I'm very sold on the idea of using OERs (Open Educational Resources) -- they save students money, and they allow all students to have immediate access to course materials. The downside is that some students seem less engaged with these types of course materials; I think this is because they have been conditioned to the ideas of a textbook.
So, my approach to promoting active learning and student engagement with OER materials was to develop Structured Learning Plans (see attached files for my HUM225 online course -- note, students receive these one part at a time, which is less overwhelming than the enormous files I attached here!)
I designed these SLPs to clearly direct students (through links backed up by citations) to the materials that they need to read and then immediately follow up with an activity that requires that students use the materials they just read. My hope is that this will help them build the learning approach that will help them succeed.
I placed my results in the comments section -- "The Results are In!"