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UConn Atoms First Chemistry

OpenStax Atoms First Chemistry UConn version

Revised by Prof. Edward Neth

UConn Chemistry Faculty

 

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OER Textbooks

  • OpenStax College (Rice University)
    An initiative of Rice University that offers open-source textbooks that have been peer-reviewed. Includes textbooks for biology, chemistry, economics, history, math, psychology, and sociology.
  • Open Textbook Library (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
    A collection of openly-licensed and free-to-download textbooks created by institutional members of the Open Textbook Network (including Open Stax). The Library is hosted by the University of Minnesota. Business, Economics, Social Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences, Humanities, and more.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare Online Textbooks (Engineering, Sciences, & Math)
    “The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.” Dick K.P. Yue, Professor, MIT School of Engineering. Undergrad to grad levels. Most items in engineering. May also have link to online print copy purchase.

Additional Repositories (Many formats, subjects, licenses)

  • American Institute of Mathematics Open Textbook Initiative
    A portal to basic and advanced level textbooks reviewed and approved by the American Institute of Mathematics.
  • BCcampus OpenEd
    A collection of over 70 openly-licensed textbooks created or revised by faculty at British Columbia's post-secondary institutions.
  • Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL)
    COERLL's mission is to produce and disseminate Open Educational Resources (OER) for the Internet public (e.g., online language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, corpora, etc.). Materials for Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Malayalam, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Yoruba
  • College Open Textbooks
    Variety of subjects, some books peer reviewed.
  • Green Tea Press
    Free access to downloadable books in the Think series for computer science and statistics. The books in the series were written by Allen Downey, a professor of computer science.
  • InTech
    Science, Technology, and Medicine open access books. Includes a small amount of Humanities and Social Sciences as well.
  • LibreTexts  Icon
    Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture, Photosciences.

    "...the LibreTexts project, which is a multi-institutional collaborative venture to develop the next generation of open-access texts to improve post-secondary education at all levels of higher learning. The LibreTexts approach is highly collaborative where an Open Access textbook environment is under constant revision by students, faculty, and outside experts to supplant conventional paper-based books. The LibreTexts project is currently directed by UC Davis Professor and project Founder Delmar Larsen.
  • Merlot
    One of the oldest and largest collections of online resources for teaching. To find textbooks, use the search function and limit by material type. Advanced Search recommended.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare Search by Topic/format
    Drill down from a Major Topic to Sub-Topic or Specialty. Limit formats as wanted to Video/Audio Lectures Student Work, Lecture Notes, Assessments, Online Textbook, Interactive Simulations.
  • National Academies Press
    Over 5,000 titles available for free PDF download from the National Academies of Science.
  • Noba
    A free and open collection for psychology, sponsored by the Diener Education Fund (DEF).
  • OER Commons
    Dynamic digital library and network dedicated to curriculum improvement. Many educational levels, types of learning resources, and subjects.
  • Open Culture
    A directory of 200 open textbooks, arranged by subject.
  • Open Textbook Library (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
    A collection of openly-licensed and free-to-download textbooks created by institutional members of the Open Textbook Network (including Open Stax). The Library is hosted by the University of Minnesota. Business, Economics, Social Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences, Humanities, and more.
  • Open SUNY Textbooks
    Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. This pilot initiative publishes high-quality, cost-effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer-reviewers, and libraries as publishing service and infrastructure.
  • OpenStax College (Rice University)
    An initiative of Rice University that offers open-source textbooks that have been peer-reviewed. Includes textbooks for biology, chemistry, economics, history, math, psychology, and sociology.
  • PennState College of Earth and Mineral Sciences OER Course Modules
    Open Courseware from these Academic Units
    Energy and Mineral Engineering
    Geography
    Geosciences
    Materials Science and Engineering
    Meteorology
    and more.
  • PhET: INTERACTIVE SIMULATIONS FOR SCIENCE AND MATH
    PhET provides free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations. Written in Java, Flash or HTML5, these can be run online or downloaded to your computer. All simulations are open source.
  • Saylor Academy Bookshelf
    A textbook collection which is heavily business-oriented. Saylor Academy's site also features freely available courses.
  • Stitz Zeager Open Source Mathematics
    Free trigonometry, algebra, and precalculus textbooks which can be downloaded as PDF documents. Developed by mathematics professors Carl Stitz and Jeff Zeager, winners of the University System of Ohio's 2010 Faculty Innovators Award.

Popular Free Movie Sites

Internet Archive - " . . . a library of free movies, films, and videos. This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download."

The Internet Movie Database (ImDb) - videos, trailers, and TV shows . . . and more

National Film Board - "NFB.ca is a Web site where you can watch films produced by the National Film Board of Canada. . . " Download an iTunes application allowing you to watch animations and short documentaries from this site on your iPhone.

  • ALA Open Video Collection Websites  Icon
    List of and links to quality, freely accessible collections of online video.
  • American Archive of Public Broadcasting  Icon
    The Library of Congress and WGBH in Boston's project to preserve for posterity the most significant public television and radio programs of the past 60 years.
  • The Paramount Vault  Icon
    "The Paramount Vault showcases a collection of Paramount full-length films and clips including selections that range from black-and-white to color, comedy to horror, and everything in between. Viewers are invited to explore the vast landscape of cinema’s history, share their favorite films, and discover new ones through this official channel created by Paramount Pictures."
  • Soviet and Russian Films  Icon
    Golden collection of Mosfilm Studios comprises unique works of Soviet and Russian cinematography which are reflections of the times when they were created. Now the good news is that to anyone in any part of the world the best of Soviet and Russian films are available for free online viewing in the showing rooms of our online cinema.
  • Video Data Bank - School of the Art Institute of Chicago  Icon
    "Sourced from the historically significant archives of the Video Data Bank, VDB TV includes work from early video pioneers active in the 1960s and 70s, through to emerging contemporary artists. VDB TV offers viewers across the United States and beyond access to rare video art, the opportunity to engage with programs conceived by a wide range of curators, and original writing, all while ensuring that artists are compensated for their work."
  • Vimeo  Icon
    "In 2004, Vimeo was founded by a group of filmmakers who wanted to share their creative work and personal moments from their lives. As time went on, likeminded people discovered Vimeo and helped build a supportive community of individuals with a wide range of passions. Today, millions of people from all around the world enjoy Vimeo, and we’re growing bigger every day. We hope this fun and friendly environment fuels your own creativity and inspires you to contribute to Vimeo in the ways that mean the most to you."
  • YouTube EDU  Icon
    "Whether you're doing research for a project, need help with homework, or just want to learn something new, YouTube EDU features some of our most popular educational videos across YouTube. This channel is generated automatically by YouTube's video discovery system."
 

Evaluating a Textbook's Structure and Content

Peer 2 Peer University has created this graphic to illustrate some basic rules of textbook structure: 

Evaluation Criteria: BCcampus lists 12 criteria that can be used to evaluate an open textbook: http://www.bccampus.ca/files/2013/10/BC-Open-Textbooks-Review-Criteria_Oct2013.pdf

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