Infographic Topic: Mining OER for Higher Ed Faculty

Over the last decade, millions of philanthropic dollars have been poured into OER development, which has yielded some outstanding and high quality open content.  The problem is mining this content is difficult and unfortunately becomes a barrier to adoption given the OER are seemingly anywhere. From textbooks to courses, repositories to individual websites, a ‘one stop OER’ search that’s continuously updated has always been an interest of mine.  My intent with this project is to create an infographic to share back with the OER community and continuously update as new OER are available.

For the past eight months I’ve been updating this slide I created:

It not only is lacking in what the user can actually do with the slide, but it offers little information about the OER, is too broad in scope, and lacks an easy user-interface. I want the viewer to be able to do more than simply view the infographic, I want them to use it over and over again as a tool in their OER toolkit.

With just a few weeks of visual design study under belt, I’m excited to get started with developing this infographic.  A few goals for this project are making it interactive, especially after reading Robby’s message about the Social Bowl 2014 , applying the knowledge from the lynda.com tutorials, including Design Aesthetics for Web Design, utilizing Scribus, and sharing, such as on a Pinterest board like the one I found today by Robert Farrow called OER Visualisations. The What means Creative Commons? infographic was a favorite (especially the way ND is depicted).

In the planning stage of the infographic, the following are important:

  • Audience: higher ed faculty in high enrollment courses, such as the “Introduction to ____” course.
  • Subject: highlight each discipline with links to source materials perhaps in a descending order from logo, to the title of the OER hyperlinked to the content, and finally an instance of the OER “at work” in context, such as in a course
  • Open License: to assist user in remixing open content
  • Consider Viewport variety: for mobile devices; download Bootstrap to build CSS for responsive web
  • Consider Pop-up Windows/Modal Windows: would keep clutter at bay and group the discipline information, although this may not be the most effective method based on criticisms

To the drawing board!

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