New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library O.E.R. Team’s bi-weekly roundup of new and noteworthy O.E.R. We try to include at least one O.E.R. 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 O.E.R. to share with our colleagues or would like more information about O.E.R. initiatives at City Tech.

Arts & Sciences 

  1. Start Here, Speak Anywhere!: Empowering Our Voices for a Global Audience, by the Faculty of the Department of Speech, Communication, and Theatre Arts of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, edited by Angela Elbanna and Joe Hutcheson, CUNY PressBooks (2022).
    License: CC BY-NC
    A text on public speaking “with a purpose of ‘advancing equity and the intellectual and personal growth of students’ and strengthening ‘a culture of care inside and outside the classroom. The book is also intended to further the value of ‘creating exceptional teaching and learning environments inside and outside the classroom; valuing the experience and knowledge students bring to the classroom, and engaging them in the construction of knowledge.’”

  2. Showing Theory to Know Theory: Understanding Social Science Concepts Through Illustrative Vignettes, by Patricia Ballamingie and David Szanto, Showing Theory Press (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “A collaborative, open educational resource, Showing Theory brings together a collection of short pedagogical texts that help new learners understand complex theoretical concepts and disciplinary jargon from the critical social sciences. Each entry “shows” an element of theory using an “illustrative vignette”—a short, evocative story, visual or infographic, poem, described photograph, or other audio-visual material.”
  1. Let’s Chat!: Spanish Conversation Activities, by Amber Hoye et al., the Pathways Project at Boise State (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “In our Let’s Chat! Series, we hope to make it easier for language teachers to implement spontaneous conversation into their curriculum by providing “classroom-ready” activities that are exciting and culturally relevant, with the goal of providing teachers interactive lessons that are easily adaptable in order to facilitate active language learning.”

Professional Studies

  1. Restorative Mastery for the Dental Hygienist, by Renee Alexandre and Rick Aronstein, Mount Hood Community College Library Press (2021). License: CC BY
    “Dental hygienists and auxiliaries with restorative skills will become increasingly in demand as their scope of practice expands. Restorative Mastery for the Dental Hygienist presents practical demonstrations and the core knowledge needed for successfully placing and finishing class II restorations in first molars using video demonstrations, checklists, and exercises.”

  2. Undergraduate Diagnostic Imaging Fundamentals, by Brent Burbridge, MD, FRCPC, University of Saskatchewan, Distance Education Unit (2017/2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Diagnostic Imaging principles and concepts are augmented by the presentation of images for common clinical conditions. Guiding principles related to minimizing radiation exposure and requesting the most appropriate imaging examination are addressed.Static images are enhanced by the ability to access images stored and displayed on an Html-5 compatible, Dicom image viewer that simulates a simple Picture Archive and Communication system (PACS). Users can also access other imaging from the Dicom viewer (ODIN), beyond the basic curriculum provided, to further advance their experience with viewing diagnostic imaging pathologies.”

Technology & Design

  1. Introduction to Drafting and AutoCAD 2D by Wally Baumback. BCcampus (2021). License: CC BY
    Introduction to Drafting and AutoCAD 2D was written as a tool to guide and teach readers to master AutoCAD. No two students learn at the same pace, therefore the book was written with competency-based modules. The competency-based modules are bite-size pieces that can be used to learn by distance education, correspondence, online, instructor-led classes, or by individuals teaching themselves to use AutoCAD in their own home or office.
  1.  Introduction to Architecture by Kelsey Ferreira. Open Oregon Educational Resources (2021). License: CC BY-NC
    This Open Educational Resource (OER) is designed for learners interested in discovering how to appreciate the built environment. The text assumes no prior knowledge of architectural history and focuses on the vocabulary of architectural analysis, as well as case studies on individual architects and structures. The emphasis is on learning to look and evaluate buildings in context and to foster a greater appreciation for the world around us. This text does not focus on defining structural systems or move chronologically, and instead is intended as a series of mini-lessons on specific topics. Each chapter also contains recommendations for additional readings and videos to provide opportunities for further learning

City Tech O.E.R. team

Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor, OER Librarian:
Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian:
Rachel Jones, Adjunct Librarian

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