STEM & Other Coursework

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COURSEWORK/TEXTS BY DISCIPLINE

BUSINESS

Project Management for Team Members

(eText Only)

Project Management for Team Members – written by Lisa-Ann Barnes, a practicing project manager – contains the best practices and techniques project team members need to interact with the project manager and to work together as participants in the project management process. This book provides the project management skills needed to be a proactive team member: understanding the desired outcome of the project, prioritizing work appropriately, sharing progress information, understanding the nuances of the project plans, collaborating with other team members, and being a more effective problem-solver. This book is intended for the: person new to working on projects who wants to understand their role as project team member, project team member who wants to be more effective at fulfilling their responsibilities, and the project manager who wants to improve how they interact with their team members. The book can be read by an individual at their own pace, by each team member as part of a project kick-off phase, or in a cohort as part of a book club, general employee onboarding, or development program.

Project Management for Team Members

(Online Course)

Audience: Project Team Members

Level: Foundational

Outcomes: Learn the project management skills to be a proactive team member - understand the desired outcome of the project, push information to the project manager in a timely manner, and prioritize your work appropriately. Understand the nuances of project plans, and be a more effective problem-solver. This will help you to contribute to the project’s success and be a valued contributor.


Introduction to Project Management

(Online Course)

Audience: People who are looking for the basics, are new to project management, or lead small project teams.

Level: Foundational

Outcomes: This course covers the key activities of the project management process – identifying stakeholders, scoping the project, assigning roles and responsibilities, creating a simple schedule, and assessing project health. Invite project managers, team leaders, and team members to start building a culture around project management in your organization.

Project Management from Start to Finish (eText Only)

Project Management From Start to Finish describes a practical, scalable, and holistic approach to project management. Written by Lisa-Ann Barnes, an experienced project management consultant, this book balances the mechanics of project management with the strategic and leadership skills needed to manage projects in today's complex environments. The activities and deliverables of each phase of the project management process are detailed from a practice-based, not theory-based, perspective. Guidance is provided for tailoring the process to ensure the project manager is always adding value to the project. Best practices, examples from real projects, and downloads to a set of integrated templates make this book a useful reference. This digital book delivers content through text, videos, audios, reflection questions, and self-check activities.

CHEMISTRY

Preparatory/Introductory Chemistry

Basics of Chemistry: Concepts in Context

Basics of Chemistry: Concepts in Context is an introductory textbook that includes topics that one would expect for students in a college-level, one semester course (Preparatory or Introductory Chemistry) seeking a broad background. The book makes use of integrated contexts in which the chemistry is introduced and explained: health, an introduction to chemical aspects of medicine, and chemistry in everyday life. Some of the contextual components might be considered complex for an introductory college course. Indeed, virtually all chemistry in such a course can be learned and understood at a much higher level. Thus, the book ascribes to the principle of “need to know”, in which sufficient background is presented to explain the ideas and information to the reader.

General, Organic and Biochemistry (GOB)

General, Organic and Biochemistry

General, Organic and Biochemistry is an introductory textbook for students in a college-level, two semester course seeking a broad background. This book takes some of its design ideas from successful, evidence-based pedagogies and strategies. Several themes represent the contexts in which the chemistry is introduced and explained; the main ones are health, an introduction to chemical aspects of medicine, and chemistry in everyday life. Those applications are an integral part of the content and not simply “asides” or “text boxes” that interrupt the flow of discussions. Some of the contextual components might be considered complex for an introductory college course. Indeed, virtually all chemistry in such courses can be learned and understood at a much higher level. Thus, the book ascribes to the principle of “need to know”, in which sufficient background is presented to explain the ideas and information to the reader. Problem-based learning (i.e., use of case studies) has been used successfully in several types of professional schools.

DIGITAL MEDIA/CONTENT CREATION

New Media: Content Creation, Distribution and Monetization

Coming Soon

New Media literacy matters in a digital social era where 75% of young people want to become brands, influencers, and content creators, and 25% of millennials would quit their day job to be famous. For media and non-media majors, this course details how to improve your digital identity, become visible to 21st Century employers, and win the job race before you even graduate. In our collective experience as New Media professors, consultants, authors and bloggers, we have identified the steps that lead directly to online video success. This course details those steps. We’re going to show how to make videos and video series that generate so much excitement, your bodyguard will need a bodyguard. From brainstorming killer concepts right through to building your personal brand and cashing in on paid production and distribution opportunities, learn how NOT to get lost in the vast wasteland of mediocre content that gets uploaded to YouTube every day.

HUMANITIES

Introduction to Cultural Competence

Coming Soon

This coursework provides an introduction to cultural competence. The course is broken into video segments that focus on the five developmental orientations of cultural competence, based on the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The videos utilize voices of how students define and create cultural competence in their communities. These videos are appropriate for high school and college campus initiatives and classes, organization, and community training.

MATHEMATICS

College Algebra Video eBook

College Algebra Video eBook is a comprehensive College Algebra course, made to be entirely available to the student on video. It was designed to be all-inclusive, with complete algebra coverage for all of the topics that a student could possibly study in any College Algebra course. This set of videos could act as a standalone course or compliment any mainstream College Algebra text. In this course, there are two types of videos: lecture videos and example videos. The course is Learning Objective (LO) driven, as each video address a specific learning objective. Laid out by an easy to follow Chapter, Section and Learning Objective (LO) format, each video covers a particular learning objective. Just navigate to what you are searching for and watch. It is that simple.

