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New and Noteworthy OER 04/29

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: ccooney@citytech.cuny.edu
Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: jpeach@citytech.cuny.edu
Rachel Jones, Adjunct Librarian

New and Noteworthy OER 03/11

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.

Open Education

  1. OERigin Stories: Pathways to the Open Movement, by Ursula Pike, Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas (DigiTex) (2022).
    License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Six women of color, leaders in the Open Education Movement, share their stories and thoughts on Open Education and higher education.”
  1. Open Research Toolkit, by Christopher Eaker, Center For Open Science (2022). License: CC BY
    “While this toolkit was designed for librarians for learning open research concepts and skills and teaching them at their institutions, it would be useful for anyone interested in learning more about open research.”

Arts & Sciences

  1. Keys to Understanding the Middle East, by Alam Payind and Melinda McClimans, The Ohio State University (2022). License: CC BY-SA
    “…for readers who have never studied the Middle East, or experts who may wish to fill gaps in their knowledge of the region from other disciplines. Whether for establishing or deepening one’s knowledge of the region, these fundamentals are important to know. The languages, cultural, religious and sectarian communities of the region, and selected turning points and influential people in history are starting points for gaining an understanding of the diverse contexts of the region.”

  2. Effective Professional Communication: A Rhetorical Approach, by Rebekah Bennetch, Corey Owen, and Zachary Keesey, University of Saskatchewan (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Our goal in this text is to break down the communication process in professional environments so you can maximize your chance to get hired and retain your job once you graduate from university. We will do this by looking at communication through political, rhetorical, ethical, and interpersonal lenses and applying this knowledge to your future career.” The text has seven main sections: Introduction to Communication, Rhetorical Theory, Technical Writing Essentials, Technical Correspondence, Applying for a Job, Writinga Report, Public Speaking

  3. Beginning Spanish ¡Empecemos por aquí!, by Jenny Ceciliano and Lisa Notman, Portland State University (2021). License: CC BY-NC
    This text “…focuses on the development of communication skills in interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes while centering student voices. Activities engage learners in real exchanges of information on topics that are relevant to adult students. In addition to language-acquisition learning outcomes, this text supports learning outcomes in diversity, equity, inclusion, cultural sustainability, and social justice.”

Professional Studies

  1. Contemporary Families: An Equity Lens, by Elizabeth Pearce, Linn-Benton Community College (2020). License: CC BY
    “This openly licensed text, created with students, approaches the current status of contemporary families in the U.S. from an equity lens. It asks and answers the questions “What do families need?” and “How do society and institutions support or get in the way of families getting what they need?”

  2. Digital Marketing Strategy, by Pierre-Yann Dolbec, Concordia University Open Textbooks (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “The Internet has transformed how businesses conduct their activities and how consumers go about buying products. This textbook aims to provide a way of conceptualizing how to do marketing online and a strategic framework to do so.”

Technology & Design

  1. Better by Design?: Architecture, Urban Planning, and the Good City by Paul L. Knox, Virginia Tech Publishing (2020). License: CC BY-NC-ND
    “In Better by Design? Paul Knox explores the intellectual roots of the design professions, showing how architects, planners, and other designers have traditionally interpreted their roles and implemented their ideas in cities across North America and the UK. Drawing on his long record of research and award-winning publications on the social production of the built environment, Knox offers a critical appraisal of their ultimate effectiveness in achieving the goal of creating and sustaining good cities.” 
  1. Surveying and Mapping by Christian Tiberius, Hans van der Marel, René Reudink and Freek van Leijen, TU Delft Open (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This book provides an introduction, at academic level, into the field of surveying and mapping…This book covers a wide range of measurement techniques, from land surveying, GPS/GNSS and remote sensing to the associated data processing, the underlying coordinate reference systems, as well as the analysis and visualization of the acquired geospatial information.”


City Tech OER team

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

New and Noteworthy OER 12/03

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 

  1. Advanced Public Speaking, by Lynn Meade, University of Arkansas (2021). License: CC BY
    “This advanced public speaking textbook is designed to encourage you as a speaker and to help you sharpen your skills. It is written to feel like you are sitting with a trusted mentor over coffee as you receive practical advice on speaking. Grow in confidence, unleash your personal power and find your unique style as you learn to take your speaking to the next level–polished and professional.”
  1. Genetics, Agriculture, and Biotechnology, by Walter Suza, Iowa State University & Donald Lee, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This textbook provides an introduction to plant genetics and biotechnology for the advancement of agriculture. A clear and structured introduction to the topic for learners new to the field of genetics, the book includes: an introduction to the life cycle of the cell, DNA and how it relates to genes and chromosomes, DNA analysis, recombinant DNA, biotechnology, and transmission genetics.”

