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New and Noteworthy OER 09/22

New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library OER Team’s monthly roundup of new and noteworthy open educational resources. 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 open educational resources initiatives at City Tech.

Biological Sciences

  • Introducing Mathematical Biology: An Open Education Resource, by Alex Best, University of Sheffield (2023). License: CC BY
    “Mathematical modeling plays an increasingly important role in almost any area of life sciences, and this interactive textbook focuses on the areas of population ecology, infectious diseases, immunology and cell dynamics, gene networks and pharmacokinetics. It is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning about how to model biological systems, including undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics students who have not studied mathematical biology before, life-sciences students with an interest in modeling, and post-16 mathematics students interested in university-level material. Some mathematical knowledge is assumed, and the mathematical models used are all in the form of ordinary differential equations.”

Business

  • Adaptive Apparel Design, by Ellen McKinney and Rachel Eike (2023). License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “…prepared to support those learning about adaptive apparel design. The text is easy for students, scholars, and designers to use, and is organized around the apparel design process: research, sketching, developing a sample notebook, mood or inspiration board, pattern work, first sample, and the completed ensemble. Users can read from beginning to end or jump into resources related to their current phase of design.”
  • Crawford Automation – A Guided Application of Structured Problem Solving: Continuous Improvement in Action, by Stephen Thomson; Kevin Hollis; and Laurie Turnbull, Conestoga College (2023).
    License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This is a multimedia-enabled case in which students will be guided, by an industry expert, to apply structured problem-solving that addresses a typical supply chain problem, missing parts. What first appears as the issue may be a symptom of a root cause(s). The case utilizes videos, data files for analytics, audio recording, and videogame-style exercises to find the missing box of parts. The case is a collaboration between the Conestoga Centre for Supply Chain Innovation and ATS Automation and utilizes the ATS Business Model (ABM) approach to identifying and solving root causes.”

Communication

  • In Your Eyes: Communicating in Close Relationships, by Sydney Brammer; Ryan Martinez; and Narissra Punyanunt-Carter, Texas Tech University Libraries (2023). License: CC BY-NC
    “This book was crafted for a new generation of people with an interest in communication studies, especially scholarship and concepts that speak to the role of close relationships in our lives and work. As you read through each chapter, you’ll meet new characters, ponder discussion questions, and interact with reflection activities that will get you to think deeply about various themes.”

Communication Design

  • Colour Theory: Understanding and Working with Colour, by Lisa Cianci (2023). License: CC BY-NC
    Colour theory covers a long history from antiquity to modern times. It includes academic and scientific investigations into how we see and understand colour. It also includes practical applications for using colour in creative work. […] This learning resource covers the history of colour theory, how we see colour, and how to use colour systems to mix colour and create colour relationships.”

Computer Systems Technology 

  • Productivity in Common Operating Systems, by Lester Hiraki (2022, updated in 2023). License: CC BY-NC
    “The goal of this book is to provide the interested learner with the essentials to work in a Unix environment. […] The focus is on the user’s perspective to enable the user to be productive in a Unix environment.  Topics include understanding and navigating the file system, using common commands, and automating tasks.  Emphasizing the user’s perspective, the scope of this book does not include topics such as system administration, installation, or networking. […] This book is intended for adoption in the freshmen or sophomore year of a technical program (e.g. computer science, engineering, STEM, etc.).”

English

  • Essentials of Creative Writing, by Rachel Morgan, Jeremy Schraffenberger, and Grant Tracey, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa (2023).
    License: CC BY-NC
    “This free and open access textbook introduces new writers to some basic elements of the craft of creative writing in the genres of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The primary audience for this textbook, however, is the new writer, someone who may be enrolled in an introductory class, or perhaps someone who is trying to learn about the craft of creative writing on their own.”

Dental Hygiene 

  • Dentistry Environment Essentials, by Nicole Stormon, Tachae Douglas-Miller, and Sowmya Shetty (2022). License: CC BY-NC.
    While the book is specific to the practice and standards of dentistry in Australia, the concepts, videos, and images, may be useful beyond this locale. This book aims to introduce the dental environment and give practical guidance on how to navigate the equipment, instruments, procedures and how to stay safe.

