Teaching with OER OpenStax Canvas Course Shells

In this 9-minute video, Dr. Jennifer Carlin-Goldberg from Santa Rosa Junior College shows how she uses Canvas Commons to import sample course shells with free OpenStax textbook content. Jennifer also gives us a tour of her hybrid Statistics class in Canvas and explains how she integrated OpenStax content with her own materials along with shared quizzes and YouTube videos designed to go with the OpenStax textbook.

OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University that creates peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks available in free, digital formats to students and for a low cost in print. Since it launched in 2012, OpenStax has produced 45 textbooks in Math, Science, Social Sciences and Humanities that are free for faculty to use “as is” or to download and modify. Starting in December 2017, Canvas users can use Commons to import OpenStax content that the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative (OEI) has embedded in Canvas course shells.

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Liz's commitment to distance education began in 2005 when she began teaching U.S. History to correspondence students through snail mail. She earned a Ph.D. in History in 2009 and a Master of Education degree in Learning Systems Design and Development in 2011. In her role at the CVC-OEI, she enjoys supporting faculty as they create innovative courses that provide active learning experiences for all students. Liz continues to teach History as an adjunct instructor for Barstow Community College and Santa Rosa Junior College, where she also served for three years as the Instructional Designer in Distance Education.

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