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OER at UMSL Exhibit Fall 2022

Open Educational Resources OER at UMSL Exhibit Fall 2022

Languages and Worldview


Published January 2020


Asking and answering questions about what culture entails and examines the fundamental properties and intertwining nature of language and culture. This text explores linguistic relativity, lexical differences among languages and intercultural communication, including high and low contexts.




 UMSL Student Cost Savings

 236 enrolled UMSL students


UMSL OER Creator 

Professor Manon Allard-Kropp

Manon was born and raised in Chartres, France. She holds a Master’s degree in English studies from École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, from whence she first came to the U.S. as an exchange student at Washington University in St. Louis. Manon also received a Master’s degree in French from WashU’s Romance Languages Department, where she completed advanced coursework for the doctoral program in French. 

Professor Manon Allard-Kropp in the Department of Language and Cultural Studies tailored a variety of OER works into a singular text to fit the needs of the Languages and World View course at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. 

Legal Contexts of Education


Published March 2020


A collection of readings relevant to local Saint Louis, Missouri state and United States federal laws and cases as they relate to education policies. Readings on topics exploring Free Speech, the Fourth Amendment, Eighth Amendment, MODESE Policy, Segregation and the Fourteenth Amendment.





 UMSL Student Cost Savings

 38 enrolled UMSL students


UMSL OER Creator

Dr. Vanessa Garry

Dr. Vanessa Garry teaches K-12 leaders who aspire to be principals and district personnel.    Courses in the Master of Education in Educational Administration and Educational Specialist  programs taught by Dr. Garry include the following: Data Driven Instruction, K-12 School  Administration, Leadership for Equity, Legal Context of Education, School District Administration,  and Public Relations.

As a former administrator at both the school and district levels, Dr. Garry examines the history of urban education and leadership through the lens of the work performed by Dr. Ruth M. Harris, the first African American President of Stowe Teachers College from 1940 to 1954. 

General Psychology for Honors Students

Published September 2020

What are the most effective methods to study for a test? What are the meanings of  dreams? How do illusions work? With whom are you most likely to fall in love? These are just a few of the questions that have been asked by psychologists since the birth of the field in the 1870’s. This text surveys the basic concepts, theories, and pivotal findings over the past 100 years in the science of Psychology, with emphasis on contemporary concepts and findings focused on the relation of the brain to normal and pathological behaviors. 





 UMSL Student Cost Savings

 76 enrolled UMSL students


 UMSL OER Creator

 Professor Kate Votaw

 Kate Votaw is an Assistant Teaching Professor and the UMSL campus Undergraduate Research Coordinator. She returned to UMSL’s campus after receiving her B.A. in Psychological Sciences from UMSL in 2009 and her M.S. and Ph.D. for Social Psychology from Saint Louis University in 2016. Her primary position on campus is to teach undergraduates in the liberal arts tradition in the UMSL Pierre Laclede Honors College. 

 Professor Kate Votaw’s General Psychology for Honors Students OER textbook is a compilation of thirty-nine OER readings organized into ten sections.



Intercultural Communication

Published December 2020

Intercultural Communication examines culture as a variable in interpersonal and collective communication. It explores the opportunities and problems arising from similarities and differences in communication patterns, processes, and codes among various cultural groups. It explores cultural universals, social categorization, stereotyping and discrimination, with a focus on topics including race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender and sexuality as they relate to communication.






UMSL Student Cost Savings

184 enrolled UMSL students


 UMSL OER Creator

 Professor Shannon Ahrndt

Shannon Ahrndt is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication and Media at UMSL. She has extensive international teaching experience, including 10 years in South Korea at Seoul National University and Kyung Hee University, followed by 2 years in Da Nang, Vietnam at the University of Da Nang and American University Vietnam.

Shannon’s interest in studying cultures and extensive travel to nearly 40 countries has led her to develop intercultural communication courses in which students research and personally connect with minority cultures in order to increase intercultural competence.

American Literatures Prior to 1865

Newly Created OER at UMSL 

American Literatures Prior to 1865

Published August 2022

This book is an anthology showcasing four literatures: Colonial Literature, Literature of Native American Perspectives and Discovery, Literature of Nineteenth Century Reform and Literature of the New Nation. It includes 126 works organized into twenty four sections which align with the reading notebook entries students write twice a week beginning in the second week of the course. The PDF is 685 pages long.




“The text looks awesome, and I am looking forward to sharing it with my students! 


Even at that many pages, it's more than a third less than the 2046-page text I used when I first taught this class years ago (plus it weighs and costs a lot less!)."


 Scott D. Peterson, Ph.D.