Algebra and Trigonometry Video eBook

Algebra and Trigonometry Video eBook is a comprehensive Algebra and Trigonometry course, made to be entirely available to the student on video. It was designed to be all-inclusive, with complete Algebra and Trigonometry coverage for all of the topics that a student could possibly study in any Algebra and Trigonometry course. This set of videos could act as a standalone course or compliment any mainstream Algebra and Trigonometry text. In this course, there are two types of videos: lecture videos and example videos. The course is Learning Objective (LO) driven, as each video address a specific learning objective. Laid out by an easy to follow Chapter, Section and Learning Objective (LO) format, each video covers a particular learning objective. Just navigate to what you are searching for and watch. It is that simple.

Precalculus Video eBook

Precalculus Video eBook is a comprehensive precalculus course, made to be entirely available to the student on video. It was designed to be all-inclusive, with complete precalculus coverage for all of the topics that a student could possibly study in any precalculus course. This set of videos could act as a standalone course or compliment any mainstream precalculus text. In this course, there are two types of videos: lecture videos and example videos. The course is Learning Objective (LO) driven, as each video address a specific learning objective. Laid out by an easy to follow Chapter, Section and Learning Objective (LO) format, each video covers a particular learning objective. Just navigate to what you are searching for and watch. It is that simple.

Precalculus with Co-requisites Video eBook

Precalculus with Co-requisites Video eBook is a comprehensive precalculus course, made to be entirely available to the student on video. It was designed to be all-inclusive, with complete precalculus coverage for all of the topics that a student could possibly study in any precalculus course. This set of videos could act as a standalone course or compliment any mainstream precalculus text. In this course, there are two types of videos: lecture videos and example videos. The course is Learning Objective (LO) driven, as each video address a specific learning objective. Laid out by an easy to follow Chapter, Section and Learning Objective (LO) format, each video covers a particular learning objective. Just navigate to what you are searching for and watch. It is that simple.

The notes presented here are lecture notes based upon the course as taught by Dr. Robert Muncaster at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Practice Questions attached to the notes represent a full suite of skill building questions appropriate to any course on linear algebra. These questions are skill building rather than concept oriented. In this sense the notes and questions are an excellent supplement to any text on linear algebra.

The chapters and sections within this text represent how Dr. Muncaster teaches this course. The topics and subtopics arrange accordingly. Each Chapter Summary, has aligned Dr. Muncaster's notes to the existing Strang’s text for those using wanting to use these notes and questions as a supplement to this book.

Stemify helps STEM students diagnose, remediate and accelerate their learning in mathematics. Stemify assists students in the development of foundational mathematics knowledge to handle STEM related coursework. Stemify is a student first, science based approach which meets students where they want to learn - on their digital devices!

Developed within the Mathematics Department at the University of Connecticut, Stemify is a value focused solution that assists students in the their foundational mathematics development from basic algebra through precalculus. It is the perfect addition to any STEM focused curriculum.

EDUCATION

ProjectSet is a simple, user-friendly, SaaS solution that enables employers to set up virtual internships (both paid and unpaid), university partnered experiential coursework projects/mentorships, hackathons and more to recruit students!

  • ProjectSet is a platform for finding and working virtually with the best students and recent graduates, with the brightest ideas.

  • You can recruit, onboard and run your internship all virtually through the tools on our platform.

  • It takes a few minutes to create the internship post and then you can sit back and watch the applications roll in.

  • You can quickly compare students’ profiles, including their CVs, Portfolios and Video Profiles.

ProjectSet is a simple, user-friendly, SaaS solution that enables educators to set up project based learning (PBL) curriculum/projects, hackathons, and employer mentored/partnered virtual internships (both paid and unpaid) to develop your students' soft skills and work experience.

  • Virtual Course Projects are set up by Educators to enable students to apply specific concepts or theories to solve a real-world problem. Students work mostly in teams under the guidance of the educators to earn credits, as a part of a course-curriculum.

  • Project-based learning (PBL), as this methodology is widely known as, has been widely adopted for a broad range of subjects in a number of leading universities including Berkeley (UC), Carnegie Mellon, Duke, and Stanford.

  • In addition, educators are increasingly involving employers in these projects to provide complementary insights as well as demo examples of business applications.

  • With ProjectSet, you can now choose from a wide range of employers – irrespective of their location or distance. In addition, your students can work with minimal guidance by accessing our free online library of tools and templates.

  • You will have access to a digital dashboard for a real-time view of progress, including student and employer engagement. If you are interested in attracting a specific employer, we may be able to assist you in the process.

ProjectSet is a simple, user-friendly, SaaS solution for all of your scholastic (K-12) project-based learning (PBL)/experiential learning needs.

  • Having your students work on a project related to subjects or coursework is a great way to develop students' lifelong workplace skills, concepts, and competencies.

  • Project based learning (PBL) involves learning by doing and complements the traditional methods of learning. ProjectSet, the simple project based learning platform allows your students to work solo or in a team.

  • Once you create the project, your students have the flexibility to work anytime they want (evenings, lunch-time or whenever) from anywhere and can still collaborate effectively by sharing files and messages on their dedicated PBL workspace.

  • Moreover, your students can archive key outputs with just a click to showcase it to parents and prospective employers. So, create a project today with ProjectSet!