OER at City Tech

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New and Noteworthy OER 3/26

New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library OER Team’s 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 

  1. Reframing Digital Humanities, by Julian Chambliss (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Defining digital humanities is a unique academic challenge. In this volume, Julian Chambliss, Professor of English at Michigan State University, explores the meaning, practice, and implication of digital humanities by talking to scholars deeply engaged with digital methods and the promise they hold for the humanities”
  2. Introduction to Psychology, by Jorden A. Cummings and Lee Sanders, University of Saskatchewan (2020). License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “This introductory text has been created from a combination of original content and materials compiled and adapted from a number of open text publications […] This version of the text includes a Key Terms list for each chapter, an expanded glossary, and H5P chapter self-tests.”


Professional Studies

  1. Introduction to Food Production and Service, by Beth Egan, The Pennsylvania State University Open Resource Publishing (2021). License: CC BY.
    “Food service is a dominant segment of the hospitality industry that represents a significant proportion of the economy. The restaurant industry is approximately an $800 billion dollar industry. The average household spends nearly 50% of its food dollars in restaurants. Food service is also a significant employer. Approximately fifteen million individuals are employed in food service establishments, and 10% of the U.S. workforce is employed in restaurants… This book has been prepared for students studying hospitality management in the School of Hospitality Management at The Pennsylvania State University.”
  2. Workplace Writing: A Handbook for Common Workplace Genres and Professional Writing, by Anna Goins, Cheryl Rauh, Danielle Tarner, Daniel Von Holten, New Prairie Press (2016). License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “This handbook is designed for a generalized business writing course that seeks to meet the needs of a variety of student majors and career interests. In it you will find: descriptions and discussions of common genres, both routine and formal, print and electronic, and in-class activities and sample assignments. You will also find commentary on how to adapt the writing process to the rhetorical constraints of a workplace as well as how to think about, conduct, and use research outside an academic setting.”

Technology & Design

  1. Energy and Human Ambitions on a Finite Planet, by Thomas W. Murphy, eScholarship, University of California (2021).
    “The message throughout is that humanity faces a broad sweep of foundational problems as we inevitably transition away from fossil fuels and confront planetary limits in a host of unprecedented ways—a shift whose scale and probable rapidity offers little historical guidance. Salvaging a decent future requires keen awareness, quantitative assessment, deliberate preventive action, and—above all—recognition that prevailing assumptions about human identity and destiny have been cruelly misshapen by the profoundly unsustainable trajectory of the last 150 years.  The goal is to shake off unfounded and unexamined expectations, while elucidating the relevant physics and encouraging greater facility in quantitative reasoning.”
  2. Notes on Diffy Qs: Differential Equations for Engineers, by Jiri Lebl, (2020). License: CC BY-SA.
    “A first course on differential equations, aimed at engineering students. The prerequisite for the course is the basic calculus sequence. This OER is usable as a standalone textbook or as a companion to a course using another book, such as Edwards and Penney, Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems: Computing and Modeling or Boyce and DiPrima, Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems (section correspondence to these two is given). The author developed and used this book to teach Math 286 and Math 285 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign”

Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor, OER Librarian: ccooney@citytech.cuny.edu
Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: jpeach@citytech.cuny.edu
Joanna Thompson, Adjunct OER Librarian: jthompson@citytech.cuny.edu 

New and Noteworthy OER 3/12

New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library OER Team’s 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 

  1. Teaching Math and Science to Young Children, compiled by Sherese Mitchell, Hostos Community College (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “In recent years, there has been an increased emphasis on developing and testing new early math curricula.  The development of these curricula was informed by research focused on the mechanisms of learning math, and recent studies that test the impact of early math curricula show that devoting time to specific math activities as part of the school curriculum is effective in improving children’s math learning before and at the beginning of elementary school. Research evidence also suggests that children’s math achievement, when they enter kindergarten, can predict later reading achievement; foundational skills in number and operations may set the stage for reading skills. […] This textbook provides excellent guidance for teaching both math and science to young students.”
  2. Arab Media Systems, edited by Carola Richter and Claudia Kozman (2021). License: CC BY.
    “This volume provides a comparative analysis of media systems in the Arab world, based on criteria informed by the historical, political, social, and economic factors influencing a country’s media. Reaching beyond classical western media system typologies, Arab Media Systems brings together contributions from experts in the field of media in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to provide valuable insights into the heterogeneity of this region’s media systems. It focuses on trends in government stances towards media, media ownership models, technological innovation, and the role of transnational mobility in shaping media structure and practices.”


Professional Studies

  1. Public Health in Pharmacy Practice: A Casebook, by  Jordan R Covvey, Vibhuti Arya, Natalie A. DiPietro Mager, Neyda V. Gilman, MaRanda Herring, Stephanie Lukas, Leslie Ochs, and Lindsay Waddington, Milne Open Textbooks (2020). License: CC BY-NC
    “Public Health in Pharmacy Practice: A Casebook is a collaboration of over thirty-five experts in public health pharmacy. The twenty-one chapters cover a broad array of topics relevant to pharmacy applications of public health: cross-cultural care, health literacy and disparities, infectious disease, health promotion and disease prevention, medication safety, women’s and rural health and more. Each chapter contains learning objectives and an introduction to the topic, followed by a case and questions. The chapter closes with commentary from the authors and patient-oriented considerations for the topic at hand.”
  2. Like Nobody’s Business: An Insider’s Guide to How US University Finances Really Work, by Andrew C. Comrie, Open Book Publishers (2021). License: CC BY.
    “From flagship public research universities to small, private liberal arts colleges, there are few aspects of these institutions associated with more confusion, myths or lack of understanding than how they fund themselves and function in the business of higher education. Using simple, approachable explanations supported by clear illustrations, this book takes the reader on an engaging and enlightening tour of how the money flows. How does the university really pay for itself? Why do tuition and fees rise so fast? Why do universities lose money on research? Do most donations go to athletics? Grounded in hard data, original analyses, and the practical experience of a seasoned administrator, this book provides refreshingly clear answers and comprehensive insights for anyone on or off campus who is interested in the business of the university: how it earns its money, how it spends it, and how it all works.”


