College Algebra Cohort: Learning Outcomes and Existing OER

Learning Outcomes

These learning outcomes are the course level outcomes, over the whole course. We will still need to develop outcomes in each chapter of the resource we create. After looking over what was provided by members of our cohort, here is a list of outcomes that I believe we can go with. I did my best to compile everyone’s objectives they provided into a single list. If there is any overlap, or things I left out, we can cut down or add where needed.

  1. Solve equations and inequalities in a variety of formats.
  2. Graph the basic functions of mathematics.
  3. Use properties of functions to simplify expressions.
  4. Solve applications using a variety of formats.
  5. Expose students to technology-based applications associated with real-world problems.

Existing OER

Starting with an existing OER resource, and putting it into Pressbooks, I believe is the most favorable option. We can always add to that resource to build our own, and I would like us to consider doing that – to make this our own resource! Below is a list of what was provided by members of our cohort. We need to settle on which of these resources we would like to start with as our base to adapt.

  1. College Algebra by Jay Abramson: OpenStax
  2. College Algebra - Open Textbook Library
  3. Algebra and Trigonometry | OER Repository - Affordable Learning LOUISiana
  4. (Precalculus, 3rd Corrected Edition and College Algebra, 3rd Corrected Edition)
  5. Precalculus (

Karen provided this OER that has videos embedded in the lessons: Overview - MATH 1111 - College Algebra - Library at Georgia College

Ginny shared a link to the LCTCS OER College Algebra that can be found in Canvas Commons. She suggested to supplement each of the examples with either a video example or content explanation similar to what Karen provided. She also shared that she is partial to James Sousa Youtube channel (Me, too Ginny!).

Ginny also shared: The Louis OER Commons Algebra & Trig book uses the OpenStax Algebra & Trig book. The OpenStax College Algebra by Jay Abramson is essentially the first few chapters in the Algebra / Trig book. I’m partial to the OpenStax College Algebra as a starting point.

Ginny shared the following suggested edits to the Learning Objectives:

  1. Solve equations and inequalities.
  2. Graph and analyze mathematical functions.
  3. Combine and evaluate functions.
  4. Model and solve application problems.
  5. Expose students to technology-based applications associated with real-world problems.

I agree with her additional comment about the last CLO: I’m not sure on this one. While it can be something we include in the course, the use of technology should be left to the instructor. I don’t think it needs to be a course objective. I don’t know how to measure ‘expose’. Besides, technology can be used on all of the preceding Learning Objectives if desired.

It is my understanding that we have decided to use either the OpenStax College Algebra text or the OpenStax Algebra & Trig book depending on what is found already in Pressbooks. I see that nothing has been brought into Pressbooks just yet.
The main difference between the two book per the Table of Contents is that in the College Algebra Chapter 7 is Systems, which in the Algebra & Trig Chapter 11 is Systems. Chapters 1-6 appear to be exactly the same.

In reference to the Section Objectives, I think we should start with the ones presented in the text. However, I have noticed that we need to make a better match between the listed objectives and topic headers. We may also need to reword some of the objectives ensuring they use Bloom’s taxonomy.

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I can help with objectives, but it is probably best to wait until after all the content is in the correct spots in the text. You and I both know that OpenStax has an issue with making measurable objectives.