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Advancing an Ecosystem for  Open Educational Resources:  OER in Texas Higher Education
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This report presents the results of a biennial independent survey done by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) commissioned by the Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas (DigiTex), in collaboration with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), to examine the landscape of Open Educational Resources (OER) programs, policies, and practices at higher education institutions in Texas.

Subject:
Higher Education
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Amee Godwin
Anastasia Karaglani
Cynthia Jimes
Judith Sebesta
Kylah Torre
Michelle Singh
Ursula Pike
Date Added:
12/20/2021
Authoring Open Textbooks
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This guide is for faculty authors, librarians, project managers and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education and K-12. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Open Textbook Network
Author:
Anita R. Walz
Caitie Finlayson
Cody Taylor
Deb Quentel
Dianna Fisher
Karen Bjork
Karen Lauritsen
Linda Frederiksen
Melissa Falldin
Ralph Morelli
Shane Nackerud
Date Added:
01/01/2017
Biology I for Science Majors
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The course introduces students to the nature of life, concepts of biochemistry, metabolism, genetics, cellular and molecular biology. Students will learn about the various techniques used to study biology - cloning, gene editing and the exciting field of Genetic Engineering.This Open Education Resource Core Curriculum course was developed with funding from Texas Higher Education Board - Open Educational Resources Grant Program (OERGP) 2018-2019 RFA # 20337.

Subject:
Higher Education
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Veronica Amaku Ph.D.
Date Added:
08/23/2020
Canvas Commons Course - Guide for OER Specialists
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This course is a guide for OER specialists who are looking to establish a workflow, locate openly licensed resources, create accessible content, and produce openly licensed materials--especially textbooks--in an organized format. The course was developed under an Open Textbooks Pilot grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
College of the Canyons
Date Added:
08/19/2021
Canvas Commons OER course - ECON 2301: Principles of Macroeoconomics
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This is a Principles of Macroeconomics course utilizing exclusively Open Educational Resources and designed in Canvas. This course is mapped to the Learning Outcomes for ECON 2301 as established under the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Academic Course Guide Manual. This course is based on Openstax Principles of Macroeconomics 2e textbook and incorporates key components from EDUC 1301: Learning Frameworks, designed to enhance the student’s experience as well as to improve overall student learning.
The course was developed by a faculty team from Collin College as part of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board OER Course Development and Implementation Grant Program.

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Economics
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Author:
Gian Aryani
Joshua Arduengo
Lorena Rodriguez
Meenakshi Beri
Michael Latham
Date Added:
12/31/2021
College Algebra Blackboard Ultra MyOpenMath Course
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College Algebra Blackboard Ultra Course created by Dr. Hanan Amro for South Texas Math Department.  It was modified to include additional learning materials funded by THECB OER Development Grant (2021).The course is Quality Matters certified and uses MyOpenMath for homework and assessment delivery.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Rosa Gutierrez
hanan amro
Date Added:
05/15/2022
Critical Thinking
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Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Someone with critical thinking skills is able to do the following:

Understand the logical connections between ideas.
Identify, construct, and evaluate arguments.
Detect inconsistencies and common mistakes in reasoning.
Solve problems systematically.
Identify the relevance and importance of ideas.
Reflect on the justification of one’s own beliefs and values.
Critical thinking is not simply a matter of accumulating information. A person with a good memory and who knows a lot of facts is not necessarily good at critical thinking. Critical thinkers are able to deduce consequences from what they know, make use of information to solve problems, and to seek relevant sources of information to inform themselves.

Critical thinking should not be confused with being argumentative or being critical of other people. Although critical thinking skills can be used in exposing fallacies and bad reasoning, critical thinking can also play an important role in cooperative reasoning and constructive tasks. Critical thinking can help us acquire knowledge, improve our theories, and strengthen arguments. We can also use critical thinking to enhance work processes and improve social institutions.

Some people believe that critical thinking hinders creativity because critical thinking requires following the rules of logic and rationality, whereas creativity might require breaking those rules. This is a misconception. Critical thinking is quite compatible with thinking “out-of-the-box,” challenging consensus views, and pursuing less popular approaches. If anything, critical thinking is an essential part of creativity because we need critical thinking to evaluate and improve our creative ideas.

Subject:
Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Oklahoma State University
Author:
Brian Kim
Date Added:
06/03/2021
Curation
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This module includes information to help find, evaluate, adapt and share open educational resources to meet learning outcomes and objectives. The module also offers information on how to describe and organize OER to enable its discovery by future users.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
College Libraries Ontario
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Digital Texts in the Time of COVID
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The Fall 2020 term served as a litmus test of how well the evolving course material distribution and selection process works for U.S. higher education. More faculty than ever before had to select and adapt their course materials, with less time than previous years to explore their options and make decisions.

