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Intro to the Muscular System (1 video)
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Dr. O discusses the various types of muscle contractions, emphasizing that not all contractions result in visible movement. The main types of muscle contractions mentioned are isometric, isotonic (which can be further divided into concentric and eccentric), and isokinetic (though he briefly touches on this, noting it requires specialized equipment). Isometric contractions involve no change in muscle length and no movement; for example, the postural muscles we use to stand or sit. Isotonic contractions result in a change in muscle length and include concentric contractions (muscles contract and get shorter, like when lifting a weight) and eccentric contractions (muscles contract and get longer, like when lowering a weight). Dr. O also mentions that eccentric contractions, while useful in muscle development, can cause muscle damage due to the nature of the contraction.

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Date Added:
09/21/2023
The Life Cycle of Mosses (Byrophytes) Lab
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This OER is a quick, hands-on lab that helps students explore the alternation of generations life cycle found in plants. Specifically, this lab explores the life cycle of bryophtyes. The plant strutures and the functions of those structures are discussed in the lab. This lab is intended to be used as instructional materials for biology teachers.Within this resource are required lab materials,an introduction to to mosses and their life cycle, an explanation of the life cyels, a moss life cycle diagram to label, and student exercises to assist in content mastery.

Subject:
Biology
Botany
Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Student Guide
Author:
Scarlet Estlack
Date Added:
05/05/2022
Next Generation Infrastructures
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Infrastructures for energy, water, transport, information and communications services create the conditions for livability and economic development. They are the backbone of our society. Similar to our arteries and neural systems that sustain our human bodies, most people however take infrastructures for granted. That is, until they break down or service levels go down.

In many countries around the globe infrastructures are ageing. They require substantial investments to meet the challenges of increasing population, urbanization, resource scarcity, congestion, pollution, and so on. Infrastructures are vulnerable to extreme weather events, and therewith to climate change.
Technological innovations, such as new technologies to harvest renewable energy, are one part of the solution. The other part comes from infrastructure restructuring. Market design and regulation, for example, have a high impact on the functioning and performance of infrastructures.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Reading
Provider:
Delft University of Technology
Provider Set:
Delft University OpenCourseWare
Author:
Delft University of Technology
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Online Assessment Strategies
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Informative guide for educators and learners about various online assessment strategies. Explore diverse assessment tools, techniques, and best practices to enhance learning engagement. 

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Student Guide
Author:
Jonathan Kinsey
Sabrina Chapman-Terry
Date Added:
09/27/2023
Online Program and Course Design Rubrics
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This infographic provides an overview of different rubrics and standards used to evaluate the quality of online programs and course design at universities. It lists 7 major rubrics/standards:Quality Matters Rubric - Widely used rubric to improve and certify quality of online courses.Anthology Exemplary Course Program Rubric - Rubric focused on student experience and outcomes.University of Illinois ION Professional Programs Rubric - Rubric tailored for evaluating professional development programs.SUNY Online Course Quality Review Rubric - Rubric used within SUNY system to review online courses.SHSU Online Course Design Rubrics - Custom rubrics used at Sam Houston State University.Cal State Online Course Rubrics - Custom rubrics used within California State University system.Penn State Online Course Design and Review Rubrics - Custom rubrics used at Penn State.The infographic provides a useful overview of the different standards used to evaluate online course and program quality.

Subject:
Digital Information Technology
Education
Educational Technology
Electronic Technology
Higher Education
Open Educational Resources & Practice
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
Ruth Chisum
Madelyn Kilgore
Date Added:
09/27/2023
Open Access and Scholarly Publishing @ UNO
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To understand Creative Commons and the licenses you need to have a basic understanding of copyright.

Copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted to a creator preventing others from copying, distributing, publicly performing, adapting, or doing almost anything else except read/view/listen to a work without the copyright holder's expressed permission. Its purpose is to protect the creator’s rights for a certain period and is granted in our constitution. Copyright, in the United States, is automatic from the moment something original is set in a tangible form that can be perceived by other humans or machines, meaning the moment is written down, recorded, performed for others, etc. Copyright lasts a long time and is balanced between a holder's intellectual property rights and public interests. These public interest exceptions are for parody, criticism, and for a disability as well as anything that falls under Fair Use or the TEACH Act. Copyright is also limited since you cannot copyright facts, figures, or ideas - just the expressions of those things. It also doesn't cover intellectual property that is better protected by patent or trademark law (think inventions or branding).

