Instructional Materials: Learn More

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Instructional Materials: Learn More

Purpose: Instructors can choose from a wide arrary of instructional materials. The information presented here focuses on the importance of considering your learning objectives when selecting your instructional materials. The information here also emphasizes the importance of providing source references and permission, as well as introducing you to open educational resources.

Reviewing the material here will assist you in meeting the following objectives:

  • Develop an online course that incorporates eight general standards for quality online teaching.
  • Design an online course specifically for the education of XULA students.

  • Provide a variety of up-to-date and relevant instructional materials that match the stated learning objectives.
  • Provide source references and permissions for use of instructional materials.

Task: Review the materials below before moving on to the next activity.

Aligning Your Learning Objectives and Instructional Materials

If needed, please revisit the Learning Objectives: Learn More video for a review of writing clear and effective learning objectives. Once your learning objectives are written, you should select instructional materials that will best achieve those objectives. Too often we let a text drive what we teach, instead of choosing a text that meets our objectives.

Did you know? There are a vast number of sources for instructional materials, including publisher materials and Open Educational Resources (OER). OERs are resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that allows learners to use them for free.

Visit the XULA Library Guide on OERs which includes links to different OER repositories that you can review for OERs to adopt for your course. You are encouraged to consult with a librarian for assistance.

Providing Source References and Permissions

Whether you are looking for the perfect image to use in your course or looking for the right sound for a video, it is important to get permission, and more importantly, the right kind of permission to use works created by others. Whatever the media type, you need to have rights to use the material legally.

A Creative Commons (CC) license is a public copyright licenses that enables the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted "work". A CC license is used when an author wants to give other people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they (the author) have created.

Our curated list provides links to resources to help you understand what CC licenses are and how to use them.

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