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STEM Foundations — Open & Free

This course offers practice using workplace communication, with activities designed to strengthen skills in preparation for entering a college program in a STEM career.
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Description

The STEM Foundations course is designed to support the development of foundational workplace communication skills, by offering practice using  them in the workplace. The activities are intended to aid in preparation for entering a college program in a STEM career.

Topics Covered:
  • Workplace Communications
    • Reading Strategies for Comprehension
    • Writing Skills
    • Writing Structure
    • Listening and Speaking Skills
    • Time Management

What students will learn

Topics Covered:

  • Workplace Communications
    • Reading Strategies for Comprehension
    • Writing Skills
    • Writing Structure
    • Listening and Speaking Skills
    • Time Management

Learning objectives by module

Unit 2: Workplace Communication

  • Module 1: Apply Reading Strategies to Improve Comprehension
    • Apply effective strategies before, during and after reading to improve comprehension
    • Identify main idea and supporting details of a text and summarize effectively.
    • Summarize the main idea and supporting details of a text.
  • Module 2: Demonstrate the Ability to Use Sentence and Paragraph Structure Effectively in Writing
    • Demonstrate ability to use sentence and paragraph structure effectively in writing
  • Module 3: Develop and Improve Writing Skills
    • Compose effective email communications.
    • Develop and demonstrate a writing process
  • Module 4: Practice Listening and Speaking Skills
    • Demonstrate professionalism on the telephone
    • Prepare effective presentations
    • Relay calls and messages to the appropriate recipient
    • Summarize messages accurately
  • Module 5: Demonstrate Effective Time Management and Organizational Skills
    • Demonstrate effective time management and organizational skills for classroom success

Course outline

UNIT 1: STEM Foundations Introduction

UNIT 2: Workplace Communication

Module 1: Apply Reading Strategies to Improve Comprehension

Module 2: Demonstrate the Ability to Use Sentence and Paragraph Structure Effectively in Writing

Module 3: Develop and Improve Writing Skills

Module 4: Practice Listening and Speaking Skills

Module 5: Demonstrate Effective Time Management and Organizational Skills

Other course details

System requirements

OLI system requirements, regardless of course:

  • internet access
  • an operating system that supports the latest browser update
  • the latest browser update (Chrome recommended; Firefox, Safari supported; Edge and Internet Explorer are supported but not recommended)
  • pop-ups enabled
  • cookies enabled

Some courses include exercises with exceptions to these requirements, such as technology that cannot be used on mobile devices.

This course’s system requirements:

  • none listed (subject to change)

Open & Free features

Open & Free Courses

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  • Open & Free OLI courses enable independent learners to study a subject on their own terms, at their leisure. Courses are:

    • Self-guided.
    • Self-paced.
    • Self-supported.
  • Open & Free courses include only the learning materials:

    • No teacher.
    • No tests.
    • No college credit.
    • No certificate of completion.
  • *If your teacher gave you a Course Key, do not use an Open & Free course because your teacher will never see your work.

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