Remix is the gold-standard of OER effectiveness, but technical barriers have made it hard to do, even when author-educators want to share their content and reuse and adapt high quality open resources. OERPUB has been working on an open-source editor to support creating rich open textbooks that can be remixed and shared. The editor supports editing mathematics, embedding multimedia, and is supportive of creating content that is accessible to learners with special needs. In addition to creating and testing the editor, we have been studying author behavior and are researching best practices for motivating author-educators to create semantically rich OER that is easy to share and remix. Co-presenter, Siyavula has been creating a full suite of open textbooks, adopted country-wide in South Africa, building a coordinated interactive and personalized practice service, and working with educators to adapt and translate OER.
We will be showing results of using the editor to create open textbooks and adapt and remix existing textbooks from Siyavula and Connexions. Teachers in South Africa are using the editor to create a custom textbook from existing Siyavula OER textbooks combined with teachers personal content, other open textbooks and resources, and rich media. We will be showing multiple versions of the editor used by Siyavula, Connexions, and OERPUB as well as other partners, highlighting the open-source nature and adaptability of the editor.
We will also be reporting on studies of how well authors understand the editor and what motivates them to create well structured documents. We are presenting several different motivations to authors and testing their effect on the content that authors create. This research is attempting to answer the question, which motivations and explanations are better at encouraging educators to create OER that is easier to remix, discover, and repurpose? The results of the research be broadly useful for designing tools for remix and training author-educators.