All resources in OER Core Elements Academy 2021

Interpersonal Violence in Contemporary Visual Art

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This resource discusses the social issue of interpersonal violence and provides examples of contemporary art to serve as entry points into difficult discussions and information about gender violence. Trigger warning: Please note that the below information and artworks deal with physical abuse, sexual assault/rape, and emotional abuse.   

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lecture

Author: Sara Ishii

Neural Foundations of Communication Edition 1-0807-2021-CC-BY_NC.pdf

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Preface Neural Foundations of Communication was developed for undergraduate neurology classes in the study of communication sciences and disorders. Anatomy and Physiology is a prerequisite to gain an understanding of neurology as it relates to communication. As such, this book contains some of the foundational information from the anatomy textbook, “Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Communication Sciences” for review. The authors intended to cover the coursework with this textbook to customize the sequence of learning objectives and support rising Speech-Language Pathologists. We developed our first open educational resource (OER) textbook in 2020, shortly after the COVID-19 Pandemic began. Reducing the costs of study materials helps rising SLPs progress toward their certification without interruptions due to financial constraints. Developing the Open Education Resource (OER) resources is our ongoing effort to support future SLPs. A large part of this book is from various OpenStax textbooks. OpenStax is a nonprofit organization based out of Rice University in Houston, Texas. Its open resource textbooks cover a vast amount of information for two-semester core curriculum courses in various disciplines. OpenStax generously permits educators to use their books' content in part or in whole to develop textbooks customized for each instructor's course structure. The present textbook's content from other open resources, such as OpenStax, is color-coded in black ink. Additional information concerning communication sciences and disorders appears in blue ink. The original OpenStax texts are accessible free of charge at This textbook includes applicable content from the OpenStax books Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, and Biology for AP® Course. This textbook contains various images produced by the renowned Dr. Willard R. Zemlin (1929-1998) with permission. Dr. Zemlin was one of the most influential scholars in anatomy and physiology concerning communication sciences and disorders. Dr. Zemlin's son, Mr. Karl Zemlin, kindly sharpened numerous images to provide high-resolution pictures. Mr. Zemlin expressed his appreciation for the generosity of those who donated their bodies to science throughout his father's studies. A full collection of Dr. Zemlin's work is accessible at his memorial website of which Mr. Zemlin is the webmaster. This textbook also incorporates additional OER materials from various information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), branches of National Institute of Health, Wikimedia Commons, and other Wikimedia websites. The “Wiki-“ series offers a wide range of information under Creative Common (CC) licenses, allowing the use and remix of the materials. This textbook would not have been possible without the contributions of OpenStax, Mr. Karl Zemlin, and generous providers of CDC, NIH, and Wikimedia Commons resources. We sincerely appreciate their kindness. We have made this textbook available for our future colleagues to gain entry-level scientific knowledge applicable for serving individuals with communication disorders. June S. Levitt, Ph.D., LDT, CCC-SLP Sarah L. Guigneaux, M.S., CCC-SLP August 2021 Contact:

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: June Levitt, Sarah Guigneaux

Angiosperm Seed Anatomy Lab

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This OER is a quick, hands-on lab that helps students explore the anatomy and function of angiosperm seeds. Topics such as seed anatomy and function, seed dormancy, and seed germination are addressed in this lab. This lab is intended to be used as instructional materials for biology teachers.Within this resource are instructions on required lab materials,an introduction to seed anatomy and function, an explanation of seed dormancy and germination, a seed diagram to label, and student exercises to assist in content mastery.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Homework/Assignment

Author: Scarlet Estlack

There Oughta Be A Law

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This project is meant to guide students through the bill process in Texas.  Instructors may want to add or delete sections as needed to fit their class.  Please make sure to review the lesson in full for any changes necessary for teaching. 

