New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library OER Team’s bi-weekly roundup of new and noteworthy OER. We try to include at least one OER relevant to each school at City Tech in every post. At the end of the month, these resources will be compiled and distributed by the library liaison for your department. Please contact us if you know of new or particularly interesting OER to share with our colleagues or would like more information about OER initiatives at City Tech.
Arts & Sciences
- An Introduction to African and Afro-Diasporic Peoples and Influences in British Literature and Culture before the Industrial Revolution, by Jonathan Elmore and Jenni Halpin, University System of Georgia (2022).
License: CC BY-NC-SA
“Funded by the University System of Georgia’s “Affordable Learning Georgia” initiative, An Introduction to African and Afro-Diasporic Peoples and Influences in British Literature and Culture before the Industrial Revolution corrects, expands, and celebrates the presence of the African Diaspora in the study of British Literature, undoing some of the anti-Black history of British studies.”
- The Story of Earth: An Observational Guide, by Daniel Hauptvogel and Virginia Sisson, University of Houston (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
“Our goal in creating the material for this lab manual was to focus heavily on students making observations of geologic data, whether rocks, minerals, fossils, maps, graphs, and other things. We want students to look at things and wonder why, how, and when. The exercises and examples used in this book are scattered throughout the world. We wanted to make sure that one region of the world was not the sole focus of this work.”
- Introduction to Entrepreneurship, by Katherine Carpenter, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
“This course introduces students to entrepreneurship as an approach to life and to create their own careers. Through foundational concepts and frameworks, this course examines entrepreneurship as a process including: entrepreneurial identity, opportunity creation and evaluation, mobilizing resources, and growth. The course is designed around the major stages in this process, and an overview of factors that are key to entrepreneurial success is provided.”
- Teaching Early and Elementary STEM, by Alissa A, Lange, Laura Robertson, Jamie Price, and Amie Craven, East Tennessee State University (2021).
License: CC BY-NC
“This Open Access Educational textbook, “Teaching Early and Elementary STEM”, was written to support pre-service early childhood and elementary teachers in their journey to become facilitators of science, technology, engineering, and math, or “STEM,” and “integrated STEM” in their future classrooms. Students who read and use this text will deepen their understanding of “STEM” and “integrated STEM,” learn what early childhood and elementary students need to know and be able to do in relation to STEM, and understand ways to create activity plans and implement current research-based approaches to teaching and pedagogy.”
Technology & Design
- Technical Writing Essentials by Susan Last, University of Victoria (2019).
License: CC BY
This open textbook is designed to introduce readers to the basics of technical communication: audience and task analysis in workplace contexts, clear and concise communications style, effective document design, teamwork and collaboration, and fundamental research skills.
- Elementary Ergonomics by Marijke Dekker, TU Delft (2016, updated 2020).
License: CC BY
Elementary Ergonomics is an introduction to basic physical ergonomics theory and practice for students. The course consists of the following topics: anthropometry (1D, 2D, 3D including digital human modeling), biomechanics, and comfort.
- Urban Design for the Public Good: Dutch Urbanism by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU-Delft (2017, updated 2020). License: CC BY-NC-SA
This course focuses on a unique Dutch approach to Urbanism. Dutch Urbanism focuses on improving the physical environment in relation to the public good, including safety, wellbeing, sustainability, and even beauty. All the material in this course is presented at entry level.
City Tech OER team
Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor, OER.Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian, email@example.com
Rachel Jones, Adjunct Librarian