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Writing in College

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Subject(s): Writing and editing guides, Research and information: general, Information retrieval and access

Publisher: Open SUNY Textbooks

Last updated: 02/12/2022

Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence is designed for students who have largely mastered the conventions of high-school level writing and are now rising to meet more the advanced expectations of college. Students will find in Writing in College a warm invitation to think of themselves as full, self-motivated members of the academic community. With concise explanations, clear multi-disciplinary examples and empathy for the challenges of student life, this short textbook both explains the purposes behind college-level writing and offers indispensable advice for organization and expression.

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Inanimate Life

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Author(s): George M. Briggs

Subject(s): Botany and plant sciences

Publisher: Milne Open Textbooks

Last updated: 21/11/2022

Inanimate Life is an open textbook covering a very traditional biological topic, botany, in a non-traditional way. Rather than a phylogenetic approach, going group by group, the book considers what defines organisms and examines four general areas of their biology: structure (size, shape, composition and how it comes to be); reproduction (including sex when present); energy and material needs, acquisition and manipulations; and finally their interactions with conditions and with other organisms including agricultural interactions between plants and people. Although much of the text is devoted to vascular plants, the book comparatively considers ‘EBA = everything but animals’ (hence the title): plants, photosynthetic organisms that are not plants (‘algae’, as well as some bacteria and archaebacteria), fungi, and ‘fungal-like’ organisms. The book includes brief ‘fact sheets’ of  fifty-nine organisms/groups that biologists should be aware of, ranging from the very familiar (corn, yeast, pines) to the unfamiliar  (cryptophytes, diatoms, late-blight of potato). These groups reflect the diversity of inanimate life.

This updated edition was published in July 2022 and includes corrections, revisions, additional figures, and fact-sheets for several more groups. 

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Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

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Author(s): Deborah P. Amory, Sean G. Massey, Jennifer Miller, Allison P. Brown

Subject(s): LGBTQ+ Studies / topics

Institution(s): SUNY Empire State College, Binghamton University, SUNY Geneseo

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Last updated: 03/10/2022

Designed for an introductory course, this textbook takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the study of LGBTQ+ issues that helps students grasp core concepts through a variety of different perspectives.

Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies offers accessible, academically sound information on a wide range of topics, including history, culture, and Queer Theory; an exploration of LGBTQ+ relationships, families, parenting, health, and education; and how to conduct research on LGBTQ+ topics. The book explores LGBTQ+ issues from the ancient world to contemporary global perspectives.

Employing an intersectional analysis, the textbook highlights how sexuality and gender are simultaneously experienced and constructed through other structures of inequality and privilege, such as race and class. The text supports multiple learning styles by integrating visual elements, multimedia resources, discussion and project prompts, and resources for further research throughout the textbook.

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Interpersonal Communication

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Author(s): Jason S. Wrench, Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter, Katherine S. Thweatt

Subject(s): Communication studies

Last updated: 23/09/2022

Interpersonal Communication: A Mindful Approach to Relationships helps readers examine their own one-on-one communicative interactions using a mindfulness lens. The writing team of Jason S. Wrench, Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter, and Katherine Thweatt incorporates the latest communication theory and research to help students navigate everyday interpersonal interactions. The 14 chapters in this book cover topics typically taught in an undergraduate interpersonal communication course: family interactions, interpersonal dynamics, language, listening, nonverbal communication, and romantic relationships, as well as exploring emerging areas such as self-compassion, body positivity, friendships, and “the dark side”. The writing takes on a purposefully informal tone to engage readers. Each chapter is broken into different sections that have unique instructional outcomes, key takeaways, and exercises, and concludes with real-world case studies and sample quiz questions. Also included is  an extensive glossary with over 350 definitions.

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Yo puedo: segundos pasos

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Author(s): Elizabeth Silvaggio-Adams, Ma. Del Rocío Vallejo-Alegre

Subject(s): Language teaching and learning, Spanish

Last updated: 23/09/2022

<a href="https://milneopentextbooks.org/yo-puedo-segundos-pasos/">Return to milneopentextbooks.org to download PDF and other versions of this text</a><p>Perhaps you remembered what the title of your book means from your previous experiences with Spanish. That is a great start! As you begin the equivalent of a second semester Spanish course with these materials, some of you might think about how long it has been since you studied Spanish while others may come to the class with some background knowledge. We want you to know this book has been designed with many types of learners in mind. Our goals were to address the need for students to achieve the ability to communicate in written and spoken form. We sought to address a common statement by students that may have previous experiences, be they from secondary school or another college that say, “I have studied Spanish for years and don’t know how to speak or write it.” We also sought to present a reasonable alternative to the expensive textbooks and online packages that don’t seem to be practical or relevant. We sought to enhance second language learning by creating our own materials that take a new approach, the flipped classroom model, to learning a second language based upon the skills that we deem most useful and that will enable our students to confidently express themselves in Spanish–tú puedes con <i>Yo puedo 2.</i> The text is supplemented by various presentations and videos that are freely available at https://milnepublishing.geneseo.edu/yopuedo2/</p>
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Public Health in Pharmacy Practice: A Casebook

