Assignment 1 : Additional Opportunity to Succeed
Write 500 words biography about a historical figure by drafting a 500 word biography using OER. Non-academic websites will not be used. Non-academic websites include, but are not limited to, encyclopedias, history.com and any website in which you cannot determine that author is a historian or that the information within the website has not been vetted. Write a 500 word essay on that person. Cite according to Chicago Manual of Style using footnotes. Include a Bibliography
1. Open the OER Textbooks and Ancillaries
2. Using either “Thematic US History Textbooks” or “Ancillaries” find a person who lived between 1880 and 2015 (they needed to have died by 2015).*
3. Search the Lumen Learning, General US History, and Required textbooks for direct and indirect information about your subject.
4. Then search the two main databases for information (Arise All Women Who Have Hearts and Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About History).
5. Finally, look at the list of Approved History Links.
*The following people cannot be selected for this project:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks or Any President
In at least 1000 words (4 double-spaced pages) answer the following using specific evidence from this class (readings, assignments, etc):
A. Did you know what OER was before taking this class? If so, what was your knowledge, understanding or experience in or with OER prior to taking this class?
B. How did you use OER in this class?
C. Based on your use of OER in this class, what is your position of the use of OER in college classes?
D. Life in HCCS allowed you to add your insights, your experiences, your voice to the growing list of students who have attended HCC Eastside (Or another campus if taking this course online). What did you feel like participating in this assignment? Did your participation in this assignment make you feel more connected to the History class? More likely to finish the class? Or at least happier with the class?
E. The Additional Opportunity to Succeed assignment had you create material to not only boost your grade but that went into the OER reference guide Our Story. Did your participating in this assignment, knowing that what you were doing would be used by future students, make you feel more connected to the History class? More likely to finish the class? Or at least happier with the class?
F. Based on your experiences in this OER-based class, would you be more or less interested in taking an additional class that is based on OER as opposed to for-profit books? Why or why not?
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