2010 marks Open.Michigan’s (http://open.umich.edu) second birthday (a small crowd cheers in the distance), and with that we thought we’d celebrate with a new website layout. A lot has changed for us (and our users) in the last two years, so we went to the whiteboard and started drafting up ideas. After a few meetings and some input from the community, we decided that our goals with this redesign were to:
- better explain what Open.Michigan is and what it does;
- help people find U-M open resources more easily;
- help people create and share open resources more easily;
- change language and font size to improve readability; and
- reorganize the site to improve general navigation.
So, explain yourself…
Open.Michigan has evolved
to provide a set of core services
to the University of Michigan community, and the global open community. Our main work has been facilitating the development and publication of OER through a number of methods, but we’re also bringing people together
who care about creating a more open institution.
Find all of our stuff…
The collection of resources
at Open.Michigan has been steadily expanding. Soon we’ll have a bundle of goodies from the Medical School to supplement content from the Schools of Information, Education, Public Policy, Public Health, Nursing, Dentistry, and the Colleges of Architecture, Engineering and Literature, Science and the Arts. Now it’s easier to find content – just click on “Find
” and start browsing through the various schools and colleges for resources.
Relearn how to create and share…
We’ve noticed over the last year that more and more individuals are not only looking for open materials for learning/teaching, but they want to create
more open materials. Our new strategy is to support those creators by providing sufficient guides on producing open content and helping them share it. We’ll be working on more information for people to do-it-themselves, while still providing expert advice and assistance when needed.
Browse around, read up, and contact us…
Every website needs some fine-tuning — and ours needed some anti-big-language-edits and less facade. We want you to read it, enjoy it, see (or hear) it, and of course, understand it. Also, we wanted you to meet our team. We are here to help you in whatever way we can. If something’s unclear or you have a specific question or you can’t access content for whatever reason, just give us a shout