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You can print out a Worksheet to guide you through implmentation of the five steps.

Step one


List keywords based on your course objectives or student learning outcomes.


Health Course Textbook

For a typical Healthy Lifestyles or Health Education course, expected outcomes are that students will be able to:

  1. Appraise and assess public attitudes and behavior regarding health and disease .
  2. Recognize, examine and formulate the importance of immunizations .
  3. Recognize and assess public bias towards aging, diabetes, epilepsy, STDs , etc.
  4. Differentiate the major classifications of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  5. Examine and discuss the role of epidemiology in public health .
  6. Assess and analyze nutritional behavior.
  7. Identify the major means of transmission for communicable diseases.
  8. Identify and examine immunizations in relationship to immunity .
  9. Examine the three levels of health promotion / disease prevention .
  10. Identify, compare, and discuss normal versus abnormal patterns of behavior.
  11. Identify and compare the major classifications of drugs .
  12. Examine and appraise patterns of drug abuse .
  13. Compare cultural health behaviors and suggest associated consequences.

Keywords identified for a Healthy Lifestyles course are:

  • communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • immunizations
  • aging, diabetes, epilepsy, STDs
  • epidemiology
  • public health
  • nutrition
  • immunity
  • health promotion
  • drug abuse
  • cultural health behaviors  

Step two


Search for open content using the keywords you have identified. Several resources are available on the Internet that provide teachers with tools to identify and select open content for use in instruction.

Some of these are:

Also, see Discipline-Specific Content Sources , OER Public Domain Textbook Sources , and textbooks listed at OER Commons .


In order to locate open content for a health course, use search engines available on trusted U.S. Government sources of health information such as:

Step three


Select or create appropriate open content for your course based on the objectives and keywords.

As you search for OER using these tools and repositories, consider what criteria you will use to select appropriate OER for your own use. 

Make your selection based on criteria such as:

  • Quality of content, literary merit and format
  • Accuracy
  • Timeliness
  • Favorable reviews
  • Permanence/lasting value
  • Authority of author
  • Scope and depth
  • Physical quality
  • Formats available: print, CD-ROM, online, etc.
  • Reading level and writing style
  • Accessibility
  • Language(s)
  • Copyright restrictions on modification and reuse
  • Cultural relevance
    • Cultural factors include race, ethnicity, language, nationality, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, income level, and occupation.  Ensure that information is relevant to the intended students' social and cultural contexts.

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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