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VIVA Open Course Planning Template

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The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Open Course Grants are awarded to educational professionals in the state of Virginia who wish to adopt, adapt, or create open or no-cost course materials that will greatly reduce the cost of those materials for students in courses in any discipline. Grantees are invited to remix this course planning template to design and share their OER project plans, course information and syllabus, and reflection.

Material Type: Syllabus

Authors: Megan Simmons, Sophie Rondeau, Genya O'Gara, Stephanie Westcott

American Government

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 American Government is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester American government course. This title includes innovative features designed to enhance student learning, including Insider Perspective features and a Get Connected Module that shows students how they can get engaged in the political process. The book provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of American government and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. American Government includes updated information on the 2016 presidential election.Senior Contributing AuthorsGlen Krutz (Content Lead), University of OklahomaSylvie Waskiewicz, PhD (Lead Editor)

Material Type: Full Course

Anthropology Mini Lectures: A collective resource for online teaching in the time of COVID19

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This is a collection of mini lectures created by anthropologists and those in conversation with anthropology as supplimental material to assist college and university instructors who were made to shift their courses online because of COVID19.For more information, see here.To contribute, please create an OER author account and send your name and OER registered email to

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lecture, Lesson Plan, Reading, Syllabus, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Zoe Wool

Guide to Byzantine Art

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The “Beginner’s guide” introduces foundational concepts, such as the chronology of Byzantine history, sacred imagery, and wearable objects. Subsequent sections are arranged chronologically, covering the Early Byzantine period (c. 330–700), the Iconoclastic Controversy (c. 700s–843), the Middle Byzantine period (843–1204), the Latin Empire (c. 1204–1261), and the Late Byzantine period (c. 1261–1453) and beyond. These sections include thematic essays on Byzantine art and architecture, essays that focus on key works (subtitled artworks in focus or architecture in focus), and essays that explore Byzantium’s relationships with other cultures (subtitled cross-cultural perspectives). Finally, we have included questions for study or discussion to encourage teachers, students, and other readers to engage with videos and other content on the Smarthistory website which could not be included in this book format but which we believe richly compliments what is presented here.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Anne McClanan, Evan Freeman

Open Pedagogy Approaches

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Open Pedagogy Approaches: Faculty, Library, and Student Collaborations offers a diverse compilation of OER and open pedagogy (OP) projects grounded in faculty, library, and student collaborations. Open Pedagogy Approaches provides ideas, practical tips, and inspiration for educators willing to explore the power of open, whether that involves a small innovation or a large-scale initiative.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Alexis Clifton, Kimberly Davies Hoffman

Motivating Students by Design: Practical Strategies for Professors, 2nd Edition 

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Motivating Students by Design (2018) explains how instructors can motivate students intentionally through the design of their courses. The two primary purposes of this book are to present a motivation model that can be used to design instruction and to provide practical motivation strategies and examples that can be used to motivate students to engage in learning. Based on decades of research, Dr. Brett Jones presents a framework to organize teaching strategies that motivate students. All of the strategies presented are followed by several examples, which provide readers with about 150 ideas for how the strategies can be implemented in courses. This book will be useful to graduate students and beginning professors, as well as professors who are more experienced and want to refine their instruction or try new strategies. It is helpful to know who is using this free PDF version of the book. Please take a minute to complete a brief informational survey at How to access this book This text is available as a whole book in PDF at A print-on-demand version is also available via Amazon at

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Jones Brett D

Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap

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Open pedagogy projects can be multi-faceted, single-semester, or multi-year, and can result in any number of student-authored/created/directed scholarly or non-scholarly outputs. These outputs could include, for example, a public-facing blog post, translating a Wikipedia page, creating a digital scholarly edition, socially annotating, revising an open textbook, and/or contributing to crowd-sourced transcription projects. The Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap is a module-based resource that will assist you in planning, finding support for, sharing, and sustaining your open pedagogy project, regardless of its size or scope. The Roadmap will take you through four modules which will guide you through the 5 Ss of open pedagogy projects: Scope, Support, Students, Sharing, and Sustaining.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Bryan McGeary, Christina Riehman-Murphy

Assessing Visual Materials for Diversity & Inclusivity

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This resource is a modification of the Washington Models for the Evaluation of Bias Content in Instructional Materials (2009) that is made available through OER Commons under a public domain license. This resource attempts to both update the content with more contemporary vocabulary and also to narrow the scope to evaluating still images as they are found online. It was developed as a secondary project while working on a BranchED OER grant during summer 2020. It includes an attached rubric adapted from the Washington Model (2009).

Material Type: Assessment, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Kimberly Grotewold

British Literature Through History

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This is an OER textbook with historical background on many great works of British literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period through the twentieth century. It contains links to free online versions of the texts, but the actual texts are not included in this book.

Material Type: Textbook