Faculty Showcase — Mathematics & Statistics

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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.”

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

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

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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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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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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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Irene Duranczyk from University of Minnesota, MN
eTextbook: Introductory Statistics from OpenStax College

Irene Duranczyk
University of Minnesota, MN

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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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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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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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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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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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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.”