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Rio Salado Essential Reading

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Welcome to Essential Reading. This course has been designed to enable you to focus your learning on specific areas of improvement. Unlike a typical college course where you would complete lessons in chronological order, this course allows you to focus on just specific skills. Modules Include: Recognition and Decoding, Vocabulary, and Functional and Informational Texts

Material Type: Full Course, Lecture, Reading

Rio Salado Essential Writing

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This course has been designed to enable you to focus your learning on specific areas of improvement. Unlike a typical college course where you would complete lessons in chronological order, this course allows you to focus on just specific skills. Modules include: Grammer, Pre Writing, and Writing

Material Type: Full Course, Lecture, Reading

Rio Salado Essential Math

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This course has been designed to help students focus learning on specific areas of improvement. Unlike a typical college course where you would complete lessons in chronological order, this course allows you to focus on specific skills. Modules include: Arithmetic Review, Percents, Geometric Figures, Measurement, and Statistics

Material Type: Full Course, Lecture, Reading

Introduction to Psychology

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This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of psychology. It begins with a short overview of the discipline's development and principal methodologies. The subsequent units are arranged around broad areas of research, including emotion, development, memory, and psychopathology. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Identify the steps of the scientific method and explain how this method applies to psychological research methodology and statistical analyses; Demonstrate an understanding of the general history of the field; Explain the nature versus nurture argument and the current status of thinking regarding gene-environment interaction; Identify the basic components and mechanisms of the major biological systems often studied in psychology; Demonstrate an understanding of the basic findings within a variety of areas of psychology, including sensation and perception, memory and learning, development, social psychology, and psychopathology. (Psychology 101)

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Lecture, Reading, Syllabus

Introduction to Sociology

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This course is designed to introduce you to a range of basic sociological principles so that you can develop your own sociological imagination. You will learn about the origins of sociology as a discipline and be introduced to major sociological theories and methods of research. You will also explore such topics as sex and gender, deviance, and racism.

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

Introduction to Sociology 2e (superseded)

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Introduction to Sociology is intended for a one-semester introductory sociology course. Conceived of and developed by active sociology instructors, this up-to-date title and can be downloaded now by clicking on the "Get this book" button below. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes sociology theory and research; real-world applications; simplify and debate features; and learning objectives for each chapter Note: this resource now links to the third edition, released in 2021. Its record is in OER Commons to allow users to see endorsements, reviews, etc...

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Eric Strayer, Faye Jones, Gail Scaramuzzo, Jeff Bry, Nathan Keirns, Sally Vyain, Susan Cody-Rydezerski, Tommy Sadler

Intro to Sociology (SOC 101)

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Sociology is the study of social groups, structures, processes, institutions, and events. This course will focus on understanding and applying the sociological perspective, which stresses the importance of the impact of social forces external to the individual in shaping peopleęs lives and experiences. This idea that we are all profoundly affected by the society in which we live is the guiding light of sociology. Sociologists also study the ways in which people, as they interact, shape their social systems. Topics studied will include socialization, social interaction, culture, groups, social structure, deviance, social inequality, social class, race, gender, institutions (political, economic, educational, family, and religious), collective behavior and social change. Students will be asked to learn the basic concepts, theories, and perspectives of sociology, to see how these operate in terms of social processes, structures, and events, and to apply this knowledge to better understand the social world.

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Reading, Syllabus

Introducing Philosophy

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Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy? This unit will introduce you to the teaching methods employed and the types of activities and assignments you would be asked to undertake should you wish to study OU course A211 Philosophy and the human situation.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Reading, Syllabus

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

Great Writers Inspire: Shakespeare's Contemporary Dramatists

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The Elizabethan and Jacobean theatres specialized in new plays which had relatively few performances over a period of a few weeks. There was thus a huge appetite for fresh writing, and hundreds of plays, many now lost, were produced, often collaboratively. In this section of Great Writers Inspire some of these non-Shakespearean plays and authors are introduced through a combination of podcasts, eBooks and supporting materials.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Lecture, Reading

Authors: Emma Smith, Kate O'Connor


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Acceso is a complete, interactive curriculum for intermediate-level learners of Spanish. The materials on the site are provided freely to the public and are intended as a replacement for commercial textbooks, which are generally ill-suited to the learning outcomes now considered crucial to successful language study. These materials are supplemented by an online workbook built on the MySpanishLab platform of Pearson Education, Inc., as well as detailed lesson plans, rubrics for the evaluation of student work, and reliable instruments for measuring student progress and learning outcomes. Winner of 2012 Computer Assisted Language Consortium (CALICO) Focus Award Reviews CALICO Journal 29.2 (Jan 2012): 398-405. Hispania 95.2 (June 2012): 365-366

Material Type: Full Course, Textbook

Author: Amy Rossomondo et al.

Economic Systems

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This is a collection of downloadable video clips on the theme of Economic Systems, with guiding questions for students. Clips are drawn from the following PBS WIDE ANGLE documentaries: "To Have and Have Not" (2002), "A State of Mind" (2003), "Ladies First" (2004), "1-800-INDIA" (2005), "Border Jumpers" (2005).

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Lecture, Primary Source, Teaching/Learning Strategy

World History Survey Course on the Web

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World History teachers face many challenges to incorporating primary sources in their teaching—the pressures of coverage in survey courses, the lack of available materials, and inadequate training in dealing with unfamiliar sources from a range of cultures. World History Sources responds to these challenges (as well as the new opportunities offered by the Internet) by creating a website to help world history teachers and students locate, analyze, and learn from online primary sources and to further their understanding of the complex nature of world history, especially the issues of cultural contact and globalization. This site includes scholarly reviews of online primary source archives, including teaching potential; Eight guides by leading world history scholars to analyzing primary sources: music, images, objects, maps, newspapers, travel narratives, official documents, and personal accounts; Eight multimedia case studies model strategies for interpreting particular types of primary sources (music, images, objects, maps, newspapers, travel narratives, official documents, personal accounts) and placing them in historical context; Sixteen case studies, written by high school and college teachers, discuss the planning and implementation involved in teaching a particular primary source.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Case Study, Lesson Plan, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Use Information Correctly Tutorial

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Plagiarism and copyright abuse have increased greatly as more and more people are producing content online. Learn how to use information correctly to create quality content while protecting the intellectual property of others.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Reading

Copyright 4 Educators (USA)

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This course is for educators and learners who wants to understand how copyright affects use of learning materials, and how to use copyright to facilitate education. The course is focused on developing practical solutions. The reading won't always give these to you, its up to you to devise practical solutions based on the reading.

Material Type: Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Reading

Copyright and Fair Use Tutorial

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In our Avoiding Plagiarism module, we gave you tips for citing, quoting, and incorporating various sources into your writing projects. However, depending on what types of sources you use, you may also have to consider copyright and fair use laws. For example, if you want to use someone else's photo or song in one of your own projects, you'll need to make sure you have the legal right to do so. In this tutorial, you'll learn about the copyright protections that apply to work posted online, including images, text, videos, and more. You'll also learn about the rules that determine which of these resources you can use, and how you can use them.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Reading