Subject:
Open Educational Resources & Practice
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Unit of Study
Author:
Jenny Tobler-Gaston
Date Added:
10/20/2023
Parallel reinforced learning: an all-in-one AI solution
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This resource is a video abstract of a research paper created by Research Square on behalf of its authors. It provides a synopsis that's easy to understand, and can be used to introduce the topics it covers to students, researchers, and the general public. The video's transcript is also provided in full, with a portion provided below for preview:

"Researchers from China have pooled together some of the most powerful techniques in machine learning to create the ultimate control system. Successfully deployed in AI-regulated hybrid electric vehicles, the framework could grant other autonomous systems unprecedented levels of control and foresight. Machine learning is booming. And arguably the most popular technique in this branch of artificial intelligence is deep reinforcement learning. Loosely modeled after our brains’ reward system, deep reinforcement learning has enabled machines to reach or even surpass human-level performance in various tasks. Those tasks range from the trivial, like playing Go or video games, to the possibly life-saving, such as detecting firearms from video. But deep reinforcement learning algorithms have their limitations. For one, they generally lack the ability to take lessons learned in one task and apply them to another..."

The rest of the transcript, along with a link to the research itself, is available on the resource itself.

Subject:
Computer Science
Information Technology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
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Research Square
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Date Added:
05/23/2024
Personality Theory in a Cultural Context
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Written by Lansing Community College Psychology professor Dr. Mark Kelland, this book covers general personality theory, with an emphasis on cultural aspects affecting personality development. There is also a section focusing on making positive choices in the development of one's personality from a number of different cultural/philosophical perspectives.

Subject:
Psychology
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax CNX
Author:
Mark Kelland
Date Added:
11/04/2015
Poster session - AI at OER Commons: Supporting OER Search and Discovery
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With over 305,000 open educational resources cataloged on OER Commons since 2007, ISKME works to make learning and knowledge sharing more participatory, equitable, and open, in pursuit of a more just society.

Those resources don’t describe themselves, though. The metadata of every resource in OER Commons was put together by someone before it got added to our collection, and then a librarian at ISKME reviewed it for quality – and that’s a lot of work, both in and out of house!

How much work? Well, if a librarian were to spend just five minutes on each record that ever found its way into our collection, that would take 25,433 hours. That’s enough time to…

- do 123 round trips to the moon (time to finally take that leave you’ve been saving)

- get 3,178 full nights of sleep (unless you’re a cat, then it’s only 1,413)

- walk 8 times from Cape Town to Copenhagen (we’re gonna need a bigger passport)

- work full-time for over 13 years (don’t worry, that excludes 4 weeks vacation)

All of that to say, metadata takes time.

It can be a challenge to balance metadata creation with other tasks like maintaining existing records, curation work, and supporting educational partners with curation. As such, we’re always on the lookout for tools and techniques that boost our capacity without compromising quality.

In 2023 and 2024, we’re testing out how generative AI tools like large language models can support our work in the OER landscape. This poster highlights some of the places where we’ve had successes, along with possible future applications that we think are both useful and doable.

Subject:
Computer Science
Education
Information Science
Information Technology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Date Added:
05/23/2024
Preparing For Your First Online Exam
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This infographic provides valuable tips for students to enhance their experience in online exams that can be deployed directly into the course. These tips prioritize the student's experience by minimizing technical issues and ensuring a smoother learning journey. 

Subject:
Educational Technology
Higher Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
Donald Modisette
Daniel Walker
Date Added:
09/28/2023
Pressbooks and Canvas
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Pressbooks is an Open Textbook platform. This Open (Canvas LMS) course demonstrates various methods of placing an open Pressbooks textbook in Canvas, including as a Navigation menu item and as links, PDFs or pages within Modules. It also includes various methods of providing students with a print version.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
Denise Dejonghe
Date Added:
10/19/2021
Principles of Chemical Science, Fall 2008
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"This course provides an introduction to the chemistry of biological, inorganic, and organic molecules.ĺĘTheĺĘemphasis isĺĘon basic principles of atomic and molecular electronic structure, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox equilibria, chemical kinetics, and catalysis. In an effort to illuminate connections between chemistry and biology, a list of the biology-, medicine-, and MIT research-related examples used in 5.111 is provided in Biology-Related Examples. Acknowledgements Development and implementation of the biology-related materials in this course were funded through an HHMI Professors grant to Prof. Catherine L. Drennan."