Technology & Design

  1. Traffic Flow Theory: An introduction with exercises, by Victor L. Knoop, TU Delft Open (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “Traffic processes cause several problems in the world. Traffic delay, pollution are some of it. They can be solved with the right road design or traffic management (control) measure. Before implementing these designs of measures, though, their effect could be tested. To this end, knowledge of traffic flow theory is needed.”
  2. Engineering Thermodynamics. Thermal Equation of State, by Natalia Muñoz-Rujas, Eduardo Montero, Gabriel Rubio-Pérez, and Mohamed Lifi, Universidad de Burgos Online (2021).  License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “This video shows, from experimentation, the interdependence of the pressure, volume and temperature properties in fluids, as well as obtaining the vaporization curve (P-T) and the (P-V) diagram of a fluid.”

Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor, OER Librarian: ccooney@citytech.cuny.edu
Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: jpeach@citytech.cuny.edu
Joanna Thompson, Adjunct OER Librarian: jthompson@citytech.cuny.edu 

New and Noteworthy OER 2/26

New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library OER Team’s 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. 

Remote Teaching Resources

  1. Zoom Backgrounds, by Pam Wishbow (2020). License: CC BY-NC-ND.
    “It’s been a hard time here in the first and now second quarters of 2020, working from home presents it’s own challenges and some of those are ‘wow my house is a mess.’ With work meetings still going for many I thought I would do what I can to help those to hide what they want from their coworkers or families.”

Arts & Sciences 

  1. Action Research, Kansas State University (2020). License: CC BY-NC.
    “The primary purpose of this book is to offer clear steps and practical guidance to those who intend to carry out action research for the first time. As educators begin their action research journey, we feel it is vital to pose four questions: 1) What is action research, and how is it distinct from other educational research?; 2) When is it appropriate for an educator to conduct an action research project in their context?; 3) How does an educator conduct an action research project?; 4) What does an educator do with the data once the action research project has been conducted? We have attempted to address all four questions in the chapters of this book.”
  2. The Art of Being Human: A Textbook for Cultural Anthropology, by Michael Wesch, Kansas State University (2018). License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “Anthropology is the study of all humans in all times in all places. But it is so much more than that. “Anthropology requires strength, valor, and courage,” Nancy Scheper-Hughes noted. […] You will find ideas that can carry you across rivers of doubt and over mountains of fear to find the light and life of places forgotten. Real anthropology cannot be contained in a book. You have to go out and feel the world’s jagged edges, wipe its dust from your brow, and at times, leave your blood in its soil. In this unique book, Dr. Michael Wesch shares many of his own adventures of being an anthropologist and what the science of human beings can tell us about the art of being human. It serves as a companion to anth101.com, a free and open resource for instructors of cultural anthropology.”

Professional Studies

  1. Fundamentals of Business, third edition, by Stephen J. Skripak and Ron Poff, Pamplin College of Business, in association with Virginia Tech Publishing (2020). License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “A 370-page open education resource intended to serve as a no-cost, faculty customizable primary text for one-semester undergraduate introductory business courses. It covers the following topics in business: Teamwork; economics; ethics; entrepreneurship; business ownership, management, and leadership; organizational structures and operations management; human resources and motivating employees; managing in labor union contexts; marketing and pricing strategy; hospitality and tourism, accounting and finance, and personal finances.”
  2. Global Business, by Jacobus Boers, University System of Georgia (2020). License: CC BY.
    “Topics covered include the global context of business, currency, supply chains, legal systems, culture and values, financial markets, economic complexity, global value chains, experts, and global competition. A revision of Global Business is currently in development to include the effects of a pandemic on geopolitical and supply-chain dynamics.”

Technology & Design

  1. Affordances and the Potential for Architecture, by Bob Condia, Andrea Jelić, Harry Francis Mallgrave, Sarah Robinson, and James R. Hamilton, New Prairie Press (2020). License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “Affordances and the Potential for Architecture divulges our engagement with the built environment is a deeply rooted experience. In a biological and philosophical sense, it reveals that the mind is inseparable from the body, just as the body is inseparable from its environment. The world displays itself before us as rife with potential movements, activities, engagements, for which we continuously rehearse the myriad possibilities and choose the best course of action in the moment. It defines our phenomenological natures through this readiness-for-action, and thereby suggests we will improve the spaces, buildings, and landscapes that we inhabit by mastering how we enact and perceive them. This concise manuscript proposes affordances as an important contribution to thinking about architecture, space, and perception. To be sure, Architecture is not an object but something we do.”
  2. The Web, Publishing, and Ourselves, by Sophie Mackenzie and Juan Pablo Alperin, SFU Publishing (2020). License: CC BY-NC.
    “The Web, Publishing, and Ourselves is a new open textbook that critically explores the relationship between technology and publishing, as well as the many ways in which technologies are shaping our personal lives.”

Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor, OER Librarian: ccooney@citytech.cuny.edu
Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: jpeach@citytech.cuny.edu
Joanna Thompson, Adjunct OER Librarian: jthompson@citytech.cuny.edu 

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