Health Sciences & Health Services Administration

History

  • Politics, Protest, Emotion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives: A Book of Blogs, edited by Paul Reilly; Anastasia Veneti and Dimitrinka Atanasova, University of Sheffield (2017). License: CC BY
    “Politics, emotion and identity performance presents a series of personal reflections on the ‘affective turn’ in social movement studies. Case studies such as Anonymous, the Hong Kong protest camps and the 2016 Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) march are  examined in order to explore the performance of identity in this era of global protest.”

Mathematics

  • Differential Calculus: From Practice to Theory, by Eugene Boman and Robert Rogers, Milne Open Textbooks, SUNY (2023). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    Differential Calculus: From Practice to Theory covers all of the topics in a typical first course in differential calculus. Initially it focuses on using calculus as a problem solving tool (in conjunction with analytic geometry and trigonometry) by exploiting an informal understanding of differentials (infinitesimals). As much as possible large, interesting, and important historical problems (the motion of falling bodies and trajectories, the shape of hanging chains, the Witch of Agnesi) are used to develop key ideas. Only after skill with the computational tools of calculus has been developed is the question of rigor seriously broached. At that point, the foundational ideas (limits, continuity) are developed to replace infinitesimals, first intuitively then rigorously.”

Mechanical Engineering Technology

  • Crawford Automation – A Guided Application of Structured Problem Solving: Continuous Improvement in Action, by Stephen Thomson; Kevin Hollis; and Laurie Turnbull, Conestoga College (2023).
    License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This is a multimedia-enabled case in which students will be guided, by an industry expert, to apply structured problem-solving that addresses a typical supply chain problem, missing parts. What first appears as the issue may be a symptom of a root cause(s). The case utilizes videos, data files for analytics, audio recording, and videogame-style exercises to find the missing box of parts. The case is a collaboration between the Conestoga Centre for Supply Chain Innovation and ATS Automation and utilizes the ATS Business Model (ABM) approach to identifying and solving root causes.”
  • Machine Shop VESL, by Lisa Hillyard, MHCC Library Press. License: CC BY-NC
    An introductory text for those working in machine shops covering basic hand tools, measurements, reading plans, as well as working with large shop machines.

OER Team:

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

New and Noteworthy OER 03/24

New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library O.E.R. Team’s monthly 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.

Biology

  • Introduction to Systems Biology: Workbook for Flipped-Classroom Teaching, by Thomas Sauter and Marco Albrecht, Open Book Publishers (2023). License: CC BY-NC
    “This book is an introduction to the language of systems biology, which is spoken among many disciplines, from biology to engineering. Authors Thomas Sauter and Marco Albrecht draw on a multidisciplinary background and evidence-based learning to facilitate the understanding of biochemical networks, metabolic modeling and system dynamics.”

Career and Technology Teacher Education

  • Contextualised open educational practices: Towards student agency and self-directed learning, by Jako Olivier, Charlene du Toit-Brits, Byron J. Bunt, and Amit Dhakulkar (2022). License: CC BY
    “This book covers original research on the implementation of open educational practices through the use of open educational resources at the university level. […] The envisaged chapters cover conceptual and review research and empirical work focussing on open educational practices and the use of renewable assessments. […] Despite the existence of some general works on open education in terms of policy, social justice and open textbooks, this book will be unique in exploring the intersections of openness, specifically with contextualisation, student agency and self-directedness.”

Communication Design

Computer Systems Technology

Construction Management & Civil Engineering Technology

  • Fundamentals of Infrastructure Management, by Donald Coffelt and Chris Hendrickson (2019). License: CC BY-SA
    “The text draws examples and discusses a wide variety of infrastructure systems, including roadways, telecommunications, power generation, buildings and systems of infrastructure. We have found that some common fundamentals of asset management, analysis tools and informed decision-making are useful for a variety of such systems.”

Economics

  • Intermediate Microeconomics, by Joel Bruneau and Clinton Mahoney, University of Saskatchewan (2023). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Intermediate Microeconomics is a comprehensive microeconomic theory text that uses real world policy questions to motivate and illustrate the material in each chapter.”

Hospitality Management

  • Bakery and Business Math, by Eunice Graham, Renton Technical College. License: CC BY
    This text includes information on business-related math such as budgeting and profit margins, as well as recipe-related math such as recipe ratios and pan size adjustments. 

Mechanical Engineering Technology

  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design, by Jacqulyn A. Baughman, Iowa State University Digital Press (2023). License: CC BY-SA
    “This course provides an overview of mechanical engineering design with applications to thermal and mechanical systems, and an introduction to current design practices used in industry. As part of the course design, learners will complete a semester-long team project focused on addressing societal needs.”

