All resources in OER Core Elements Academy 2021


OER Core Elements Academy Fall 2021 Resources

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This resource includes the recordings and practice activities for the OER Core Elements Academy which consists of three synchronous, virtual sessions:Introduction to Open Educational Resources & Practices - Exploration of the what, why, and how of OER, highlighting use cases involving successful adoption and implementation of OER at Texas institutions.Discovery, Evaluation & Curation - Hands-on training aimed at supporting effective search, quality evaluation, and curation strategies to collaboratively identify, evaluate, and organize OER relevant to desired use.Authoring & Remixing - Deep dive into courseware improvement, developing collaborative workflows to utilize authoring tools to design, create and remix resources. Leverage supports for peer-review, reflection, and refinement of resources.Participants will have assignments to complete between synchronous sessions. Two opportunities for office hours with OER experts will also be offered:Office Hours – Option for informal discussion with OER experts.Participants are required to attend 4.5 hours of instruction and complete approximately 7 hours of practice activities to find, curate, publish, and share OER.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Megan Simmons, Michelle Singh, Kylah Torre

Online Technical Writing: Free Online Textbook for Technical Writing

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This text came about in the mid-1980s while I was working at IBM–Austin, Texas, and teaching as an adjunct at Austin Community College. Using a desktop publishing system called Interleaf, I wrote this at a time when most students still used typewriters. There may still be vestiges of this era in these pages. In 1994, I discovered the web and began a mad dash through my lunch hours converting the Interleaf files to HTML using loads of macros I created in Emacs. In 2014, I began extensively overhauling this thing and trying to modernize it. Some of the examples are from my technical writing teaching days in the early 1980s at the University of Texas. They are dated but good examples. Readers are encouraged to send me updates!

Material Type: Textbook

English Composition I

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In addition to providing course content for first-year English composition, this Lumen Learning OER resource provides videos, questions, activities, and internet links for further study. The textbook's "About this Course" link states, "English Composition I develops students’ critical reading, writing, and research skills at the college level, with course materials structured around essential parts of the academic writing process. Key topics include reading strategies; rhetorical modes, multiple stages of the writing process; how to conduct research and cite relevant sources; grammar and mechanics; and success strategies. Engaging, curated OER content includes text, video, interactive self-check activities, and more. Content works well for standard instruction or diagnostically to reinforce areas that need attention. This course may be used alone or as part of a three-level sequence that prepares students for college-level work."

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Lecture Notes, Textbook

Author: Lumen Learning


Le Chatelier's Principle Dry Lab

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This resource is a virtual Le Chatelier's lab.  Pictures of systems at equilibrium are presented, then pictures are given after different stresses are applied.  A buffer system with pH data is included.  This resource is designed to accompany Chemistry Atoms First 2e section 13.3 Shifting Equilibria

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Yokabet Gedeon

Intermediate ESL Writing: Types of Sentences

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This handout is designed for intermediate English language learners in writing classes. The focus is on sentence-level errors and particularly the order of words in a sentence.   Second language learners tend to refer to their native languages when writing.  So no matter how well they write their ideas, this handout will help them understand and practice their word order errors. The handout includes clear charts of the order of words in a sentence, examples, exercises, and a quiz.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Sharla Jones

Study Skills for College Success

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This powerpoint presentation includes study skills for students in a college success course or any course where students need to learn about how to prepare for the next course assessment in high volume reading or lecture courses. It includes:how to take notes, outline and annotate, and highlighting/marking,using exams and quizzes to study and prepare for the next exam or quiz, andtips for coordinating study groups

Material Type: Lecture Notes, Reading

Author: Shane DeHorney

APR vs. APY study guide

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This is a quick guide to help students differenciate the terms APR and APY.  There are formulas presented to help students calculate APY given certain parameters of investments.  The guide also presents formulas to allow students to calculate APY outside of the traditional one year examples.

Material Type: Student Guide

Author: George Swindell

Successful Online Teaching

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This short module teaches instructors about Moore's three types of interactions in distance education while exploring strategies to improve each type in their own courses. It is research-based and includes references and a quiz. It was designed with higher education in mind but is applicable for isntructors at all levels.

Material Type: Module

Author: Waneta Hebert

Finding Library Database Sources for an Assignment

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This lesson goes over using library databases to find sources for a paper in a general education freshman or sophomore level class. In the activities in this lesson, the student will find one resource, create a search log, and develop a basic understanding of the process of searching library databases.The sample search is for a paper on music education in a teacher education class.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Jennifer Crispin