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Author(s): Jordan R Covvey, Vibhuti Arya, Natalie DiPietro Mager, Neyda Gilman, MaRanda Herring, Leslie Ochs, Lindsay Waddington

Last updated: 23/09/2022

<a href="https://milneopentextbooks.org/public-health-in-pharmacy-practice-a-casebook-2nd-edition/">Return to milneopentextbooks.org to download PDF and other versions of this text</a><p>This casebook, now in its second edition, is a collaboration of over 90 individuals with expertise and training in public health pharmacy. A total of 54 chapters are presented, covering a broad array of topics relevant to pharmacy applications of public health. These topics include, but are not limited to, cross-cultural care, health literacy and disparities, infectious disease, health promotion and disease prevention, medication safety, structural racism, advocacy/policy analysis, chronic disease, women’s health, rural health, travel medicine and more. The book is designed to allow educators/students to choose chapters of interest as they feel suited, as each chapter is independent from the others. 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.</p.</p>
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Technical Report Writing Guidelines

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Subject(s): Writing and editing guides

Last updated: 23/09/2022

This document specifies the recommended format to be used when submitting a formal technical report in a variety of disciplines and purposes. Also, this manual can be used as a guide to compose less formal reports, such as lab reports, that may consist of a subset of the items presented here.  It is a useful general guide from which faculty can specify the particular requirements for reports in their courses.

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Yo Puedo: para empezar

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Author(s): Elizabeth Silvaggio-Adams, Ma. Del Rocío Vallejo-Alegre

Last updated: 23/09/2022

<a href="https://milneopentextbooks.org/yo-puedo-para-empezar/">Return to milneopentextbooks.org to download PDF and other versions of this text</a><p>You have learned two words in a second language just by reading the title of the book. Think about that for a moment and reflect upon your prior foreign language experiences. Often, students enter language classes with previously acquired skills, be they from secondary school or another college. Many say, “I have studied Spanish for years and don’t know how to speak or write it,” while others are a bit anxious about taking a second language for the first time, but all are overwhelmed by the expensive textbooks and online packages that don’t seem to be practical or relevant. We sought to change these common complaints by creating materials that take a new approach to learning a second language based upon the skills that we deem most useful and that will enable our students to confidently express themselves in Spanish.The text is designed for beginning Spanish language students. The pedagogical approach incorporates the flipped classroom methodology. The text is supplemented by various presentations and videos that are freely available at https://milnepublishing.geneseo.edu/yopuedo1/</p>
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Ethics in Life and Vocation

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Author(s): Mark Whitman

Last updated: 23/09/2022

The purpose of this text is quite simple. It fits my teaching needs and in doing so, I assert that it too may fit your needs. I offer this script in whole or part for your use and would encourage peer feedback.  I have written this from the lens of a Criminal Justice practitioner for nearly forty years. My career began in the early 1970s until 2010. As one can imagine, the ethical significance of each member of a Criminal Justice system is critical. I further assert that albeit this was written for self-serving interests to teach in the Criminal Justice discipline, I strongly believe that it remains sufficiently generic that it can fit in many other disciplines that accompanies professor imagination splicing your inventive juices.

Often professors, teachers, coaches, or trainers are provided a range of written materials (generally textbooks) that may fit a module or two of the desired material by the instructor.  We often find ourselves researching many articles to supplant the selected text rather than to supplement. A major benefit of writing OER material is that it provides a starting point and peers may add to the submitted material. Herein lies one of my personal interest, I would encourage my peers to provide a counterpoint section for each chapter provided within this material.  Thus, we may collectively add to the critical thinking cycle of our future practitioners.

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Drink, Swear, Steal, and Lie: Leadership in Four Easy Steps

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Author(s): Mark Whitman

Subject(s): Management: leadership and motivation

Last updated: 23/09/2022

Drink, Swear, Steal, and Lie: Leadership in Four Easy Steps is based on a near forty year career of a Police Chief. This is not a how-to text on becoming a leader (albeit there are encounters with leadership characteristics and styles), but rather an inspiring essential on why one should become a leader. This text was primarily written to satisfy a Leadership course in Criminal Justice Programs. However, it will meet the needs of most leadership/management courses introduced in other curriculums. This text examines maintenance as a key factor for leaders, creating environments conducive to well-ordered organizations, being a risk taker/change agent and empowering others to do the same, and coaching.