Nursing 

  • 2023 Compendium of North American Nursing OER, by Kyle Montgomery, Marnie Seal,  Shannon Dowdall-Smith, Remar Mangaoil, Phyllis Montgomery, and Sharolyn Mossey (2023). License: CC BY
    “The aim of this compendium is to provide nurse educators with an easily accessible collection of 25 resources designed to support student learning, particularly within nursing programs.”

Sociology

  • Cases on Social Issues: For Class Discussion – 2nd Edition, by Deidre Maultsaid, Brianna Doyle, and Celine Wai Shan Li, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2023). License: CC BY-NC
    “ Inspired by input from post-secondary students and authored by students and people who are usually under-represented in education material, this resource is designed for upper-level undergraduate or graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, business, healthcare, science, agriculture, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, land use studies, law and more. Each case is supplemented with modifiable discussion prompts, notes for teaching strategies, and a short reading list.”
  • The Last Years of Polish Jewry: at the edge of the abscess: essays, 1927-33 (volume 1), by Yankev Leshchinksy. Translated by Robert Brym. Translation: 2023. License: CC BY-NC
    “Ukrainian-born Yankev Leshchinsky (1876-1966) was the leading scholarly and journalistic analyst of Eastern European Jewish socioeconomic and political life from the 1920s to the 1950s. Known as “the dean of Jewish sociologists” and “the father of Jewish demography,” Leshchinsky published a series of insightful and moving essays in Yiddish on Polish Jewry between 1927 and 1937. The Last Years of Polish Jewry helps to rectify this situation by translating some of Leshchinsky’s key essays.”

World Languages

  • Français inclusif: An Interactive Textbook for French 102, by Brittney Gehrig, Dr. Mariah Devereux Herbeck, Amber Hoye, Madelynn Ruhter, Sharon Westbrook, Boise State University (2023). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This textbook provides a remixed version of Français Interactif exercises, adding interactivity and new exercises. It offers an easy way for students to study the vocabulary and grammar for each module, while providing exercises to practice and apply what they’ve learned. Modules also contain an introduction page with learning objectives, a cultural reflection assignment, a presentational speaking and/or writing assessment, and Allez plus loin (Go further) page which contains additional content.”

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

New and Noteworthy OER 09/28

New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library O.E.R. Team’s monthly 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. Douglas College Human Anatomy & Physiology I (2nd ed.) by Douglas College Biology Department, BCCampus (2022). License: CC BY
    This is an adaptation of the OpenStax Anatomy & Physiology textbook, organized in three sections with subsequent units: levels of organization, nervous regulation and integration, and support and movement.
  1. Foundations of Chemical and Biological Engineering I by Jonathan Verrett, BCCampus (2020) License: CC BY-SA
    “This textbook will give you a good basic understanding of a number of chemical engineering concepts, which you can take with you as you progress in your engineering degree and career. This book covers the basics of process diagrams, reaction chemistry, phase equilibrium, energy balances, unsteady-state operations, process control, process economics and safety, and green engineering.”
  1. Introducción al estudio de las culturas hispánicas by University of Minnesota Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Minnesota. License: CC BY-NC
    “This book was edited for an upper-division writing-intensive course centered on major issues of culture in the context of the Spanish-speaking world. It is not a history of civilization, nor is it a survey of either Latin American or Peninsular literature. Rather, our objective here is to familiarize ourselves with the different issues central to the development of the Hispanic world as a cultural entity, and to practice analyzing and questioning received notions of culture in this context.”
  1. Introduction to Evolution & Human Behavior: An Anthropological and Comparative Approach by Shelly Volsche, Boise State University    (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    An introductory text that takes a conversational tone about evolutionary anthropology. 
  1. Open Music Theory (v.2) by Mark Gotham, Kyle Gullings, Chelsey Hamm, Bryn Hughes, Brian Jarvis, Megan Lavengood, and John Peterson, Virtual Library of Virginia (2021). License: CC BY-SA
    “…intended to serve as the primary text and workbook for undergraduate music theory curricula. OMT2 has been designed inclusively. For us, this means broadening our topics beyond the standard harmony and atonal theory topics to include fundamentals, musical form, jazz, pop, and orchestration.”
  1. Para vivir con salud: leyendo la salud y la literatura by Kathryn Joy McKnight and Jill Kuhnheim (2022). License: CC BY-NC
    “We have developed this open access book for universities and colleges responding to the needs and interests of students preparing for careers in health or even seeking to add a “health track” to their majors or minors. Para vivir offers an introduction to reading different literary and cultural texts from the Spanish-speaking world with a thematic focus on health. It can be used as an alternative to the standard Introduction to Hispanic Literature course texts, as it also teaches techniques of close reading.”
  1. Social Cost Benefit Analysis and Economic Evaluation by Suzanne Bonner, The University of Queensland (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This book provides detailed foundational tools to assess and evaluate the costs and benefits associated with public or private decision making through a cost-benefit analysis (CBA). This book is targeted at students with preliminary foundations in economics.”
  1. Student Companion for Mathematical Economics by J. Zachary Klingensmith, Penn State. License: CC BY-NC-SA
    Practice problems in matrix algebra, univariate calculus, and multivariate calculus and constrained optimization. 

