further professional development and knowledge in this area.

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