ODG-COT Features SCC’s Int. Algebra Student Workbook as a Representation of the Best-of-Class OER

Open Doors Group-College Open Textbook (ODG-COT) applauds Scottsdale Community College, Arizona, for creating Intermediate Algebra Student Workbook as an Open Education Resource.
 
 
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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Oct. 4, 2013 - PRLog -- Open Doors Group-College Open Textbooks (ODG-COT) is proud to announce Scottsdale Community College’s open-licensed Intermediate Algebra workbook as the best-of-class example of Open Education Resources (OER) (http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org (http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org/component/content/article/34-cot/cot-category/168-featured-scc-int-algebra)).

Authored by members of the SCC Math Department faculty, it’s considered the very best of professional-grade OER.  Intermediate Algebra, now in its third edition, is one of four open workbooks that are core teaching resources at Scottsdale Community College.  Along with Basic Arithmetic, Introductory Algebra and College Algebra, it has been used by thousands of students, saving them upwards of $150,000 per semester.

The SCC Math faculty realized early on the need for resources to support the learning of hybrid students outside of class. They made a collective decision to adopt OER for the benefit of their students. Faculty members developed and maintain the workbooks at virtually no cost to students.  The faculty has enhanced the workbook by adding a suite of ancillary materials that include online help sessions, quizzes, and instructors’ guides. All four workbooks are available at http://sccmath.wordpress.com/.

Dr. Donna Gaudet, Chair of the Mathematics Department at Scottsdale Community College said, “Intermediate Algebra consists of 12 lessons. Each lesson includes a MiniLesson―topic coverage via video examples and You Try problems for students―Practice Problems, and an end-of-lesson Assessment. The workbook can be used as a stand-alone resource or in conjunction with an online homework/assessment system called MathAS, also an open source system. This makes it a one-stop shop for Scottsdale Community College students to learn everything they want to know about Intermediate Algebra.”

Charles Key, Director of Adoptions, College Open Textbooks, and Grants for the Open Doors Group, said, “The promise of more open, affordable education is getting closer to being realized.  College Open Textbooks is extremely impressed with the dedication of the Scottsdale Community College Math faculty.  They have not only developed a truly professional-grade Intermediate Algebra workbook that is available to students as an open resource, but have enhanced its value with a range of ancillary materials―all at virtually no cost to students. Intermediate Algebra sets an outstanding example for academic departments everywhere to emulate.  We applaud the efforts of the entire Math faculty at Scottsdale Community College for their efforts to encourage adoption of OER and to provide their students a high-quality, affordable education.”

About Scottsdale Community College
LEARN.GROW.ACHIEVE. Scottsdale Community College, located in Arizona, offers a great college experience for students of all ages and aspirations. With hundred of courses and programs, we can help guide you onto a professional path, provide new career options and expand your knowledge of the world and beyond. Whether you are seeking an associate's degree, university transfer credits, professional certification, or lifelong learning opportunities, SCC is here to help you reach your goals.

About Open Doors Group – College Open Textbooks

Open Doors Group (ODG) is a collaborative of individuals and educational, non-profit, for-profit and government institutions.  Its purpose is to prepare students for the future by promoting, producing and distributing Open Educational Resources (OER); supporting students and educators in adopting and using OER; expanding access to education for all learners; and researching and evaluating the impact of OER. ODG sponsors a number of projects aimed at achieving these goals. ODG can be found at http://www.opendoorsgroup.org. College Open Textbooks, a project of ODG, seeks to drive the awareness, adoption, access, and affordability of open textbooks, primarily at the two-year college level.  The COT website links to more than 700 open textbooks in twenty-four subject areas, many of which are peer-reviewed.  COT also sponsors a number of Communities of Practice, self-supporting peer groups of educators who wish to support the adoption of OER in particular subject areas.

For more information about this book and others published by ODG-COT, contact :

Rekha Raman

ODG-COT Sr. Manager of Marketing

rekha.raman@opendoorsgroup.org
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