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OER Tools for Librarians: Math

COURSEWARE: Online Homework with Immediate Feedback and Grading

Archived webinar eviewing OER math platforms: MyOpenMath and WeBWork.

WeBWorK is an open-source, free online homework platform supported by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) with a National Problem Library (NPL) of over 20,000 homework problems.  For a WeBWorK demonstration of ORCCA exercises (edition 2), see this demonstration course and log in as guest.  See also information from the WeBWork website: WeBWorK is open-source and freely available for download. There is no cost to departments or institutions who wish to host their own WeBWorK server, and the WeBWorK community has always provided prompt technical and pedagogical support through active and friendly discussion forums and mailing lists.Additionally, the MAA will host WeBWorK courses on a limited basis for departments or institutions who are not in a position to host their own WeBWorK installation. Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Advanced Authentication can be used to connect WeBWork to Bb. See a 2018 snapshot of hosting sites (updated 14 march 2020). See also the Getting Started information page.

MyOpenMath (see Housatonic). Watch 3-minute demo video. MyOpenMath provides pre-built courses based on popular open textbooks. Some of these course only include online homework, while others include videos, handouts, and instructor resources. The books for these courses can be read online, or printed copies can be ordered through our partner site, OpenTextBookStore.com. Current course alignments include:

  • Prealgebra, by College of the Redwoods
  • Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, by Tyler Wallace
  • Precalculus: an Investigation of Functions, by David Lippman and Melonie Rasmussen
    (covers College Algebra and Trig) video tour [+]
  • College Algebra, by Carl Stitz and Jeff Zeager

Textbooks

American Institute of Mathematics curates and organizes lists of open textbooks by course subject.  All the books have been judged to meet the evaluation criteria set by the AIM editorial board.

  • Open Resources for Community College Algebra (ORCCAis an open-source, openly-licensed textbook package (eBook, print, and online homework) for basic and intermediate algebra. At Portland Community College, Part 1 is used in MTH 60, Part 2 is used in MTH 65, and Part 3 is used in MTH 95.  ORCCA is available as an interactive HTML eBook, a downloadable PDF, and a printed and bound physical book.  About 5600 of the roughly 7000 exercises in ORCCA are available as online exercises in WeBWorK. WeBWorK is an open-source, free online homework platform supported by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) with a National Problem Library (NPL) of over 20,000 homework problems. For a WeBWorK demonstration of ORCCA exercises (edition 2), see this demonstration course and log in as guest.  See also information from the WeBWork website: WeBWorK is open-source and freely available for download. There is no cost to departments or institutions who wish to host their own WeBWorK server, and the WeBWorK community has always provided prompt technical and pedagogical support through active and friendly discussion forums and mailing lists.Additionally, the MAA will host WeBWorK courses on a limited basis for departments or institutions who are not in a position to host their own WeBWorK installation. Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Advanced Authentication can be used to connect WeBWork to Bb. See a 2018 snapshot of hosting sites (updated 14 march 2020). See also the Getting Started information page.

MyOpenMath (see Housatonic). Watch 3-minute demo video. MyOpenMath provides pre-built courses based on popular open textbooks. Some of these course only include online homework, while others include videos, handouts, and instructor resources. The books for these courses can be read online, or printed copies can be ordered through our partner site, OpenTextBookStore.com. Current course alignments include:

  • Prealgebra, by College of the Redwoods
  • Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, by Tyler Wallace
  • Precalculus: an Investigation of Functions, by David Lippman and Melonie Rasmussen
    (covers College Algebra and Trig) video tour [+]
  • College Algebra, by Carl Stitz and Jeff Zeager

OpenStax Intermediate Algebra ($50 in print) is licensed under CC By 4.0.  Given what I would term a so-so review by the American Institute of Mathematics, though it is deemed an "approved" textbook.  Modifications are difficult and while "poduction qualities are high, ... the emphasis is on teaching processes at the expense of conceptual understanding."

