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Dr. Ben Dyhr

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Course for OER adoption:  MTH 1080 Mathematics for Liberal Arts

Semester of planned adoption:  Spring 2020

Project summary:  The OER textbook Math in Society by David Lippman, (Editions 2.4 or 2.5) is available for free download at OpenTextBookStore.com/mathinsociety.  This textbook and some supplementary notes are used to provide course materials for an OER section of MTH 1080.  The current textbook used in MTH 1080 is Using and Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach, 7th Edition by J. Bennett and W. Briggs is priced at $120 and up depending on online homework options that individual instructors require.  Implementation of an OER textbook can save a full (35 student) class of MTH 1080 as much as $5000 in total savings.


Dr. Brendan Fry

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical & Computer Sciences

Course for OER adoption:  MTH 3440 Partial Differential Equations

Semester of planned adoption:  Spring 2020

Project summary:  In this course, the open textbook, Elementary Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems by William Trench, will replace the standard textbook for the course, which generally costs between $100 and $150.  The goal is to relieve the burden of textbook costs for MSU Denver students, without sacrificing quality of materials.


Honor Heer, M.S.

Lecturer, Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Course for OER adoption:  MTH 1080 Mathematics for Liberal Arts

Semester for planned adoption:  Spring 2020

Project summary:  Converted to and implemented OER resources in Spring 2020.  Used to use an online homework platform through Pearson (MyLab Math) that would cost $105 per student for the semester.  Switched to doing online homework on Blackboard, which is a good skeleton, but going to make more robust for the summer semester (and following semesters).  The OER book chosen is great, but missing one section of required material.  However, created skeleton notes for the class that is filled out together and thus, the students may not even use the open textbook.  The biggest change to the course was changing the homework as mentioned above.


Jennifer Zakotnik-Gutierrez, M.S.

Lecturer, Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Course for OER adoption:  MTH 1080 Mathematics for Liberal Arts

Semester for planned adoption:  Spring 2020

Project summary:  Adopted the OER textbook, Math in Society by David Lipman, following the advice of course coordinator Ben Dyhr, who found the text and piloted it in Fall 2019.  The two sections of the course represented 66 students, each saving $80-$175 by not purchasing a traditional textbook.  Use in-class notes and activities to supplement the online text, as well as Blackboard hosted online homework assignment created by Dr. Dyhr.  Currently looking for other OER resources for MTH 1080 and a trigonometry course for Fall 2020.


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