Subject:
Chemistry
Education
Physical Science
Material Type:
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lecture
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Catherine Drennan
Elizabeth Vogel Taylor
Date Added:
01/01/2008
Principles of Radiation Interactions, Fall 2004
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Explores the interaction of radiation with matter at the microscopic level from both the theoretical and experimental viewpoints. Emphasis on radiation effects in biological systems. Topics include energy deposition by various types of radiation, including the creation and behavior of secondary radiations; the effects of radiation on cells and on DNA; and experimental techniques used to measure these radiation effects. Cavity theory, microdosimetry and methods used to simulate radiation track structure are reviewed. Examples of current literature used to relate theory, modeling, and experimental methods. Requires a term paper and presentation. The central theme of this course is the interaction of radiation with biological material. The course is intended to provide a broad understanding of how different types of radiation deposit energy, including the creation and behavior of secondary radiations; of how radiation affects cells and why the different types of radiation have very different biological effects. Topics will include: the effects of radiation on biological systems including DNA damage; in vitro cell survival models; and in vivo mammalian systems. The course covers radiation therapy, radiation syndromes in humans and carcinogenesis. Environmental radiation sources on earth and in space, and aspects of radiation protection are also discussed. Examples from the current literature will be used to supplement lecture material.

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Physical Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Lecture Notes
Syllabus
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Coderre, Jeffrey A.
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Principles of the Global Positioning System, Spring 2012
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The aim of this course is to introduce the principles of the Global Positioning System and to demonstrate its application to various aspects of Earth Sciences. The specific content of the course depends each year on the interests of the students in the class. In some cases, the class interests are towards the geophysical applications of GPS and we concentrate on high precision (millimeter level) positioning on regional and global scales. In other cases, the interests have been more toward engineering applications of kinematic positioning with GPS in which case the concentration is on positioning with slightly less accuracy but being able to do so for a moving object. In all cases, we concentrate on the fundamental issues so that students should gain an understanding of the basic limitations of the system and how to extend its application to areas not yet fully explored.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
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Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Herring, Thomas
Thomas Herring
Date Added:
01/01/2012
Prying open AI’s black box reveals insights into why cancers recur
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This resource is a video abstract of a research paper created by Research Square on behalf of its authors. It provides a synopsis that's easy to understand, and can be used to introduce the topics it covers to students, researchers, and the general public. The video's transcript is also provided in full, with a portion provided below for preview:

"Artificial intelligence is making rapid advances in medicine. Already, there are machine learning algorithms that can outperform doctors in some medical fields. There’s only one fairly big problem: experts aren’t quite sure how these algorithms work. While designers know full well what goes into the A-I systems they build and what comes out, the learning part in between is often too complex to comprehend. To their users, machine learning algorithms are effectively black boxes. Now, researchers from the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project in Japan are lifting the lid. They’ve developed a deep-learning system that can outperform human experts in predicting whether prostate cancer will reoccur within one year. More importantly, the deep learning system they developed can acquire human-understandable features from unannotated pathology images to offer up critical clues that could help humans make better diagnoses themselves..."

The rest of the transcript, along with a link to the research itself, is available on the resource itself.

Subject:
Health Sciences
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
Research Square
Provider Set:
Video Bytes
Date Added:
05/23/2024
SMART Goals for Online Course Design
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A SMART goal is a comprehensive target statement used to guide planning and performance. In online course design, SMART goals ensure clarity, focus, and accountability, helping educators and course designers create effective and well-structured learning experiences tailored to student needs and outcomes. This infographic describes the elements that make up S.M.A.R.T. goals and provides an online course example. **Note that this item is intended to be used in conjunction with the Needs Assessments: A How-To Guide for Online Instruction handout.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
Jonathan Kinsey
Shylo Brandenburg
Date Added:
09/27/2023