Does Lumen have any additional resources for moving my class online?
The Lumen Team is expert in many things, including effective teaching and learning using open educational resources. Yet as institutions, faculty and students face tremendous uncertainty around the impact of COVID-19, it’s worthwhile to seek advice from experts from across the educational community to help with the challenges and transitions ahead.
In response to many of the general questions we’re getting about best practices for setting up courses and teaching online, we’ve prepared a curated list to share information and recommendations from some of our favorite sources.
How does your courseware work when a course is already in progress?
Lumen courseware is fully customizable. Once a course file is delivered into your Learning Management System (LMS) – specifically Canvas, Blackboard, D2L BrightSpace, or Moodle – you can customize any of the content. This means you can remove what you have already covered, adjust the remaining content to match your syllabus, and/or add any content you would like to incorporate.
Do you have courses that cover different term lengths?
Lumen courseware can work with virtually any term length because you can easily adjust the content to fit your course outcomes and duration. Faculty routinely use our course materials with 4-, 6-, 8-, 12-, 14- and 16-week terms.
Are Lumen course materials accessible?
Yes. Lumen courseware aims to adhere to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) Level AA Success Criteria, a standard that meets or surpasses requirements for Section 508 compliance. Standard design features include text readability via screen readers; alt-text for every image; quality captioning and transcripts for every video or multimedia piece; and text alternatives for interactives and simulations. Read our Accessibility Statement and download our Waymaker and OHM VPATS.
Does Lumen courseware work on mobile devices?
Yes, Lumen courseware works on any iOS or Android mobile device without having to install any apps or additional software. Simply use any common mobile web browser like Safari, Chrome, or Firefox.
How much do Lumen course materials cost?
Lumen’s standard pricing is $25/student per course. This low-cost support fee covers services that make it easier to use, teach, and learn with OER, such as LMS integration, editing capabilities, online homework, personalized learning tools, technical and faculty support. Special pricing and payment terms may apply to some institutions, including making Lumen course materials available at no cost to students.
Why are Lumen course materials so affordable?
Lumen courses are designed using open educational resources (OER)–learning materials that reside in the public domain or are licensed to allow them to be freely used and repurposed by others. Because our content doesn’t rely on the traditional (expensive) textbook model, we can offer very cost-effective course materials to faculty and students. We can also make quick, timely updates without waiting for multi-year publishing cycles.