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Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies

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Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies overviews the time-tested conceptual foundations of the field, while incorporating the latest research and cutting-edge applications of these basics. Each chapter will include timely, concrete, and real-life examples of communication concepts in action. A key feature of this book is the integration of content regarding diversity and organizational communication in each chapter through examples and/or discrete sub-sections. Discussions of diversity are not relegated to feature boxes. Also integrated into the content are examples that are inclusive in terms of race, gender, sexuality, ability, age, marital status, religion, and other diverse identity characteristics.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

Introduction to Global Studies

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This textbook introduces students to the basic concepts, trends, perspectives and interconnections of global society. Through readings, discussions, videos, webcasts and other activities, students examine the interdependence of people around the world and global issues that affect these relationships. It will provide an overview of the history and theoretical approaches that have created a global society through topics such as global politics, human rights, the natural environment, population, disease, gender, information technology, war and peace. This is a required course for the Global Studies Emphasis.

Material Type: Lecture Notes

Author: Lori Beth Larsen

"Learning for College Achievement" by Adam Weiss, Ed. D. (textbook)

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First 4 chapters of a textbook designed for students who are entering college. The textbook aligns with the Texas Common Core Community College Course "EDUC 1300: Learning Framework" First 4 Chapters Include:Chapter 1: Higher EducationChapter 2: Humans' Cognitive and Emotional DevelopmentChapter 3: Academic Motivation, Attention Focus, and MemoryChapter 4: Learning Theories and Styles

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Adam Weiss

Research Guides at Tarrant County College

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Guide for Dr. Jerrica Jordan's ENGL 1301 class This second resources allows students a second online space to access course materials that may be used. While these materials are also housed on the course LMS, this secondary space allows students an option to access things more easily on-the-go through their cell phones, personal devices, or when away from a home computer/library. Readings, videos, and the textbook are included. The textbook is CC By Attribution (Shane Andrews); the readings are CC BY-ND.

Material Type: Assessment, Homework/Assignment

Author: Shane Andrews

COMM 1304 Assignments

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This folder contains assignments for the COMM 1304 course at the University of Houston Downtown. There are three required assignments for this course: Individual Presentation, Teamwork Problem Solving, and A+CE (Academic Achievement through Community Engagement). Extra credit opportunities have also been developed and are included here.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Bridget Mueller

COMM 1304 Exam Reviews

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COMM 1304: Introduction to Communication at the University of Houston Downtown utilizes two exams during the semester: a midterm and a final. Each exam covers portions of the OER textbook selected for this course. There are 50 questions on the exams, structured in  multiple choice and true/false format. This review serves the students as a guide for studying as they read the OER and review for the exam.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Bridget Mueller

Module 3: Why OER?

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Before we discuss the benefits of OER in detail, please take a few minutes to watch this video from Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communications Librarian at Iowa State University. The video reviews the definition of OER but also provides a broad overview of why OER is an effective solution in addressing student barriers to high-quality learning materials. The video also provides examples of how faculty can use OER to enhance their teaching and improve student learning.

Material Type: Module

Author: Carrie Gits

Module 10: Final Assessment

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Thank you for taking the time to complete this professional development! We understand that learning about OER and applying open licensing concepts to adapt or create your own work is an incremental process. Please come back to these modules to review at any time. We will keep the links and Texas-related information updated. To receive a certificate of completion for these modules, please complete and submit the final assessment linked below.

Material Type: Assessment, Module

Author: Carrie Gits

Module 5: Finding & Evaluating OER

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Modules 1-4 provided you with a solid introduction to various aspects of open educational resources such as the benefits to using OER, the 5R Framework, and open licensing. In this module, you will apply what you now know about OER and start finding the variety of open resources available to you. Through this module, you will be exposed to a variety of search strategies used in locating and finding relevant OER, and you will explore some of the more useful online repositories and sites which host OER. This module will also focus on elements of evaluating OER.

Material Type: Module

Author: Carrie Gits

Module 1: Introduction to This Course

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By the end of this course, you should be able to: -Define Open Educational Resources -Explain the rationale for OER adoption and use -Explain the differences between the six currently available Creative Commons licenses -Identify repositories and other resources for finding relevant OER -Use tools and criteria to evaluate OER -Recognize steps and associated criteria for adapting and creating OER with proper attribution and licensing -Create an open educational resource -Review the current landscape of OER in Texas Higher Education -Recognize different Texas legislation on OER

Material Type: Module

Author: Carrie Gits

Module 4: Introduction to Open Licensing

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Did you realize these course modules are an OER? Do you want to reuse the content, modify it for your students or colleagues? Guess what … you can, with attribution of course! You’ll learn more about reusing open content and explicit open license permissions, such as attribution, in Module 7. However, understanding what makes it possible for you to reuse, modify, and reshare this work is the first step. These activities are legal because when it was created the author released it with an open license. When discussing open licensing it also is necessary to review definitions of important terms and legal requirements of laws and principles applied to a creator’s work and how it can be used or reused. In addition to introducing and defining open licenses, this module will review and define copyright, fair use, and public domain.

Material Type: Module

Author: Carrie Gits

Module 9: A Look at OER in Texas

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This module will provide a broad overview of OER across the state. This includes discussion of the results of a recent landscape survey by DigiTex, a snapshot look at recent Texas legislation related to OER, and a variety of examples from colleges and universities who are offering OER Degree pathways and OER courses across their curriculum.

Material Type: Module

Author: Carrie Gits