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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.

Material Type: Reading

Authors: Amee Godwin, Anastasia Karaglani, Cynthia Jimes, Judith Sebesta, Kylah Torre, Michelle Singh, Ursula Pike

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.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Anita R. Walz, Caitie Finlayson, Cody Taylor, Deb Quentel, Dianna Fisher, Karen Bjork, Karen Lauritsen, Linda Frederiksen, Melissa Falldin, Ralph Morelli, Shane Nackerud

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.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Veronica Amaku Ph.D.

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.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: College of the Canyons

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.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Brian Kim

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.

Material Type: Module

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.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Driving OER Sustainability for Student Success (DOERS3)

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.

Material Type: Lesson

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

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Skripak Stephen J

#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.

Material Type: Reading

HCC OER Course - Biology I for Majors Laboratory

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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.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course

Author: Veronica Amaku