Open Educational Resources

OTL 604: Designing Curriculum for Online Instruction

Cheryl Saelee's Open Educational Resources Adoption Portrait

Abstract: These open course materials are being utilized in an Online Teaching and Learning course for graduate students by Chery Saelee at Cal State East Bay. These resources provide students with a variety of ways to engage with free materials that are available through our library . The main motivation to adopt free resources is to increase student success. In this age of information, there shouldn't be a cost barrier to information. Most student access the open these materials through our learning management system, Blackboard Ultra.

COOLforED is a service of the California State University-MERLOT program.
Partial funding provided by the State of California, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundationand the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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About the Resources


Description: I chose a variety of articles, videos and education sites to use for my course. I also used some resources from our library databases that are free and accessible to students.

Formats: Youtube and TedEd videos are used in this course as well as webpages, articles and PDFs journal articles. These resources can be downloaded to students personal devices with the exception of some TedEd videos.

Supplemental resources: The main sources of my resources are outside resources however, there are few images and videos I created and are fully accessible to students.

Cost savings: This course is zero cost to students and has saved an average of $35 per student.

Accessibility and diversity statement: Accessibility of course materials is very important in order to create an inclusive course. All videos have captioning and all documents and images in the course are fully accessible. 

About the Course

Course Number: OTL 604: Designing Curriculum for Online Instruction

Description:  Incorporate online teaching strategies into the design of an online course, including objectives, assignments, assessment, collaboration, participation. Adapt content to online technology and media. Design to accommodate varied learning modalities.

Prerequisites: None

GE credit: This is a graduate level course

Syllabus available here: Here is a link to the course syllabus. 

Learning outcomes:

1. Incorporate online teaching strategies and concepts into the design of an online course; including objectives, assignments, assessment, collaboration, participation, and course materials

2. Adapt content and other elements to online technology and media.

3. Apply appropriate teaching models for designated learning outcomes; accommodate varied learning modalities; apply varied instructional strategies.

Curricular changes:The course objectives stayed the same. I was able to find course materials to support the course objectives. I was able to create more engaging assignments because of the use of more diverse resources.

Teaching and learning impacts:

Collaborate more with other faculty : Yes, I have been able to collaborate with other OTL instructors on sharing resources 

Use wider range of teaching materials: Yes, this process allowed me to broaden my ideas of what course materials can be utilized 

Student learning improved : Unsure

Student retention improved : Unsure

Any unexpected results: I believe less students will drop out of this course knowing they will not have any additional financial stress. Graduate level OTL courses can cost a great deal of money because of software needed to complete some courses.

Sample assignment: Here is a  sample assignment and rubric. 

OER Adoption

OER Adoption Process

Textbooks can be incredibly expensive for students. Education should be available to all and there are already enough barriers for students to continue their education, especially continuing onto a graduate level program. By offering affordable learning materials/OER means one less barrier for students.  I chose a variety of articles, videos and education sites to use for my course.

Student access: Students are able to access all resources through learning management system, Blackboard. Students can also access resources through YouTube, TedEd and the CSUEB Library Databases.

Student Feedback: I haven't gotten any comments specifically about the content being free/affordable, but I had a student say that the course materials were well curated.

Cheryl Saelee

I am an Online Teaching and Learning professor at the Cal State East Bay. I teach Designing Curriculum for Online Instruction and Content Development for Online Learning.

Teaching Philosophy: I believe in offering courses that have real life applications and making sure to explain this to students! I like to always include the why of what we are doing.