Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources, or OER, are freely available, openly licensed learning materials that anyone can use, share, edit, and distribute.

OER are:

  • Free to access
  • Available from day one of class
  • Customizable to fit students' learning needs

NMC faculty are using OER and other creative textbook choices to lower the cost of education for all students. By choosing free and low cost textbooks for their courses, these efforts have saved NMC students an estimated $1,047,300 since Fall 2015. Below is a list of known courses using free or low cost materials.

Instructors with an email address listed are open to being contacted by other faculty with questions about their course.

Course Number

Course Name

Course Materials

Instructor(s)

ANT 102

Underwater Archaeology

Underwater Archaeology: The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice by Amanda Bowens; Available from the library via Ebook Central.

Mark Holley

ANT 201

Nautical Archaeology I

Underwater Archaeology: The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice by Amanda Bowens; Available from the library via Ebook Central.

Mark Holley

ART 100

Art Appreciation

 

Michael Torre, Carolyn Schaefer-Hills

ART 111

History of Western Art I

 

Michael Torre

ART 112

History of Western Art II

 

Michael Torre

BIO 110*

Essential Biology

Concepts of Biology by OpenStax (free online) and PanOpen access code (low-cost, available via the NMC Bookstore)

Nate Peplinski

BUS 231

Professional Communications

Business Communication for Success

Joan Berg

CIT 122A

Computer and Internet Basics I

 

Scott Goethals

CIT 218

Web Application Development

Professional ASP.NET MVC 5 by John Galloway; Available from the library via Ebook Central.

Lisa Balbach

CIT 243

Cloud Technologies

 

David Hosler

CIT 256

Linux I

CompTIA Linux+ Study Guide (3rd ed.); Available from the library via Ebook Central.

David Hosler

CIT 257

Linux II

CompTIA Linux+ Study Guide (3rd ed.); Available from the library via Ebook Central.

David Hosler

EDU 100

College Success

The New Science of Learning by Terry Doyle; Available from the library via EBSCO ebooks.

Janet Lively

EDU 101

Introduction to Teaching

The First Year by Kristi Johnson Smith (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education)

Mark DeLonge

EGR 101

Introduction to Engineering

 

Ed Bailey, James Smith

ENG 99/108*

Intro to College Reading/Writing; Critical Reading Strategies

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and They Say, I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing (with 2016 MLA update) by Gerald Graff

All sessions; contact Kristen Salathiel

ENG 107

Academic Study Methods

The New Science of Learning by Terry Doyle; Available from the library via EBSCO ebooks.

All sessions

ENG 111

English Composition

Excelsior Online Writing Lab and Lumen Learning Thematic Reading Anthology (Sarah Wangler)

Sarah Wangler, Ryan Wilson, Kevin Avery, Judy Chu, Bronwyn Jones, Nancy Parshall, David Sprenkle, Melissa Sprenkle

ENG 111*

English Composition

They Say, I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing (with 2016 MLA update) by Gerald Graff

Kristen Salathiel, Nancy Gray

ENG 112

English Composition

Excelsior Online Writing Lab and Lumen Learning Thematic Reading Anthology (Sarah Wangler)

Janet Lively, Sarah Wangler, Ryan Wilson, Barcley Owens

ENG 112*

English Composition

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Judy Chu

ENG 220

Technical Writing

A customized mix of the following texts: Lumen Learning Technical Writing, Kennesaw State University Technical Writing, and Online Technical Writing by David McMurrey

Ryan Bernstein, Janet Lively

ENG 221*

Creative Writing

Current year's Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology

Sarah Wangler

ENG 241

World Mythology

 

Sarah Wangler

ENG 241*

World Mythology

Bedford Anthology of World Literature Vol. 1: The Ancient World by Paul Davis and Gary Harrison

Marjory Smith

ENG 254

Shakespeare

 