  2. Climate Lessons: Environmental, Social, Local, by Marja Bakermans, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2021). License: CC BY-NC
    “Anthropogenic climate change is one of the, if not the most, pressing issues of our times. The problems that it causes range across many social and environmental domains from habitat and species loss and displacement to the more human and social concerns and issues of access to water, sea level rise that affects coastal communities, to economic degradation as a result of the aforementioned and other connected issues such as increased frequency of storms, droughts, wildfires, and the like. […] This book was co-authored by undergraduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute while exploring the influences of Earth systems and human systems on climate change and the communities at most risk in an interdisciplinary project-based first year course. This course attempts to bring together knowledge of the science of ecological and climate systems and their changing status with knowledge of the social and communal structures within which these systems are embedded and through which they have been influenced. The book highlights key interests and insights of current students in their quest to think through these issues and to create a better world.” 

Professional Studies

  1. A Long Goodbye: Ed and Mary’s Journey with Lewy Body Dementia, by Adele Baldwin; Stephen Anderson; Michael Inskip; Kellie Johns; David Lindsay; Bronwyn Mathiesen; and Marie Bodak, James Cook University (2021). License: CC BY-NC-ND
    “This book, built around Ed’s journal, chronicles Ed’s experiences as a carer following his wife Mary’s diagnosis with Lewy body dementia.  Students and experienced health professionals are rarely afforded such an insight into how their words and actions are interpreted by, and impact upon patients, families and friends. Ed’s Story provides information and education resources related to dementia care.  Although specifically focusing on Lewy body dementia, the resources are transferable to caring for people with any type of dementia. The freely available resources are suitable for use by students in the health professions, educators, formal and informal carers.”

  2. Human Resources in the Food Service and Hospitality Industry, by The BC Cook Articulation Committee, BC Campus (2015). License: CC BY
    “Human Resources in the Food Services and Hospitality Industry is one of a series of Culinary Arts open textbooks developed to support the training of students and apprentices in British Columbia’s foodservice and hospitality industry. Although created with the Professional Cook, Baker and Meat cutter programs in mind, these have been designed as a modular series, and therefore can be used to support a wide variety of programs that offer training in food service skills.”

  3. Introduction to Entrepreneurship, by Katherine Carpenter, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Learn about entrepreneurship and what makes entrepreneurs successful, all while developing your entrepreneurial skills.”

  4. Nursing Fundamentals, by Open Resources for Nursing (Open RN), Chippewa Valley Technical College (2021). License: CC BY
    “This book introduces the entry-level nursing student to the scope of nursing practice, various communication techniques, and caring for diverse patients. The nursing process is used as a framework for providing patient care based on the following nursing concepts: safety, oxygenation, comfort, spiritual well-being, grief and loss, sleep and rest, mobility, nutrition, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, and elimination. Care for patients with integumentary disorders and cognitive or sensory impairments is also discussed. Learning activities have been incorporated into each chapter to encourage students to use critical thinking while applying content to patient care situations.”

Technology & Design

  1. Architecture as a Way of Seeing and Learning: The built environment as an added educator in East African refugee camps, by Nerea Amorós Elorduy (2021). License: All Rights Reserved. Open Access publication to share and read.
    “Presents an architect’s take on questions many academics and humanitarians ask. Is it relevant to look at camps through an urban lens and focus on their built environment? Which analytical benefits can architectural and design tools provide to refugee assistance and specifically to young children’s learning? And which advantages can assemblage thinking and situated knowledges bring about in analysing, understanding and transforming long-term refugee camps?…Crossing architecture, humanitarian aid and early childhood development, this book offers many practical learnings.”

  2. Graphic Design and Print Production Fundamentals, by Graphic Communications Open Textbook Collective, BCCampus. License: CC BY
    “This textbook — written by a group of select experts — addresses the many steps of creating and then producing physical, printed, or other imaged products that people interact with on a daily basis. It covers the concept that, while most modern graphic design is created on computers using design software, the ideas and concepts don’t stay on the computer. The ideas need to be completed in the computer software, then progress to an imaging (traditionally referred to as printing) process…Each chapter includes exercises and suggested readings.”

  3. Technology, Media Literacy, and the Human Subject: A Posthuman Approach, by Richard S. Lewis, Open Book Publishers (2021). License: CC BY
    “Informed by postphenomenology, media ecology, philosophical posthumanism, and complexity theory the author proposes both a framework and a pragmatic instrument for understanding the multiplicity of relations that all contribute to how we affect—and are affected by—our relations with media technology.”

  4. Introduction to Communication Systems: An Interactive Approach Using the Wolfram Language, by Victor S. Frost, University of Kansas (2021). License: CC BY-NC
    “This ebook provides a unique pedagogical approach to teaching the fundamentals of communication systems using interactive graphics and in-line questions. […] Interactive graphics allow the students to engage with and visualize communication systems concepts. Interactivity and in-line review questions enables students to rapidly examine system tradeoffs and design alternatives. The topics covered build upon each other culminating with an introduction to the implementation of OFDM transmitters and receivers, the ubiquitous technology used in WiFi, 4G and 5G communication systems.”


Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor, OER Librarian: ccooney@citytech.cuny.edu
Rena Grossman, Adjunct OER Librarian: rgrossman@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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