FLLITE lessons may be grouped and articulated to create a collection, for example, a supplemental reader to a textbook. Teachers often wish to change the readings included in the commercial textbooks used at their institution, but constrictions on the use of copyrighted texts and the time involved in large-scale modification of a textbook can be daunting. With FLLITE, instructors can collaborate on the creation of a custom-made “reader” by either devising and sharing open lessons for copyrighted texts or open lessons for open texts found on the internet. FLLITE offers the tools and a platform for publication of OER so that end users can more readily develop collections to meet their local needs at no additional cost.
A real life example of this scenario is Le littéraire dans le quotidien created by Joanna Luks, French Coordinator at Cornell University. Joanna wished to adopt and adapt the OER textbook, Français interatif, as the core set of materials at the beginning levels for the development of speaking, listening and grammaring skills. However, because she also wished to take a different approach to literacy and symbolic competencies, she decided to create her own reader. The result was COERLL’s publication of Le littéraire dans le quotidien, a 14 module collection of open texts and lessons available in Google Docs with each chapter downloadable as a separate, editable Word document (see below) or bundled as a print-on-demand textbook available via Lulu.com.