A Scan of Open Educational Resources (OER) Materials in High-Impact Higher Education Courses in Texas

A Scan of Open Educational Resources (OER) Materials in High-Impact Higher Education Courses in Texas

Overview

This report shares the results of an OER Gap Analysis completed by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The analysis identified free, openly licensed full courses and textbooks for 25 highly transferable, high-enrollment courses required for two-year or four-year degree paths in high-wage/high-demand fields. Most courses selected for the scan are also Texas Core Curriculum courses. Texas high-wage/high-demand fields were identified using data from the Texas Workforce Commission and included nursing, business, accounting, computer science, engineering, and health administration. The following courses needed for multiple degree paths in these fields were selected for the scan:

  • Science: Anatomy and Physiology I and II; Biology I; Chemistry I; Physics I
  • Math: College Algebra; Elementary Statistical Methods; Pre-Calculus; Calculus I; Calculus II
  • Social Sciences: Texas Government; Federal Government; General Psychology; Introduction to Sociology; Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics
  • Humanities: US History I and II; Introduction to Ethics; Introduction to Philosophy; Public Speaking; Composition I; Composition II
  • Business: Business Computer Applications; Principles of Finance

This report shares the results of an OER Gap Analysis completed by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The analysis identified free, openly licensed full courses and textbooks for 25 highly transferable, high-enrollment courses required for two-year or four-year degree paths in high-wage/high-demand fields. Most courses selected for the scan are also Texas Core Curriculum courses. Texas high-wage/high-demand fields were identified using data from the Texas Workforce Commission and included nursing, business, accounting, computer science, engineering, and health administration. The following courses needed for multiple degree paths in these fields were selected for the scan:

  • Science: Anatomy and Physiology I and II; Biology I; Chemistry I; Physics I
  • Math: College Algebra; Elementary Statistical Methods; Pre-Calculus; Calculus I; Calculus II
  • Social Sciences: Texas Government; Federal Government; General Psychology; Introduction to Sociology; Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics
  • Humanities: US History I and II; Introduction to Ethics; Introduction to Philosophy; Public Speaking; Composition I; Composition II
  • Business: Business Computer Applications; Principles of Finance