January 23, 2022

OER: OpenStax, Rice Online Learning Offer Suite of Free Resources For High School Students

From Rice University:

Two of Rice University’s leading open education initiatives — open education resource textbook publisher OpenStax and digital education portal Rice Online Learning — today released a comprehensive set of free online resources for Advanced Placement physics courses for high school students.

The free OpenStax-Rice Online Learning collection comprises College Physics for AP Courses; a peer-reviewed textbook approved by Learning List, an Austin-based instructional review service; concept video trailers with engaging, high-quality videos produced by a Hollywood studio that introduce key physics concepts; and instructional videos featuring Rice professor Jason Hafner and AP physics teachers Matt Wilson and Gigi Nevils. Also available are videos with Hafner, Wilson and Nevils that show students how to work problems found in College Physics for AP Courses. The collection is available online athttps://openstax.org/details/college-physics-ap-courses.

OpenStax publishes free textbooks that have saved U.S. college students more than $68 million since 2012, and Rice Online Learning offers open courseware through edX, Coursera and Canvas platforms to learners around the world and to Rice students, including two multipart series that help prepare students for both the AP Physics Exam 1 and AP Physics Exam 2.


A report by Learning List showed that OpenStax’s textbook and materials and Rice Online Learning’s videos are nearly 100 percent aligned with AP®. OpenStax’s book was written after the College Board revamped its AP® physics curriculum in 2013. The update places more emphasis on key foundational principles of physics and less on memorization. The changes, which included splitting the old AP Physics B exam into two new exams, AP Physics 1 and AP® Physics 2, have led many AP physics instructors to search for new resources that are aligned with the new curriculum. OpenStax and Rice Online Learning’s materials meet that need and are free.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.