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Writing Commons

September 21, 2013 by Courtney Santos

Joseph M. Moxley, University of South Florida

Writing Commons, the Open Education Home for Writers

Writing Commons reifies open education principles. In the first six months of 2013, over 500,000 users from every continent have consulted our Open Education Resource.

Writing Commons’ distinguished, international review board and editorial board follow traditional peer-review practices yet publish under an open, CC-BY-NC-ND license.

Writing Commons’ staff includes graduate and undergraduate students. The resource has served as the required text for MOOCs led by Duke University, the Ohio State University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The University of South Florida uses Writing Commons as well.

Writing Commons remediates the genre of the textbook, interweaving videos, podcasts, exercises, and quizzes.

Having been used by over a million users since inception, Writing Commons provides a model for peer-reviewed, open textbooks. The site’s founder has presented at numerous open education conferences on this project, blogs at Academe on the project, and he has a longer article on the project in press with Academe.

Our analytics illustrate global usage, including oppressive countries or countries where access to American-style instruction in writing pedagogy is difficult to obstain, such as China (21), United Arab Emirates (29), Serbia (50).

As a commons-based, peer production project, we seek ongoing development of this resource. Our peer review process is ongoing.

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