Subject:
Higher Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Jeff Seaman
Julia Seaman
Date Added:
04/29/2022
ENGL 1113 Online Library Sessions – OpenOKState
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This resource is used to provide library instruction for introductory undergraduate composition courses.

Subject:
Information Science
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Provider:
Oklahoma State University
Author:
Holly Luetkenhaus
Date Added:
06/03/2021
Equity Through OER Rubric
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​The Equity Through OER Rubric is a comprehensive self-assessment tool, designed to guide students, faculty, administrators and other academic practitioners and leaders in not only better understanding, but also acting on the equity dimensions of OER. The rubric is organized by categories, aligned with roles and functions for higher education institutions, units and practitioners. Its overarching goal is to enable users to integrate OER in equitable ways across higher education leading to quality and equitable student access, outcomes and success.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Driving OER Sustainability for Student Success (DOERS3)
Date Added:
08/04/2021
Find Resources
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If you haven’t discovered already, there are myriad open resources that exist. Often the trouble lies in locating those that fit precisely what you need. We’ve broken down these resources with the intent of making the search process more efficient and effective. For each you’ll find a list of unique traits, licensing information, and an example of how to attribute the source. Click one of the media sources in the Find Resources sub-menu for the details.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Date Added:
08/24/2015
Fundamentals of Business, Second Edition
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Fundamentals of Business, Second Edition (2018) is an 372-page open education resource intended to serve as a no-cost, faculty customizable primary text for one-semester undergraduate introductory business courses. It covers the following topics in business: Teamwork; economics; ethics; entrepreneurship; business ownership, management, and leadership; organizational structures and operations management; human resources and motivating employees; managing in labor union contexts; marketing and pricing strategy; hospitality and tourism, accounting and finance, and personal finances. The textbook was designed for use in Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business introductory level business course, MGT1104 Foundations of Business and is shared under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial ShareAlike 4.0 license.

2018 version formats include: PDF, Accessible "screen reader friendly" PDF, ePub, Mobi, XML/Pressbooks (editable), and open document format.
The Pressbooks online version (HTML) is available at: https://doi.org/10.21061/fundamentals-of-business
The 2016 version of this book includes editable MSWord files.

If you are an instructor reviewing, adopting, or adapting this textbook, please help us understand your use by filling out this form http://bit.ly/business-interest

Instructor resource sharing portal: https://www.oercommons.org/groups/fundamentals-of-business-user-group/1379

Subject:
Business
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Virginia Tech
Provider Set:
VTech Works
Author:
Skripak Stephen J
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Gen Bio for Science Majors I Laboratory (BIOL 1106) - OER Course
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BIOL 1106 OER course developed with funding from Texas Higher Education Board - Open Educational Resources Grant Program (OERGP) through the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. 2020-2022 RFA # 23906.

This laboratory-based course accompanies Biology 1306, Biology for Science Majors I. Laboratory activities
reinforce the fundamental principles of living organisms, including physical and chemical properties of life,
organization and function. Study and examination of the concepts of cytology, reproduction, genetics, DNA, Biotechnology and scientific reasoning are included.

The course is designed for both 100% online and 100% in-person laboratory options. It is organized into modules. Each module includes an introduction to the topic, tutorials, online and in-person activities, lab reports, as well as pre and post lab quizzes to ensure learner success.

Subject:
Medicine
Nursing
Pharmacy
Public Health
Life Science
Biology
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Biology
Dr. Sarah Alvanipour
HCC- Biology Faculty Dr. Ana Medranos
HCC- Biology Faculty Dr. Renu Jain
HCC- Biology Faculty Dr. Shuo Zhang
HCC-Biology Faculty Dr. Vimlarani Chopra
HCC- Biology Faculty Ms. Cleopatra Williams
HCC- Chemistry Faculty Dr. Veronica Amaku
HCC-Student Reviewer
UH - Biology & Biochemistry Faculty Reviewer Dr. Remya Mohanraj
Date Added:
02/27/2022
#GoOpen District Launch Packet
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Across the country, districts are choosing to #GoOpen and transitioning to the use of openly licensed educational resources to improve student learning in their schools. Openly licensed educational resources enable districts to reallocate significant funds currently spent on inflexible, static learning materials to resources and activities that accelerate the transition to digital learning. These include implementing new professional learning programs for teachers, developing a robust technology infrastructure to support digital learning, and funding new leadership roles for educators who curate and create openly licensed educational materials.
The #GoOpen District Launch Packet is designed for districts that have decided to implement a systematic approach to incorporating openly licensed educational resources into their curriculum by becoming a #GoOpen District.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
U.S. Department of Education
Provider Set:
Office of Educational Technology
Date Added:
01/19/2017