Writing Skills Lab – Lumen

Designed to supplement college composition courses, the Writing Skills Lab focuses on the rhetorical content and strategies that are the baseline of effective college writing but also tend to give students trouble. The skills lab gives students a way to master these concepts and skills in small bites, through practice opportunities and targeted feedback. Instructors can have students work through the material at their own pace or assign portions that align with what they’re covering in class.

Lumen OER courses apply learning science to engage students and better support the learning process. Lumen materials aim to deliver an active learning experience. They include text, images, videos, assessments, directed feedback, practice questions, simulations, and other interactives that invite students to apply their knowledge, improve their understanding, and perform better. Term over term, Lumen’s Waymaker courseware makes it possible to use learning data to identify where content improvements are needed. We work collaboratively with faculty and subject matter experts to develop and test iterative, continuous improvements aimed at increasing efficacy and learning.

Contact your Program Chair to let them know that you’re interested in adopting the course, and to confirm the appropriate Banner Designation: OMPF.

Writing Skills Lab is available as a Waymaker course.

  • Waymaker: User-friendly digital courseware with data-driven learning design, personalization, and messaging tools that can increase student engagement, persistence, and passing rates.

Developed By

This course was developed by faculty at the University of Mississippi, with portions from Lumen Learning’s English Composition I: Process-Based course.

IMPROVING AFFORDABILITY AND STUDENT SUCCESS

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HOW TO ADOPT AN OER COURSE

  1. Review course materials:  Click on the button “Review Course Content and Outcomes” above to view the content in Canvas.
  2. Approval:  Discuss and receive approval from your Program Chair.
  3. Adopt Appropriate Banner Designation:  Contact your campus course builder to add one of the following:
      • A) OMSF, Open Material Selection Fee: $15 OER materials (Candela)
      • B) OMCF, Open Material Course Fee: $15 OER course package (Candela + course)
      • C) OMPF, Open Materials Platform Fee: $30 OER platform package (Waymaker or OHM only)
      • D) OMPC (Open Materials Platform Course): $30 OER platform (Waymaker + course)

OER COURSES FOR IVY TECH

Ivy Tech has partnered with Lumen Learning to design courses using open educational resources (OER) that improve learning and replace expensive textbooks in high-enrollment subjects. With a cost of just $15-$30 per enrolled student, these courses often surprise faculty members by their combination of quality, ease of adoption, and affordability. This fee guarantees day one access to course content for students. It also funds Ivy Tech’s future OER development and the technical support and OER expertise provided by Lumen.

Ivy Tech’s OER initiative is lead by an OER Cross Discipline Team made up of program chairs, department chairs and deans from across the College. It was formed in 2016 to prioritize courses for the transition to OER, and to oversee quality in the course development process. Ivy Tech partners with leading OER provider Lumen Learning to support content curation, creation, and delivery of OER content.

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FOR INSTRUCTORS

  • Ready-to-Adopt: Lumen provides easy-to-customize course materials that work seamlessly inside Canvas and have the supplemental resources that open content doesn’t always have, like quiz banks, PowerPoints, assignments, and automatic grading, saving you time. Many courses include a pacing guide, to assist in adjusting term length.
  • Affordable: We work with institutions to consider payment options that best support their goals for access, affordability, and student success. We offer multiple options that fit easily into existing administrative and funding processes and the price ranges from $15-$30 per student, per course.
  • Student Engagement: Lumen courseware includes interactive simulations, practice questions, online homework, personalized learning tools, and other learning activities to engage students and help them become better learners.

See OER pioneer David Wiley’s overviews of Lumen courseware.

DETAILS ABOUT LUMEN COURSES

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What’s Waymaker?

User-friendly digital courseware with data-driven learning design, personalization, and messaging tools that can increase student engagement, persistence, and passing rates.

  • Personalized study plans
  • Texts and supplemental materials
  • Real-time feedback
  • Easier communication & connection
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What’s OHM?

Lumen’s Online Homework Manager (OHM) is a flexible, LMS-integrated math homework engine with learning content and activities you tailor to fit your students’ needs.

  • Instruction & homework system
  • Customizable courses
  • Immediate feedback for students
  • Ongoing faculty support
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What’s Candela?

Extremely affordable and highly customizable e-book with curated text, video, interactives, and other learning materials to replace expensive textbooks.

  • 20 courses customized specifically for Ivy Tech students
  • OER for 60+ courses
  • Customizable curriculum