Authentic Materials Design for an Online OER Textbook: Seven Simple Steps

Session 6: 10:30–12:00 PM, Zoom Room 2


With the current necessity for online delivery of course content, increasing use of Open Educational Resources (OER), and the emphasis on accelerated instruction, it is clear that developing and employing engaging, topic-based, integrated-skills lessons and making online materials readily accessible to students and teachers are essential. This presentation provides a model for making materials development a more streamlined process. The presentation features materials the presenter developed and published on LibreTexts, an OER resource hub. Participants view a PPT explaining seven steps essential for effective integrated-skills, topic-based materials creation. Then participants review examples of materials and will be shown how to access and adapt them through the LibreTexts platform. The presentation will provide a demonstration of how to analyze authentic texts and create activities which support students' understanding of meaning, organization, and textual features. The presentation will conclude with a list of resources for creating online materials. Participants are engaged through polling. They will analyze authentic materials designed for an intermediate level class and ask questions. By the end of the presentation, participants will have a set of basic tools needed to create materials from authentic online videos or written texts. They will also have an understanding of how these project focused materials can be used in an online learning environment.


Brittany Zemlick

Grossmont College

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (90 minute)



Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Adult Secondary Education
  • English as a Second Language

Category Strands

  • Blended Learning
  • Distance Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Digital Equity and Access
  • Online Engagement and Assessment