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment

Author: Kimberley Cox

Design for Learning: Principles, Processes, and Praxis

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Our purpose in this book is twofold. First, we introduce the basic skill set and knowledge base used by practicing instructional designers. We do this through chapters contributed by experts in the field who have either academic, research-based backgrounds, or practical, on-the-job experience (or both). Our goal is that students in introductory instructional design courses will be able to use this book as a guide for completing a basic instructional design project. We also hope the book is useful as a ready resource for more advanced students or others seeking to develop their instructional design knowledge and skills.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Jason K. McDonald, Richard E. West

INRW 0201 Argumentative Thesis Practice

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This resource is intended for a co-requisite Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW) course. It includes the following:States objectives for the assignmentIncludes an instructional page describing what a thesis is and provides an example States instructions for students to create a thesis they could use in an argumentative essay (Essay 2 in my course) Features videos and activities from Excelsior College Online Writing Lab, which are is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-4.0 International LicenseIncludes assignment rubric.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Jamie Miranda

TinkerCAD Ornament

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The lesson is based on the concept of allowing students to explore and learn how to use a CAD program to create an ornament.  The goal of the lesson is for a final product that should be treated as open-ended allowing students room to express their ideas and test them out.  The instruction will allow for the teacher to have teacher-led instruction, and then allow for student-centered activities.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Brenda Cantu


HUM 3310 / ENG 3340 Cultural Criticism

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This template has been created by Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity to facilitate the development of OER as instructional materials for teacher education classes.Within this resource are instructions, templates, and examples for using this template to create your own unit(s) for your own classes. 

Material Type: Syllabus

Author: Edmund Cueva

Resource for the Resource Template (add your name and institution here)

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Image credit: Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries OER Program Guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  This template is for use by participants in the Resource for the Resource series to help identify and share ideas for OER implementation at their Instutitution.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Joanna Schimizzi, Liz Tolman, Carrie Gits

Abstract Algebra: Examples and Applications

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This book is designed to make "Abstract Algebra" as down-to-earth as possible. Using concrete examples such as the complex numbers, integers mod n, polynomials, symmetries, and permutations. We also introduce some of the beautifully general ideas of the theory of groups, rings, and fields. Along the way, we give applications to signal processing, cryptography and coding theory, as well as making connections with other branches of mathematics such as geometry and number theory. The textbook is provided in three different formats: hyperlinked online version, pdf, and spiral bound copy ( is recommended for on-demand printing).

Material Type: Homework/Assignment, Textbook

Authors: Christopher Thron, Justin Hill

Finding OER Materials You Can Start Using Now

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The objective of this module is to show the many ways you can quickly and easily find OER materials in OER Commons. This module, “Finding OER Materials,” is activity-based; you'll be guided through the process of finding OER materials you can start using in your teaching and learning.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: ISKME

English 1301 (Comp. I) - Rhetoric and the Workplace

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This resource is an assignment for English 1301 (Composition 1) focused on the role of rhetoric in workplace writing. For this assignment, students prepare a job application packet consisting of a resume and cover letter. To do this, students must find an actual job advertisement posted online (or a job description) to include with their assignment. Students use their knowledge of the rhetorical situation and models of appropriate workplace writing (available from most college and university Career Centers, as well as from the Purdue OWL and UNC Writing Center websites online) to prepare an application packet tailored to the position they want. This assignment provides students with an opportunity to apply what they've learned in class toward a concrete, meaningful goal, and most students respond positively to it.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Jessica Zbeida

BranchED OER Template

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This template has been created by Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity to facilitate the development of OER as instructional materials for teacher education classes.Within this resource are instructions, templates, and examples for using this template to create your own unit(s) for your own classes. 

Material Type: Module

Author: Aubree Evans

Cohesion: Uniting Reading and Writing!

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The purpose of this text, or should we say guide, is to help all students in English composition classes - whether stand-alone or coupled with reading courses - understand the connections and the cohesive aspect of reading and writing. The authors used their own years of teaching both reading and writing, for all levels in college, to explain concepts in a straightforward and clear manner for students. The goal is that this becomes a resource - a FREE resource – students can return to time and time again when they have questions or need a refresher even after their English composition course ends.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Erika Warnick, Elaine Ramzinski, Tasha Vice