Session 7 — Content Creation and Working with Authors

@feb20-cohort Tomorrow, we’ll wrap up our session on accessibility and inclusive design and then turn to one of the most anticipated phases of OER publishing: content creation! Since we have a bit more to discuss tomorrow, I will request everyone to try to keep project updates concise and to the first 30 minutes. As usual, we’ll meet on Zoom (at our standard call link ) at 9am ET.

Here are the resources we’ll look at:

  1. Handout: Accessibility and Inclusive Design
  2. Slides: Accessibility and Inclusive Design
  3. Handout: Content Creation and Working with Authors
  4. Slides: Content Creation and Working with Authors

You’re all still welcome to share your feedback about the TSP. Everything/anything you say will be used to improve our and future cohorts’ interactions and experience.

Looking forward to seeing your responses, and of course, to catching up tomorrow.


In the Discussion Space – I opened the area, but couldn’t figure out how to attach these 2 files. So, can you give me guidance; and in the meantime, can you do this share for me; I don’t
want the other to wait until this evening. My next meeting is in a few minutes.


Gerry feb20-cohort


C: 863-670-0127

Concept Map BSN-SD Proposed-4.02.20_LH[1].docx (28.4 KB)


Hi Gerry, it looks like you were able to share these files with us all — thanks so much! Hope your other meeting went well.

Thanks for sharing the example concept map here. I like how you’ve used the concept map as a starting point for something like a glossary, with the concept definitions clearly stated. Hopefully @mfp11 and others will find this helpful!

Thanks Terryg, nice work organizing and defining concepts! I like organized tables, hope my co-authors include both definitions and tables like yours.

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Thank you everyone for keeping project updates concise today so we could finish up our sessions on Accessibility and Inclusive Design, and Content Creation and Working with Authors. A recap of the accessibility session is posted in this thread: Session 6 — Accessibility and Inclusive Design. And a recap for the content creation section is below.

Lesson Recap

Content creation is one of the most important stages in the process, as this is where subject-matter experts put together the bulk of the resource. Regardless of whether you are a solo author or working in a team, the work you do in this phase can make the next phases of editing, review, and formatting much easier. Organization will be easier if you’re a solo author, but you will want to explicitly solicit feedback or review comments to bring other perspectives to the mix. Conversely, small and large teams will have a varied mix but may require more management to keep everyone on schedule. Documentation, templates, agreements and clear workflows will help keep things consistent across different sections of the book (look at what we suggest you prepare in the slides). It’s worth noting that with a large team of authors, you may not need the voice to be identical throughout. Ultimately, what you have is a collaboratively authored resource, full of interesting, original, diverse perspectives, and that can be very important to highlight!

Providing your authors with a clear structure or pattern for their sections can help ensure some uniformity throughout the book. Keep in mind that the body of the book is where the bulk of the content will be added; frontmatter and backmatter sections can be added in later phases to round out the resource. Get started by running through your Table of Contents with the authoring team and identify areas of overlap. This process can determine when concepts will be introduced, making it easier to construct each section. Before writing, decide exactly how elements will be laid out in the section, using the pattern of openers, body of the section (with multiple integrated pedagogical devices), and closers (take a look at the Open Textbook Network’s list of each). Compare this layout with traditional textbooks, work with instructional designers, and test it out visually in a model chapter on your publishing platform. With all this set, you are ready to begin writing! Keep in mind some considerations as you go, and remember that you will continue to refine drafts during editing and review. Writing can take place over a long period, so do what you can to continuously engage and motivate all the authors on your team.

Chat Transcript & Resources

I had to take a closer look at the chat transcript after our session because there was a lot of good conversation taking place! Take a look at the resources that were shared in the chat:

I’ll also share a few resources related to Pressbooks, for those of you who might find it helpful:

Hope this helps! :slight_smile: