Faculty Showcase — Mathematics & Statistics


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Chau Tran from California State University, Dominguez Hills
eTextbook: Introductory Statistics from OpenStax

Chau Tran
California State University, Dominguez Hills

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MAT 131: Elementary Statistics and Probability

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“I observed that many students didn’t purchase the required textbooks. They also struggled in understanding the material; even students who bought the textbooks...I considered giving students access to OER textbooks, software programs such as GeoGebra, Desmos, e-stat, etc., and providing visual tools prior to the start of the course. I anticipated that these measures would help students develop a deeper understanding of the material.”

Created May 2021

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Ariel Setniker from California Maritime Academy
eTextbook: Active Calculus by Matthew Boelkins

Ariel Setniker
California Maritime Academy

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MATH 140 - Business Calculus

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“While my driving force is to develop and use more relevant material which supports active learning in the classroom, an added bonus is to provide materials at no cost to our students. I was also blown away by the detailed real-world approach of this particular OER.”

Created April 2021

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Ariel Setniker, Ph.D. from California Maritime Academy
eTextbook: Custom Workbook for the Course by Dr. Ariel Setniker, et. al.

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Ariel Setniker, Ph.D.
California Maritime Academy

Campus Course

MTH 100: College Algebra and Trigonometry

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“Using OER and online homework systems allows instructors to make a perfectly relevant course for their unique programs. Dig in to the flexibility allowed within OER to adjust, cut, and add content to your liking!”

Created April 2021

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Amanda Rymal from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: Learning Statistics with JASP by Danielle J. Navarro, David R. Foxcroft, & Thomas J. Faulkenberry

Amanda Rymal
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

KINE 3700: Statistics in Kinesiology

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“I wanted to save students money, improve the learning materials, and make it easier for students to access materials online at any time. ”

Created April 2021

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Min-Lin Lo from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)

A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)
Min-Lin Lo
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

Math 3372: Combinatorics

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“I believe students learn better when they "do" the math, not just listen and copy from professors, therefore most of my lecture time is spent guiding students by asking questions and give them time to do problems in class before we discuss the solutions.”

Created March 2021

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Min-Lin Lo from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: Custom Workbook for the Course by Min-Lin Lo

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Min-Lin Lo
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

MTH 510: Topics in Math-Introduction to Graph Theory

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“I adopted OER in this class to save students money and foster an inquiry-based learning environment that was more student-centered.”

Created March 2021

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Nicole Dabbs from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: Learning Statistics with JASP by Danielle J. Navarro, David R. Foxcroft, & Thomas J. Faulkenberry

Nicole Dabbs
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

KINE 3700: Statistics in Kinesiology

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“ The main motivation to adopt an open textbook was to provide students affordability and accessibility to course materials. Most student access the open textbook in pdf format...Through virtual class discussions, students expressed their appreciation of a no cost textbook and having easy access to it via blackboard.”

Created February 2021

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Elizabeth Zapata from California State University, East Bay
eTextbook: An Introduction to Psychological Statistics by Garett C. Foster, David Lane, David Scott, Mikki Hebl, Rudy Guerra from University of Missouri, St. Louis

Elizabeth Zapata
California State University, East Bay

Campus Course

STAT 310: Statistical Methods in the Social Sciences

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“Financial challenges can be faced by students of all backgrounds. Affordable learning materials are just one way to "level the playing field" so that all students have access to the exact same level of materials for the class.”

Created January 2021

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Taiyo Inoue, Ph.D. from California Maritime Academy
eTextbook: Apex Calculus by G. Hartman

Taiyo Inoue, Ph.D.
California Maritime Academy

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MATH 210 - Single Variable Calculus I Early Transcendentals

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“I sought out a solution and found a very good one in the form of APEX Calculus - a free and open-source textbook that is good and still improving.”

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Daniel Brice, Ph.D. from California State University, Bakersfield
eTextbook: Proofs and Concepts: the Fundamentals of Abstract Mathematics by D. Morris and J. Morris

Daniel Brice, Ph.D.
California State University, Bakersfield

Campus Course

MATH 300 – Sets and Logic

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“The primary motivation for adoption is the potential cost savings for students. The material covered in the typical introduction-to-proofs textbook is hardly new or novel in any way - it is all standard material. There is no justification for charging students up to $120 for one-quarter's worth of material that is abstract in nature, general in application, and essentially amounts to an "open standard" among mathematicians.”

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Tami Matsumoto from College of the Redwoods
eTextbook: Chapters from College Trigonometry

Tami Matsumoto
College of the Redwoods

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MATH 851 - Trigonometry

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“In general, the primary motivation for adopting an open textbook is to save students money. Ease of access is also important, and using an online book eliminates many hurdles related to acquiring an actual book.”

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Hasan Z. Rahim from San Jose Community College
eTextbook: Introductory Statistics from OpenStax College

Hasan Z. Rahim
San Jose Community College

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MATH 110 - Introduction to Statistics

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“My main motivation is to save my students money without compromising on the quality of the text.”

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Barbara Illowsky from De Anza College
eTextbook: Introductory Statistics from OpenStax College

Barbara Illowsky
De Anza College

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MATH 110 - Introduction to Statistics

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“My suggestions for faculty who are just getting started is to search for existing OER before developing your own. There are great resources already available. You might need to supplement with minimal original development.”

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Larry Green from Lake Tahoe Community College
eTextbook: Introductory Statistics from OpenStax College

Larry Green
Lake Tahoe Community College

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MATH 110 - Introduction to Statistics

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“Over the years, it had been frustrating to see the students in sticker shock when told that the textbook would cost them $150 each. It is unfair that those in the minority with adequate funds were the only ones who were able to purchase the textbook while the rest attempted to "get by" without it. When I heard about the OER option I spoke with one of the authors, Dr. Barbara Illowsky, and some of the other early adopters to realize that students can learn just as well without having to spend large sums of money.”

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Irene Duranczyk
eTextbook: Introductory Statistics from OpenStax College

Irene Duranczyk

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MATH 110 - Introduction to Statistics

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“As a team, we took on the challenge of adapting the Collaborative Statistics text to meet our preferred order of topics, rearranged some groupings of topics, and added the technology support that we felt students needed for an exceptional experience.”

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Roy Shahbazian from Santa Ana College
eTextbook: Precalculus: An Investigation of Functions by David Lippman and Melonie Rasmussen from Pierce Community College

Roy Shahbazian
Santa Ana College

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MATH 155 - Precalculus

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“Getting departmental permission to use a textbook different from the department norm was challenging. Gradually more faculty have started to use it. We are now in the process of forming a committee to consider a more formal recommendation for other faculty who teach the course.”

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Min-Lin Lo, Ph.D. from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: Introductory Statistics from Saylor.org

Min-Lin Lo, Ph.D.
California State University, San Bernardino

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MATH 110 - Introduction to Statistics

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“The main motivation for adopting the open textbook was saving students money. I found this textbook by searching MERLOT.”

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April LaGue, Ph.D. from California State University, Bakersfield
eTextbook: Boundless Statistics

April LaGue, Ph.D.
California State University, Bakersfield

Campus Course

CAFS 4000 – Introduction to Research Methods

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“The main motivation for adopting the open textbook was to save students money. An added bonus was that students knew I did the work and research for them to save money and so it immediately created a positive relationship with them from the beginning. To find this textbook, I worked with my ALS coordinator and did some of my own online researching.”

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Julie Simons, Ph.D. from California Maritime Academy
eTextbook: Introductory Statistics from OpenStax College

Julie Simons, Ph.D.
California Maritime Academy

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MATH 110 - Introduction to Statistics

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“To choose an open textbook for this course, I browsed Merlot and OpenStax and other OER sites. I reviewed the options available, in terms of content and ease of use. Due to the interface and accessibility options for this book, it stood apart from some other resources.”