Melissa Sprenkle

ENG 265*

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Megan Ward

ENV 111*

Physical Geology

Exploring Geology (3rd ed.) by Stephen Reynolds

Robb Houston

ENV 112*

Historical Geology

Historical Geology (5th ed.) by Reed Wicander

Robb Houston

ENV 117*

Meteorology & Climatology

The Atmosphere (12th ed.) by Frederick Lutgens

Michael Jacobson

ENV 131

Oceanography

Introduction to Ocean Sciences (2nd ed.) by Douglas Segar (low-cost optional text)

Robb Houston

ENV 140

Watershed Science

 

John Sullivan

ENV 270A*

Michigan Basin Geology

Robb Houston

GEO 101

Introduction to Geography

Open Geography

Joe Pomerville

GEO 108

Geography of U.S. & Canada

Open Geography

Joe Pomerville

GEO 109

World Regional Geography

World Regional Geography by Caitlin Finlayson

Joe Pomerville

HAH 100

Health Informatics

 

Betsy Boris

HST 111

U.S. History to 1865

U.S. History by OpenStax

Mindy Morton

HST 111*

U.S. History to 1865

Outline of U.S. History: The Story of Us by Tom Gordon and John Adams HBO miniseries (DVD or streaming)

Tom Gordon

HST 111*

U.S. History to 1865

History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877 (open; freely available online from the University of North Georgia) and Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop by Edmund Morgan (low-cost)

Kevin D'Alessandro

HST 111*

U.S. History to 1865

The American Promise, Volume I: To 1877, 5th ed.(low-cost) and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (available from the library via Ebook Central)

Brian McCall

HST 112

U.S. History since 1865

U.S. History by OpenStax

Mindy Morton

HST 112*

U.S. History since 1865

Outline of U.S. History: The Story of Us by Tom Gordon and John Adams HBO miniseries (DVD or streaming)

Tom Gordon

HST 212*

African-American History

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs (available from the library via Ebook Central) and Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody (low-cost)

Brian McCall

HST 213*

American Women's History

 

Mindy Morton

HST 228

The Vietnam War

Tom Gordon

HST 230*

A History of Michigan

Waiting for the Morning Train by Bruce Catton and Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State by Willis Dunbar

Brian McCall

HUM 116*

World Cultures

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (low-cost) and Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (available online via Project Gutenberg and others)

Jim Bensley

MFG 111

Math for Manufacturing

Math for Manufacturing, by Jason Slade

Jason Slade

MKT 201

Principles of Marketing

Elizabeth Sonnabend

MKT 241

Principles of Advertising

Elizabeth Sonnabend

MNG 100*

Introduction to Marine Engineering

Benjamin Minor, Karl Schroeder

MTH 120

Mathematical Explorations

Math in Society by David Lippman (edited to meet the needs of the course)

All sessions; contact Deb Pharo

MTH 121

College Algebra

College Algebra by Carl Stitz and Jeff Zeager

All sessions

MTH 122

Trigonometry

Algebra & Trigonometry, by OpenStax

All sessions

PHL 101

Introduction to Philosophy

Mella McCormick

PHL 105*

Critical Thinking

Making Your Mind Matter by Vincent Ruggiero

Gary Klotzbach

PHL 202

Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas

 

Mella McCormick, Anthony Weber, Chris Kuchuris

PSY 100*

Career Exploration & Planning

Becoming a Master Student by Dave Ellis

Kari Kahler

PSY 101

Introduction to Psychology

Psychology by OpenStax

All sessions; contact Shilo Smith

PSY 223*

Social Psychology

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (low-cost) and Principles of Social Psychology (open; freely available online from University of Minnesota)

Shilo Smith

PSY 225

Human Sexuality

The Psychology of Human Sexuality by Justin Lehmiller; Available from the library via Ebook Central

Susan Odgers

PSY 250

Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology LibGuide (consisting of a mix of instructor-created, open and library licensed materials)

Regis McCord, Lisa Blackford

SWK 121

Introduction to Social Work

 

Lisa Blackford

SWK 221

Introduction to Social Welfare

Lisa Blackford

*Denotes low-cost textbook (under $40)

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