These resources were collected for OER workshops held January 2018 in Oxford and Jackson, MS.

Workshop participants should come prepared with the following:

  1. Learning outcomes for each course to be developed.
  2. A laptop, to browse resources and actively develop your course.
  3. Your best work, as you will likely incorporate your own assessments, study guides, presentation materials, writing and other materials into your OER courses.

Workshop Facilitators

  • Drs. Robert Cummings, Stephen Monroe, and Jocelyn Tipton, University of Mississippi
  • Elizabeth Spica, Director of Teaching and Learning, Lumen Learning
  • Chris Coppola, Chief Product Officer, Lumen Learning

Workshop Materials & Resources

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Find complete courses and mix and match content from the Lumen course catalog.

Workshop Agendas 

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Workshop Powerpoint

Content Resources:

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Lumen OER Courses for

What are Lumen OER Courses?

Lumen Learning uses open educational resources (OER) to create well-designed, highly-effective digital course materials for general education and high-enrollment college courses. For a low-cost support fee, complete OER course materials with LMS integration, automatic grade return, content customization, personalized learning tools, technical and faculty support are provided. Free, unsupported versions of Lumen’s OER courses are available through their website.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, 125,000 students at over 150 colleges and universities used Lumen-supported OER course materials, saving an estimated $11.9 million on textbook costs.

Types of Lumen OER Courses

Lumen offers three different types of course packages, Waymaker, OHM, and Candela.

Lumen Waymaker

OER combined with high-touch personalized learning tools aim to strengthen metacognition and student success.

✓ Time-saving messaging tools to deepen student-instructor connections

✓ Personalized study plans to guide students

✓ Enriched OER course materials

✓ Data-driven learning design

Download: Waymaker Feature Guide

Overview: Lumen Waymaker

Lumen OHM

Designed by educators, Lumen Online Homework Manager (OHM) draws from thousands of interactive assessment questions to help students master math and other quantitative skills.

✓ Digital homework system for hands-on practice

✓ Customizable courses

✓ Immediate feedback for students

✓ Use with online, blended and emporium classes

Download:  OHM Feature Guide

Overview: Lumen OHM

Lumen Candela

With a variety of course materials, Candela is more than just a textbook — it’s an extremely affordable alternative to expensive textbooks at the college level.

✓ Open educational resources for 60+ courses

✓ Curated open content

✓ Access for every student

✓ Fully customizable learning materials

Download: Candela Course Catalog

Overview: Lumen Candela

Featured Courses

Learn more about some of Lumen’s leading OER courses.

Waymaker Introduction to Psychology

This comprehensive, ready-to-adopt Introduction to Psychology course provides thorough coverage of all topics covered in a typical introductory course, including biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social and personality psychology, and mental and physical health.

Video: Course Walkthrough

Waymaker Concepts in Statistics

Using highly interactive learning design, this ready-to-adopt Concepts in Statistics course teaches the fundamental principles of statistical inference. Simulations and lab-style synthesis activities invite hands-on exploration.

Video: Course Walkthrough

Lumen OHM College Algebra

This College Algebra course develops students’ understanding of complex algebraic principles. With the OpenStax College Algebra book as a foundation, this course augments learning with worked examples in text and video. Each module begins with real-world problems we can solve using concepts explored in that section, to engage students and provide context for how to apply math in everyday life.

Video: Lumen OER Math Overview

Waymaker Introduction to Business

This ready-to-adopt Introduction to Business course develops students’ understanding of business fundamentals with learning design structured around timely, real-world case studies and examples.

Video: Course Walkthrough

Waymaker English Composition I

This course develops students’ critical reading, writing, and research skills at the college level, with course design structured around essential parts of the academic writing process.

Video: Course Walkthrough

Lumen OHM Math for Liberal Arts

Lumen’s Math for Liberal Arts is designed to provide students with the mathematical skills necessary to fulfill a liberal arts degree. OER content combines curated text, videos, practice problems, and other learning activities, including real-world examples to provide context for how mathematical concepts apply in everyday life. 

Video: Lumen OER Math Overview

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