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LOUIS’ Interactive OER for Dual Enrollment project, funded by a $2 million Open Textbooks Pilot Program grant from the Department of Education, supports the extension of access to high-quality post-secondary opportunities to high school students across Louisiana and beyond. This project features a collaboration between educational systems in Louisiana, the library community, Pressbooks technology partner, and workforce representatives. It will enable and enhance the delivery of open educational resources (OER) and interactive quiz and assessment elements for priority dual enrollment courses in Louisiana and nationally. Developed OER course materials will be released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification and sharing with others.

Dual Enrollment Courses

General Biology I (Science Majors): 

Scientific method; general concepts and principles of biological molecules, cell structure and function; genetics.

General Biology I Lecture + Lab (Science Majors): 

Scientific method; general concepts and principles of biological molecules, cell structure and function; genetics. The course material is presented in a combined lecture and laboratory format.

General Biology II Lecture + Lab (Science Majors): 

General concepts and principles of ecology, evolution, and biological diversity, for science majors. The course material is presented in a combined lecture and laboratory format.

General/Introduction to Business Administration: 

Survey of business concepts and functional areas of business, including accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and business ethics. 

Computer Applications: 

Business applications most commonly used for data driven decision making and presentations, particularly spreadsheets and databases.

Chemistry I, Lecture + Lab (Science Majors):

Nomenclature. Atomic and molecular structure. Chemical equations and stoichiometry; gas laws; bonding. Quantitative problem solving. Introduction to periodicity, energy relationships, and solutions. Safety; basic laboratory techniques (to include data collection and interpretation; introduction to laboratory reporting/record keeping) related to the topics in Chemistry I.

Fundamentals of Communication: 

Broad-based overview of the field of communication as a social and cultural construct, through an examination of practices and theories in various contexts and settings. Topics may include communication theory, media studies, rhetoric intercultural studies, group and organizational communication, and performance.

Public Speaking:

Study and application of basic principles of effective extemporaneous speaking, including audience analysis and adaptation, topic selection, research, organization, and presentation skills. Students deliver, listen to, and critique a variety of speeches.

Business & Professional Communication: 

Development and practice of oral communication skills necessary in business and professional settings. Includes experience in interviewing, individual presentations, group problem-solving and adapting to organizational cultures.

English Composition I:

Introduces students to the critical thinking, reading, writing and rhetorical skills required in the college/university and beyond, including citation and
documentation, writing as process, audience awareness, and writing effective essays.

English Composition II:

Continuation and further development of material and strategies introduced in English Composition I. Primary emphasis on composition, including strategies, argumentative writing, evaluation, and analysis..

Exploring the Arts:

Emphasis on process of both artistic creation and critical analysis in the fine arts (music, visual art, theatre, and dance) as they relate to the human experience; exploration of achievements, content and function in each of the four primary arts.

Dance Appreciation:

Introduction to various forms of dance (to include ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and social dance) with an emphasis on dance technique, history, theory and appreciation.

Western Civilization I: 

Survey of western civilization from ancient times to the Reformation era.

World Civilization I:

Survey of world history from ancient civilizations to 1500.

World Civilization II:

Survey of world history from 1500 to the present.

American History I:

Survey of United States history from earliest times to the Civil War era.

American History II:

Survey of United States history from the Civil War era to the present.

Medical Terminology:

Language of health and medicine, to include word construction, pronunciation, spelling, definition & use of terms related to all areas of medical science, hospital service & health related professions: leads to basic knowledge of abbreviations & terminology pertinent to anatomy, pathology, surgical procedures, diagnostic procedures & symptomatology

Music Appreciation:

Basic elements and vocabulary of music; appreciation and understanding of diverse styles of music past and present; developing listening skills. Includes opportunities for experiencing music (recorded and/or live).

Introduction to American Government:

The principles, institutions, processes, and functions of the government of the United States, and American political behavior.

Introduction to Psychology:

Overview of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.

Introduction to Sociology:

A survey of major subject areas and principles of sociology.

Elementary Spanish I (3-4 credit hours):

Basic lexicon and structure of Spanish; emphasis on the four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Beginning course: no previous knowledge of Spanish expected or required.

Elementary Spanish I+II (6 credit hours):

Continuation of the study of Spanish on the elementary level.

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The contents of this website were developed under an Open Textbooks Pilot grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education.  However, contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.