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The "OER Guide for WR 227 Instructors: Using Open Educational Resources (OERs) in WR 227 Courses" aims to help instructors make sense of and sort the massively decentralized and varying content of existing OERs available to support technical and professional writing courses. This guide is intended as a resource for introductory technical writing course instructors to adapt an existing course to integrate OER resources, or, to build a new course with all-OER student resources. This guide was developed for the specific use of WR 227 instructors at Portland State University and across Oregon; however, the material in the guide or its presentation is not tied to any particular course and is therefore also useful for instructors of introductory technical writing and professional writing courses more broadly.

Updates: In this fully revised edition, we’ve updated content and added even more OER references for, and links to, resources for instructors teaching open courses in technical and professional communication (TPC). This includes a new references section of OER syllabuses and supporting ancillary materials, as well as an expanded appendix of example open TPC syllabuses for both Introductory Technical Communication (WR 227) and Technical Report Writing (WR 327). For this edition, we’ve also launched a new knowledge-base website to make it easier for TPC instructors to find what they need.

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Portland State University Library


Open educational resources -- Handbooks and manuals, Technical writing, English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching, Technical writing -- Study and teaching


Copyright © 2020 Sarah Read, Jordana Bowen, and Henry Covey

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Publication of this OER guide was made possible by Portland State University Library PDXOpen Publishing Initiative Grant program.

Originally published in May 2020. This edition has been revised and published in September 2021.

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OER Guide for WR 227 Instructors: Using Open Educational Resources (OERs) in WR 227 Courses