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Arts & Science: Open Educational Resources
This guide combines resources for the Career and College Prep, English for Academic Purposes, General Arts and Science, and Workplace Arts and Science programs.
"Open Educational Resources, or OER, refer to any teaching and learning materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license, such as a Creative Commons License or GNU General Public License, that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution with no or limited restrictions".
"AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use." -- website
BCcampus Open Ed provides access to open textbooks on a number of topics from 41 institutions across Canada. Digital copies are available free of charge, and print editions are available for a small fee.
"In partnership with BCcampus, and in the footsteps of other provincial online learning centres like OpenEd Manitoba, eCampusOntario has created this new virtual Open Textbook Library, established to offer learners a repository of resources which are licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed." -- website (A link to eCampus is also available at LoyalistLibrary.com, under the Collections tab.)
"Applied Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access journal on all aspects of applied natural sciences." -- website
What is a MOOC?
MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are online courses, often offered for free or at minimal cost. Many MOOCs include audio or video lectures, assignments, readings, quizzes, and interactive forums and discussion boards. Many MOOCs are offered by large institutions, and some will offer course credits for completed MOOCs, usually for a small fee.
"In this course, you will investigate limits and how they are used to calculate rate of change at a point, define the continuity of a function and how they are used to define derivatives. Definite and indefinite integrals and their applications are covered, including improper integrals. Late in the course, you will find Calculus with parametric equations and polar coordinates, sequences and series, and vectors." -- website
"A detailed introduction to molecular biology, including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids, water, and other compounds that make up the cell. Particular emphasis on the cell membrane, mitosis and meiosis, genetics and gene expression, transcription and translation, and cellular metabolism." -- website
Source: Enriquez, J. (2007, November 15). Using biology to rethink the energy challenge. [Video]. TEDTalks. https://youtu.be/aSyAwuQPMRo
"EDP Open is a newly developed bespoke open access platform that will provide all the modern functionality required for easy search/find/location of relevant and related content published in an open access (free) environment." -- website EDP Open includes open journals and eBooks.