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
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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: email@example.com
Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Thompson, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: email@example.com
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
New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library OER Team’s biweekly 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
- Survey of Native American Literature, by Josh Dickinson, Jefferson Community College (2018). License: CC BY
“Survey of Native American Literature offers a multi-genre approach to the field of Native American literature. Each section contains several representative voices, with more recent writings linked and older ones included either in full or as excerpts. Texts are organized with major sections on creation myths, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction/memoir. Standing Bear’s Land of the Spotted Eagle is included, along with a scattering of non-Native writers for contrast. The text also focuses on experiencing Native literature through Western lenses, since that is the viewpoint through which students necessarily approach the topic.”
- Answering questions with data: Introductory Statistics for Psychology Students, by Matthew J. C. Crump (2018). License: CC BY-SA
“This is a mildly opinionated, non-traditional introduction to statistics. It acknowledges some of the major ideas from traditional frequentist approaches, and some Bayesian approaches. Much of the conceptual foundation is rooted in simulations that can be conducted in R. We use some formulas, but mostly explain things without formulas. The textbook was written with math-phobia in mind, and attempts to reduce the phobia associated with arithmetic computations. There are many things missing that should probably be added. We will do our best to add necessary things as we update the textbook.”
- Open RN: Open Resources for Nursing, Chippewa Valley Technical College (2020-2022). License: CC BY
“The OER Nursing textbooks are written based on the State Nursing curriculum established by the Wisconsin Technical College System, and include: Pharmacology, Skills, Nursing Fundamentals, Mental Health & Community Concepts, and Management & Professional Concepts. Open RN textbooks will be published in Pressbooks where they are free and accessible in online or downloadable formats. The textbooks will be stored in the online repository, LibreTexts, where they can easily be “remixed” by faculty and aligned to their curriculum. The project is led by Chippewa Valley Technical College, and the textbooks are being collaboratively written with faculty from Wisconsin technical colleges. The books will be reviewed by statewide nursing faculty, deans, healthcare alliance members, and other industry representatives to ensure the content is current and accurate.”
- Radiation Safety, by Jason S. Ballard, Linn Benton Community College, Open Oregon Educational Resources (2020). License: CC BY
A comprehensive textbook aligned with “a course designed to meet the training requirements for formal certification in Radiation Safety for both X-ray and gamma Radiographers. This course exceeds the recommendations and training outline set forth by the NRC training manual. It covers personal safety and protection, controlling radiation dose, personal monitoring, survey instruments, biological effects of radiation, exposure devices, emergency procedures, and storage and shipment of devices and sources.”
Technology & Design
- Basic Blueprint Reading, by Ric Costin, Open Oregon Educational Resources (2019). License: CC BY
“This is an entry level blueprint reading book written for the first year welding student. The book will be used in the first term of a two year welding program to familiarize the student to sketching and reading blueprints.”
- Basic HVAC, by Aaron Lee, BCcampus (2021). License: CC BY
“This readily accessible online introductory resource was developed for anyone who has interest in, or works with, HVAC controls and equipment. Designed for electrical and HVAC apprentices learning about the subject in school, you will find the descriptive text and original diagrams easy to navigate through, while the question bank will help students review the subject matter covered in each section.”