Our recent post Are You Ready to Remix Your Curriculum? outlined some of the problems to be overcome in the remix revolution, as well as several of the reasons that it is an inevitable part of the future of education. Remixing the curriculum – compiling resources from a variety of sources such as free online texts, proprietary information from publishers, and self-created media such as podcasts – is starting to push its way into K-12 and higher education. Get ahead of the curve with these tips for remixing your own online course materials.
Like any course development process, there is a good deal of research that goes into remixing the contents of a new or existing class curriculum. Beyond your own knowledge and expertise, providing high-quality resources for your students is the key to a successful class. This is just as true for a course which relies heavily or exclusively on free online resources. There is no need to dive right into the deep end though.
Consider including a small selection of remixed materials at first and expand each time you teach the class. Start shopping early and evaluate materials you find with the same eye towards fulfilling or supporting your course objectives that you would normally use. Where you look for these materials will depend on the content of your course, but some general places to start searching for learning resources, free texts, and videos are:
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