Skill-Building OER

Overview

Faculty often need supplemental resources to help students build necessary skills in critical thinking, writing, and learning. Below, I've collected resources that have broad, interdisciplinary appeal. Feel free to recommend them to faculty. Included in this resource list is information about each OER's license and usage. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. If there are additional topics you would like to see covered here, please comment on this article.  

Resources

Critical Thinking

OERLicense / Attribution / YearUsageContent
Exploring Perspectives: A Concise Guide to AnalysisCC-BY-NC-SA / Randall Fallows / 2011Remix and revise okay, provided any revised content is shared openly. Attribution required. Noncommercial use only. Analyzing multiple perspectives; developing assertions, explanations and significance; writing analytical essays.
Introduction to Logic and Critical ThinkingCC-BY )/ Matthew Van Cleave / 2016Remix and revise okay. Attribution required. Argumentation, analysis, formal argumentation models, logical fallacies.

Skills for College Success

OERLicense / Attribution / YearUsageContent
Online Student Readiness TutorialsCC-BY / Chancellor’s Office, California Community CollegesRemix and revise okay. Attribution required.Materials are available as video, mp3 or text! Covers organization, study, and communication skills specific for online learners.
Blueprint for Success in College and CareerCC-BY / Dave Dillon / 2018Remix and revise okay. Attribution required. Study skills, critical thinking, note-taking, career exploration, test-taking strategies.
How to Learn Like a Pro!CC-BY / Phyllis Nissila / 2016Remix and revise okay. Attribution required. Time management, critical thinking, reading skills, test-taking.
A Different Road to College: A Guide for Transitioning to College for Non-Traditional StudentsCC-BY / Alise Lamoreaux / 2016Remix and revise okay. Attribution required. Strategies for addressing critical barriers that nontraditional students often face.
College SuccessCC-BY-NC-SA / University of Minnesota Libraries / 2015Remix and revise okay, provided any revised content is shared openly. Attribution required. Noncommercial use only.Staying organized, taking notes, critical reading, test taking, interacting with instructors.

Writing & Grammar

OERLicense / Attribution / YearUsageContent
Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic ResearchCC-BY / Ohio State University Libraries / 2016Remix and revise okay. Attribution required.Research: Student-generated research projects, writing in contexts, generating research questions.
Writing for SuccessCC-BY-NC-SA / University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing Remix and revise okay, provided any revised content is shared openly. Attribution required. Noncommercial use only. Grammar: Sentence structure, punctuation, word choice, additional concepts for multilingual students.
The Simple Math of Writing Well: Writing for the 21st CenturyCC-BY-NC-SA / Jennie Harrop / 2018Remix and revise okay, provided any revised content is shared openly. Attribution required. Noncommercial use only.Grammar: Sentence structure, paragraph development, essay organization, the writing process, academic formatting, professional writing.