Alamo Colleges

Alamo Colleges Online is in the midst of evaluating their online courses and exploring how Open Educational Resources can fit into their course development and redesign processes. Alamo is partnering with OER Commons to provide roadmap consulting, training, and a suite of tools is seen as an important step in building awareness and capacity for the use of OERs within Alamo College’s online courses. This groups is a collaborative workspace where participants can discuss, evaluate, and organize OER. http://www.oercommons.org/hubs/Alamo-Colleges
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Creative and Communication Arts Institute

Small Group Communication (CMST 230)

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This course is designed to familiarize you with the major theory and research surrounding the study of small group communication and provide an opportunity to analyze and develop solutions to a community problem while working in a small group.

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Reading, Syllabus

Public Speaking

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The purpose of this course is to systematically examine the elements and factors which result in an effective speech. Tying these together are the themes of information and ethics, emphasized in each resource because they are becoming increasingly important to all communicators. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: resolve ethical issues involving speech preparation and presentation; recommend techniques for resolving issues, which may interfere with active listening; identify the most effective speech topics, qualities, content, and delivery techniques based on the specific characteristics of an audience; evaluate the effectiveness of speeches for different types of audiences; use online and library-based research to find and critique the credibility of sources of information; cite sources of information appropriately, accurately, and clearly in both spoken and written contexts; choose the most effective pattern of organization for presenting different types of information to a listening audience; evaluate the effectiveness of supporting details or evidence based on the main ideas or arguments they are used to support; choose the most appropriate pattern for organizing a persuasive speech, based on the relationship between arguments and evidence or the relationship between the topic and the audience; identify whether the functions of an introduction or conclusion have been fulfilled and will be effective when presented to a specific type of audience; create keyword and sentence outlines for informative and persuasive speeches; revise a passage written for readers so that it can be delivered effectively and engagingly to listeners; identify and use techniques to improve the fluidity and clarity of verbal delivery; recognize non-verbal techniques that communicate the speakerĺÎĺ_ĺĚĺ_s confidence and credibility in a sample speech; demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of effective, ethical public speaking by accurately and thoroughly assessing the qualities of entire informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches. This free course may be completed online at any time. (Communication 101)

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Interpersonal Communication (CMST 210)

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This course introduces you to the conceptual issues and practical implications of interpersonal communication. The course is designed to provide a holistic and self-contained, although not comprehensive, introduction to the study and practice of communication within interpersonal encounters. In addition, this course focuses specifically on understanding and improving how we communicate in personal relationships including familial, friendship, work and romantic contexts. The guiding instructional philosophy of the course is that learning entails active engagement with and feedback about the targeted skill.

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Reading, Syllabus

Intro to Communication (CMST 101)

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This course assists students in developing real world oral communication skills. Capture the dynamics of todayęs business realities and see the benefits of effective communication. Selection of topics, library research, analysis, oral style, use of visual aids, and preparation and delivery of various types of speeches and oral presentations are included. The Internet, e-mail, community interaction, and other practical tools support student learning and increase public speaking skills. Emphasis is placed on principles of cultural diversity. Prerequisite: College-level reading and writing skills.

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20th Century Art

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Examination of the cultural and artistic developments of the twentieth century in Europe and the United States, surveying the artwork of Cubism, Fauvism, Futurism, Expressionism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Pop Art, and Op-Art, and Modern and Postmodern architecture.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Reading, Syllabus

Web Development

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This course will expose you to the basic fundamentals of the Internet and Web protocols, the different architectures that Web-related applications use, and the programming languages that enable the development of Web applications. The student will also cover matters of security and reliability in the development of web applications via the use of transport encryption and authentication. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: demonstrate an understanding of the Internet and Web Protocols; demonstrate an understanding of Client-Server Architecture; explain how Web Software works; demonstrate an understanding of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) Programming concepts; demonstrate an understanding of basic JavaScript, AJAX, and Java Server Pages (JSP); demonstrate an understanding of Web Security and Encryption. (Computer Science 305)

Material Type: Full Course

Software Engineering for Web Applications

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Teaches basics of designing a dynamic web site with a database back end, including scripting languages, cookies, SQL, and HTML with the goal of building such a site as the main (group) project Emphasizes computer-human interface and the graphical display of information. Crucial to the project is the identification of a client with whom the group must work with throughout the month, designing specifications, implementing them, reviewing and evaluating, and testing. This is a real-life client who intends to host the site for the purposes of building a community.

Material Type: Full Course, Lecture, Reading

Author: Philip Greenspun

Art of Color, Spring 2005

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This seminar introduces, through studio projects, the basic principles regarding the use of color in the visual arts. Students explore a range of topics, including the historical uses of color in the arts, the interactions between colors, and the psychology of color.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Dourmashkin, Peter

Understanding Color Theory

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Strong communication begins with a basic knowledge of color theory and it's functionality. This content page contains links which will direct you to external web resources, rich with content, that will help you better understand the powerful role of color in visual communication.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Reading

Demonstration Speech Evaluation Form

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Faculty considering a demonstration speech as a class assignment should use a demonstration speech evaluation form for the assignment. The evaluation form or rubric will permit more efficient grading on the part of faculty. The evaluation form contains criteria which is traditionally used when evaluating a speech.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Joseph Coppola

Persuasive Speech Evaluation Form

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Faculty considering a persuasive speech as a class assignment should use a persuasive speech evaluation form for the assignment. The evaluation form or rubric will permit more efficient grading on the part of faculty. The evaluation form contains criteria which is traditionally used when evaluating a speech.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Joseph Coppola

Student and Self Peer Assessment Form

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Faculty members interested in pursuing group assignments can use this form to facilitate accountability between group members. Group members justify the contributions of team members, provide examples of teamwork, and appropriate team behaviors. Team members rate each other on a four point scale. I have worked with various faculty members at Palo Alto College to create this form, which is used when assessing the teamwork general education competency across the institution.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Joseph Coppola

I'd Rather Be

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Lesson plan for a project that can be used as an icebreaker or introduction to Adobe Photoshop. Students will use Photoshop and self images to illustrate a place or situation where they "would rather be."

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Susan Escobar