Professional Studies

  1. Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in U.S. Society, by Kelly L. Reddy-Best (2020). License: CC BY
    “This book introduces topics about identity, dress, and the body. Through the content, readers explore how individuals and communities use dress as a way to communicate (i.e. “negotiate” in fashion studies) their various identities.”

  2. The Fundamentals of Healthcare Administration: Navigating Challenges and Coordinating Care, by Deanna L. Howe, Andrea L. Dozier, and Sheree O. Dickenson (2021). License: CC BY-SA
    “This book is written for those interested in acquiring a thorough knowledge base relative to the intricacies of the organizational theories, customs, and insights significant to the management of health service organizations.”

  3. Game Based and Adaptive Learning Strategies, by Carrie Lewis Miller, Odbayar Batsaikhan, and Elizabeth Pluskwik, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (2022). License: CC BY-NC
    “This book is designed to accompany a graduate-level instructional design course: Game-Based and Adaptive Learning, but could also be used for undergraduate teacher education or instructional design courses.”
  1. Nursing: Mental Health and Community Concepts, by Chippewa Valley Technical College. License: CC BY
    “This textbook is an open educational resource with CC-BY licensing developed specifically for prelicensure nursing students. […] Content is based on the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) statewide nursing curriculum for the Nursing Mental Health and Community Concepts course (543-110), the NCLEX-RN Test Plan, and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Education Council’s Crosswalk Toolkit: Defining and Using Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Skills in Undergraduate Nursing Education.”

Technology & Design

  1. Audio Production Course Manual, by Mark J. Lindquist, Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This course is designed to help beginners get a feel for what audio production is, while also helping more advanced students expand their own production skills.”

  2. Building Information Modeling using Revit for Architects and Engineers, by Atefe Makhmalbaf, Mavs Open Press (2022). License: CC BY
    “This book offers a web-based multimedia platform to enable students in Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Construction Engineering to learn fundamentals of BIM using Revit and be able to create building architectural, mechanical and structural models, develop construction documentation and analyze building performance.”
  1. Cut/Copy/Paste: Fragments from the History of Bookwork, by Whitney Trettien, Minnesota (2022). License: CC BY-NC-ND
    “In Cut/Copy/Paste, Whitney Trettien journeys to the fringes of the London print trade to uncover makerspaces and collaboratories where paper media were cut up and reassembled into radical, bespoke publications. Bringing these long-forgotten objects back to life through hand-curated digital resources, Trettien shows how early experimental book hacks speak to the contemporary conditions of digital scholarship and publishing.”
  1. Introduction to Engineering Thermodynamics, by Claire Yu Yan,  BCcampus (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “The book is most suitable for a one-term, introductory engineering thermodynamics course at the undergraduate level. It may also be used for self-learning of fundamental concepts of classical thermodynamics.”

  2. Tutorials of Visual Graphic Communication Programs for Interior Design, Volume 2, Yongyeon Cho, Iowa State University (2022). License: CC BY-NC
    “This book is for advanced-level architecture and interior design students who have in-depth knowledge and skills with computer-aided visualization software. The author developed a total of twenty-two chapters to teach practical graphic presentation techniques for architectural presentations.”

City Tech O.E.R. team
Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor, OER Librarian: ccooney@citytech.cuny.edu
Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: jpeach@citytech.cuny.edu
Jo Thompson, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: jthompson@citytech.cuny.edu