How to Create your Own Open Educational Resources: Examples from Analytical Methods in Geosciences (AMiGEO)

Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 222
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Elizabeth Johnson, James Madison University
Juhong Liu, James Madison University

This workshop is for anyone interested in learning how to develop and publish open educational resources. Analytical Methods in Geosciences (AMiGEO) is an NSF-funded project to develop undergraduate-level, online, interactive, inquiry-based instructional modules for analytical techniques in the geosciences including: thin sections, petrographic microscopes, SEM/EDS, and Raman/FTIR spectroscopy. Participants will explore and review these existing materials, and will brainstorm ideas for adding to this textbook or creating open resources for their own courses. Workshop leaders will provide tips and guidelines for some technical aspects of creating online content, including creating or modifying diagrams and videos and where to publish content.

Internet access is needed to view the instructional materials, so please bring a laptop or tablet.


By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Investigate examples of an inquiry-based learning approach to online learning
  • Learn about tools to enhance the online learning experience, including videos and interactive diagrams
  • Consider options for where to publish open educational resources
  • Create a plan for developing your own module or chapter


1:30 Welcome! Introductions

  • What brings you to this session?
  • Connect to WiFi.
  • Make sure Adobe Flash is installed () and is allowed for the site. Try this example page and click on the lock in the top left of Chrome browser (next to url). Choose to "allow" Flash.
  • Consent forms for participation in NSF study.

1:40 Overview

  • What is process-oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL)?
  • Why use inquiry-based learning for online open educational resources? Can we achieve "process" online?
  • The AMiGEO project in a nutshell: content, process, and student learning goals.

1:50 Exploration of existing open educational resources for laboratory-based classes

2:15 Break

2:25 Group discussion: impressions of online resources

  • What do you think works well?
  • What do you think is challenging with this format?

2:40 Where can I publish my OER content?

2:55 Activity: create a template and plan for developing one module or chapter

3:45 Wrap-up and evaluation

4:00 Adjourn


Open Educational Resources

Introduction to Petrology (VIVA Open Publishing):

Analytical Methods in Geosciences (Lumen Learning Platform):

SERC Geochemical Instrumentation and Analysis:

Organizations and Publishing Sites

OER Commons:

LibreTexts: and for geosciences:



Tips for creating videos in the laboratory:

Tips on creating (correct!) closed captions on YouTube videos:

h5p examples and downloads: