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The Adoption of Open Educational Resources by One Community College Math Department
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The high cost of textbooks is of concern not only to college ...

The high cost of textbooks is of concern not only to college students but also to society as a whole. Open textbooks promise the same educational benefits as traditional textbooks; however, their efficacy remains largely untested. We report on one community college’s adoption of a collection of open resources across five different mathematics classes. During the 2012 fall semester, 2,043 students in five different courses used these open access resources. We present a comparison between the previous two years in terms of the number of students who withdrew from the courses and the number that completed the courses with a C grade or better. Our analysis suggests that while there was likely no change in these educational outcomes, students who have access to open access materials collectively saved a significant amount of money. Students and faculty were surveyed as to their perceptions of these materials and the results were generally favorable.

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Career and Technical Education
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Athabasca University
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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
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Donna Gaudet
Jared Robinson
John Levi Hilton III
Phil Clark
Athabasca University Press
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Athabasca University is the first university in Canada to create an open ...

Athabasca University is the first university in Canada to create an open access scholarly press--AU Press. In keeping with its committment to the principles of open access, AU Press reduces barriers to knowledge. Access to all AU Press publications is free over the Internet and, wherever possible, its publications are licensed with Creative Commons.

AU Press will offer its imprint only to scholarship of the highest quality, as determined through peer review. In keeping with Athabasca University’s mission of overcoming barriers to education, we intend to work with emerging writers and researchers to promote success in scholarly publishing.

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Education
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Athabasca University
Creative Clinical Teaching In The Health Professions
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This peer reviewed e-book is a must-read for nurses and other health ...

This peer reviewed e-book is a must-read for nurses and other health professionals who strive to teach with creativity and excellence in clinical settings. Each chapter presents current evidence informed educational practice knowledge. Each topic is also presented with text boxes describing ‘Creative Strategies’ that clinical teachers from across Canada have successfully implemented. For those who are interested in background knowledge, the authors provided a comprehensive literature base. And, for those interested mainly in 'what to do,' the text box summaries offer step-by-step directions for creative, challenging activities that both new and experienced instructors can begin using immediately.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
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Textbook
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Athabasca University
Author:
Sherri Melrose
Mainstreaming Open Textbooks: Educator Perspectives on the Impact of OpenStax College Open Textbooks
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This paper presents the results of collaborative research between open textbook provider ...

This paper presents the results of collaborative research between open textbook provider OpenStax College (OSC) and the OER Research Hub (OERRH), a Hewlett funded mixed methods open research project examining the impact of open educational resources (OER) on learning and teaching.

The paper focuses primarily on the results of two surveys that were conducted with educators using a range of OSC open textbooks during 2013 and 2014/2015. The results of this research shows that OER such as OSC enables a majority of educators to better respond to student needs whilst often making teaching easier and in some instances changing teaching practices. Although this paper does not focus on the impact of OER on students, a majority of educators surveyed perceive an increase in student satisfaction when using OER such as OSC and believe that OSC are saving students money.

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Education
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Athabasca University
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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
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Rebecca Pitt
Mobile ESL
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This is an interactive mobile ESL website. It contains a course of ...

This is an interactive mobile ESL website. It contains a course of lessons and practice on the system of English. Some of the units include:
The Basic Sentence (Units 1-7)
Questions (Units 8-13)
Verbs (Units 14-41)
The Passive (Units 42-44)
The Noun Phrase (Units 45-60)
Types of Sentences (Units 61-63)
Adjectives and Adverbs (Units 64-67)
Comparison (Units 68-70)
When? (Units 71-73)
Where? (Units 74-79)
How and Why? (Units 80-82)
Connecting Ideas (Units 83-86)

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Arts and Humanities
Language Education (ESL)
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Athabasca University
Author:
Dr. James O'Driscoll
Theory and Practice of Online Learning
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The second edition features updates on all chapters from the first edition ...

The second edition features updates on all chapters from the first edition and the addition of 4 new chapters (on Mobile Learning, Social Software, Distance Education Philosophy and Financial Decision Making). Two chapters (Chapter 3 - Value Chain Analysis and Chapter 9 - Copyright Issues)were not updated nor included in the 2nd edition. These two chapters (in addition to all of the origional 1st edition chapters) will continue to made available at this site, however readers are encouraged to access the revised chapters to receive more current and updated content.

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Reading
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Athabasca University
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Individual Authors
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Terry Anderson