Open Textbook Store finds and and recommends a shortlist of OER math textbooks.  View the "Catalog" to browse and access OER textbooks, sorted by math subject. Check the "Bookstores" link for current discount offers for these always low-priced printed texts. Also check

Simulations

Equation Grapher and other visual tools by PhET Interactive Simulations in Mathematics. See OER Commons metadata.  

Videos

Denise Walsh - videos posted to Bb and to QV Library's YouTube Channel

HippoCampus has a set of math instructional videos.

Kahn Academy videos - Kuzai Zvoma provided QV Library with select list.

MyOpenMath is touted as a sustitute for MyMathLab.  Is it?  Has this been reviewed by QV faculty?  Use is always free; low-cost hosting options are also available and include additional administrative features. Bills itself as online course management system for mathematics and other quantitative fields. Goal is to facilitate the creation and implementation of online homework and assessment, although it also supports content delivery on a limited basis. MyOpenMath runs on the open source IMathAS platform, providing free hosted use of this platform in support of free, open textbooks like the ones listed on OpenTextBookStore.com. The intent is to provide classroom use of the platform, without any required cost to students, for schools wanting a managed install of the IMathAS platform, and to provide students self-study opportunities.

Math 085 Pre- and Elementary Algebra

Open Resources for Community College Algebra (ORCCAis an open-source, openly-licensed textbook package (eBook, print, and online homework) for basic and intermediate algebra. At Portland Community College, Part 1 is used in MTH 60, Part 2 is used in MTH 65, and Part 3 is used in MTH 95.  ORCCA is available as an interactive HTML eBook, a downloadable PDF, and a printed and bound physical book.  About 5600 of the roughly 7000 exercises in ORCCA are available as online exercises in WeBWorK.

Part 1 print from Amazon $13.79; Part I (Chapters 1–4 and Appendix A) ISBN-13: 978-1088601761

Part 2 print from Amazon $15.40

Part 3 printfrom Amazon $15.40

Math 095 Elementary Algebra Foundations

Open Resources for Community College Algebra (ORCCAis an open-source, openly-licensed textbook package (eBook, print, and online homework) for basic and intermediate algebra. At Portland Community College, Part 1 is used in MTH 60, Part 2 is used in MTH 65, and Part 3 is used in MTH 95.  ORCCA is available as an interactive HTML eBook, a downloadable PDF, and a printed and bound physical book.  About 5600 of the roughly 7000 exercises in ORCCA are available as online exercises in WeBWorK.

Part 1 print from Amazon $13.79; Part I (Chapters 1–4 and Appendix A) ISBN-13: 978-1088601761

Part 2 print from Amazon $15.40 Part II (Chapters 5–9)ISBN-13: 978-1089202110

Part 3 printfrom Amazon $15.40

Dr. Marcella Chiorescu of Georgia College created and shares this course, in a LibGuide interface.  Her description: "This course provides an in-depth study of the properties of algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions as needed for calculus.  Emphasis is on using algebraic and graphical techniques for solving problems involving linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions."  http://libguides.gcsu.edu/math1111/overview

Math 137 Intermediate Algebra

Open Resources for Community College Algebra (ORCCAis an open-source, openly-licensed textbook package (eBook, print, and online homework) for basic and intermediate algebra. At Portland Community College, Part 1 is used in MTH 60, Part 2 is used in MTH 65, and Part 3 is used in MTH 95.  ORCCA is available as an interactive HTML eBook, a downloadable PDF, and a printed and bound physical book.  About 5600 of the roughly 7000 exercises in ORCCA are available as online exercises in WeBWorK.

Part 1 print from Amazon $13.79; Part I (Chapters 1–4 and Appendix A) ISBN-13: 978-1088601761

Part 2 print from Amazon $15.40 Part II (Chapters 5–9)ISBN-13: 978-1089202110

Part 3 printfrom Amazon $15.40 Part III (Chapters 10–13)ISBN-13: 978-1687246615

OER Math Generally

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