Open Education Resources (OERs) are surging in popularity – and for good reason. Free resources help students and educators alike, keeping costs down and creating a community oriented around shared ideas.
These resources vary in many ways, the most prominent of which is the variety we see in instructional focus.
Some OERs have a distinct process orientation, providing information and strategies to help students move through the writing process from brain storming to revision. Writing for Success is a good example of this kind of OER. It’s presented in the form of a textbook with chapters that progress through the phases of the writing process.
Other OERs and similar publications, like Philo Culturo, offer more of an a la carte approach, focusing on distinct elements of academic writing and inviting students to engage with composition as a practice with specific conventions, audience expectations, and aims.
In keeping with this focus, Philo Culturo has a whole section dedicated to one of the more technical elements of academic composition – how to create citations.
For many instructors scouring the web for OERs that offer clear and substantive materials on citation style, this should come as welcome news.