Author Archives: danallosso

OER Rant #3

Another History in 5-or-so Minutes episode about editing Openstax OER US History textbook. Is my beef style or substance? You decide.

Editing OER for Style & Substance

I was going to spend five or six minutes talking about improving the style of a very clunky section of the Openstax OER text as I remix it for my spring class. Then I had to add another six minutes to address some problems I had with the substance.  

Remixing an OER textbook

This is a 12-ish minute long episode of History in 5-or-so Minutes, in vlog format this time, in which I talk about beginning to rewrite the Openstax US History textbook. I’m going to use this as the basis of a US History I class this spring, but not before I revise it sunstantially. I’ll discuss […]

November 18

CC Licensing for Collections and Remixes

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

October 27

CC License Flavors

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The Creative Commons license itself comes in several flavors, depending on how many of the rights normally included in “all rights reserved” you want to retain, and which ones you want to be more flexible on. Each of these licenses exist in three […]

October 23

Outline of my new #EnvHist course

  As part of preparing content for this Spring’s “People In the Environment” section I’m teaching on American Environmental History, I’m “porting” my textbook over to a full-on OER (open educational resource). This should allow me to make the content available to students in a less expensive and more flexible version, in both print and […]

October 19

Zotero Groups & Fair Use

  As I’m beginning to prepare for my American Environmental History course next semester, I’ve started a Zotero Group containing a bibliography of some of the books that contain chapter readings and some journal articles I’m going to assign, or that are available for students working on term papers. So far, these are just books […]