1. Decide On A Topic & Submit It To Human-Kind OER
Is there an issue you’d like to educate on? Perhaps you’ve seen a common problem or misconception that you would like to communicate accurate and true information on. Pick something near and dear to your heart. If you are feeling stuck, ask Human-Kind OER we have plenty of suggestions.
2. Define Your Target Audience
Your approach will vary depending on your target audience. Who would you like to design the resource for? Will you be focused on preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, young adults, adults, or older adults?
3. Choose A Format
Take into account different learning styles: Hands-on, visual, auditory.
To determine a format, think about how the resource will be used. Will it be online, in a classroom, a resource for shelters and animal rescues to use?
Some idea joggers:
- handout, pamphlet or brochure
- paper-based classroom activity or lesson plan
- online tutorial, vlog, video, blog post
- flyer or poster
- book, booklet
- coloring activity
- social media image or post
4. Collect Facts
Be sure to include only facts in the resource rather than popular memes with no evidence to pack them. Document your resources and include them when you submit your resource for review.
5. Keep It Inclusive
It is important that your resource reach as many people as possible. Take a look at your resource “through other people’s eyes.” Think about how someone with a disability or someone with a different background or culture might use your resource.
6. Can Your Target Audience Hear The Lesson?
- Keep it simple.
- Make it easy to relate to.
- Remove language that causes people to tune out.
e.g. should, shouldn’t, must
7. Add Visual Appeal
Add images or graphics to help grab attention. If you are not able to create your own, look for images shared under a Creative Commons license. Be sure to document where you got the image and give credit to the photographer or artist.
Places to look for images:
- ClipSafari https://www.clipsafari.com
- Foodies Feed https://www.foodiesfeed.com
- Free Images https://www.freeimages.com
- ISO Republic https://isorepublic.com
- Life of Pix https://www.lifeofpix.com
- Open Clip Art https://openclipart.org
- Unsplash https://unsplash.com
8. Try It Out
If you are able to test out your resource or take it for a trial run, you’ll be able to see it in action and confirm it is being received as you expected. It also gives you the opportunity to make any modifications you would like to see. e.g. We tried out our Facebook Spay-Neuter campaign in our own county and found people were eager to share the information allowing it to reach many people who needed the resources. https://www.facebook.com/SpayNeuterWakeCounty/
9. Have It Reviewed
Submit your final resource along with your permission to share it under the Creative Commons license.
We’ll review the resource to make sure it meets the following criteria before it is published.
- Easy the “hear”
- Factual and accurate
- Includes documented sources for information and images