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Making Open Educational Resources with and for PreK12

CC BY (Attribution)   English

Author(s): Anita R. Walz, Julee P. Farley

Subject(s): Education

Institution(s): Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Publisher: Open Education Initiative at the University Libraries at Virginia Tech

Last updated: 04/06/2024

This toolkit is designed to address known gaps in knowledge and practice which limit the development of generative relationship-building processes between higher education faculty and PreK12 educators.

Higher education and PreK12 are vastly different domains. Well-intended, collaborative relationships do not always result in hoped-for creation of useful and reusable learning materials for PreK12 classrooms, nor of effective partnerships.

The toolkit is part of the Scholarly Communication Notebook and is intended to prepare and position practicing and future academic librarians and interested higher education faculty, staff, and students consulting with librarians to address gaps related to outreach to PreK12. It aims to expand use and re-usability of learning resources through informed practices regarding copyright, open-licensing, and accessibility. Designed for use in formal graduate-level library and information science courses and relevant for self-study by academic librarians already in practice, this toolkit includes videos, presentations, transcripts, activities, guides, assignments, and assessment tools for learning and delivery by librarians to faculty and students in higher education, and for use by interested instructional designers, other faculty, staff, and graduate students seeking to improve their service to PreK12 educators.

Are you a professor or academic librarian reviewing or using this toolkit? We would love to hear from you. CLICK HERE to leave your feedback.

Additional files for this resource are available at https://doi.org/10.21061/OER_PreK12_highered.

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Strategic Management

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)   English

Author(s): Adapted by Reed Kennedy, with Eli Jamison, Joseph Simpson, Pankaj Kumar, Ayenda Kemp, Kiran Awate, Kathleen Manning

Editor(s): Anita Walz

Subject(s): Business strategy

Publisher: Pamplin College of Business in association with Virginia Tech Publishing

Last updated: 09/05/2024

Why do some companies outperform others? In a dynamic and competitive business environment, the answer to this question can be the difference between success and failure. Firms that are successful generally have a strategic management process that helps them set goals and execute on a clear vision. This textbook offers an introduction to the key topics and themes of strategic management. The authors draw on examples of familiar companies and personalities to illustrate the different strategies used by today’s firms—and how they go about implementing those strategies. Students will learn how to conduct a case analysis, measure organizational performance, and conduct external and internal analyses. In short, they will understand how organizations operate at the strategic level to be successful.<p>
Strategic Management is intended for a wide range of business students including those majoring in marketing, management, business administration, accounting, finance, real estate, business information technology, and hospitality and tourism. It is ideal for a senior capstone course in an undergraduate business program. It is available online for free in multiple formats and also as an affordable print editions.<p>

Publication of this book was made possible in part due to generous support from the Open Education Initiative at the University Libraries and the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.

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Significant Statistics

CC BY-SA (Attribution ShareAlike)  201 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): Adapted by John Morgan Russell, from Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean, David Diez, Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel and Christopher D. Barr, Julie Vu and David Harrington

Editor(s): Anita Walz

Subject(s): Probability and statistics

Publisher: Department of Statistics in affiliation with the University Libraries at Virginia Tech

Last updated: 01/05/2024

Significant Statistics: An Introduction to Statistics is intended for students enrolled in a one-semester introduction to statistics course who are not mathematics or engineering majors. It focuses on the interpretation of statistical results, especially in real world settings, and assumes that students have an understanding of intermediate algebra. In addition to end of section practice and homework sets, examples of each topic are explained step-by-step throughout the text and followed by a ‘Your Turn’ problem that is designed as extra practice for students.

Significant Statistics: An Introduction to Statistics was adapted from content published by OpenStax including Introductory Statistics, OpenIntro Statistics, and Introductory Statistics for the Life and Biomedical Sciences. John Morgan Russell reorganized the existing content and added new content where necessary.

Note to instructors: This book is a beta (extended) version. To view the final publication (available in PDF, EPUB, print, and Pressbooks), please visit https://doi.org/10.21061/significantstatistics.

Instructors reviewing, adopting, or adapting this textbook: please help us understand your use by filling out this form: https://bit.ly/stat-interest.

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Introduction to Earth Science

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)  115 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): adapted by Laura Neser

Subject(s): Earth sciences, Geology, geomorphology and the lithosphere, Astronomy, space and time

Institution(s): Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Publisher: Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences in association with Virginia Tech Publishing

Last updated: 01/05/2024

Introduction to Earth Science is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to Earth Science that can be freely accessed online, read offline, printed, or purchased as a print-on-demand book. It is intended for a typical 1000-level university introductory course in the Geosciences.

This open textbook includes various features designed to enhance the student learning experience. These include a multitude of high-quality figures and images within each chapter that help to clarify key concepts and are optimized for viewing online. Self-test assessment questions are embedded in each online chapter that help students focus their learning.

Are you a professor reviewing or adopting this book for a course? Instructors adopting or reviewing this text are encouraged to record their use on this form: https://bit.ly/interest_intro_earth_science This helps the book's sponsors to understand this open textbook's impact.

PDF and ePub versions, and a link to order a print version are available at https://doi.org/10.21061/introearthscience.

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Biographical Dictionary of the History of Paleoanthropology

CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivatives)   English

Author(s): Matthew Goodrum

Subject(s): Biography: science, technology and medicine, Anthropology, Prehistory

Institution(s): Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Publisher: The University Library at Virginia Tech with Virginia Tech Publishing

Last updated: 13/02/2024

The Biographical Dictionary of the History of Paleoanthropology is an ongoing digital humanities project by Dr. Matthew Goodrum, a historian of science who teaches in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech. The work contains biographies of individual paleoanthropologists, especially those for whom little information exists in English. They are organized in alphabetical order. Each biography is subject to revision as new information comes to light, and new biographies will be added over time.
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The Art and Science of Teaching Agriculture: Four Keys to Dynamic Learning

CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial)   English

Author(s): M. Susie Whittington, Rick Rudd, Jack Elliot

Subject(s): Education, Agriculture and farming, Agricultural science, Educational: Agriculture, horticulture and related subjects

Institution(s): Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Publisher: Virginia Tech Department of Agriculture, Leadership, and Community Education in association with Virginia Tech Publishing and the Open Education Initiative of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech

Last updated: 22/01/2024

The Art and Science of Teaching Agriculture: Four Keys to Dynamic Learning is a methods of teaching book. Specifically, it is a collection of thoughts, best practices, strategies, and techniques for planning, delivering, and assessing teaching and learning. This resource is assembled from among the best teaching professors in agricultural communication, education, and leadership in America. They have narrated their favorite class sessions … sessions chosen with the goal of making us all better teachers.

You will quickly grasp the four fundamental keys of solid, basic, time-tested formal and nonformal teaching: Laying the Foundation, Connecting with Students, Designing Instruction, and Applying Learning. These keys are shared with you through the unique voices of the authors to provide a multiperspective approach to teaching.

The authors offer both secondary and postsecondary educators in both formal and nonformal educational environments the opportunity to build confidence in planning, delivering, and assessing the depths of the variables inherent in learning.

You will acquire the foundation to teach so your learners can learn dynamically!

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Virginia Cooperative Extension Gardener Handbook

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)   English

Author(s): Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program

Editor(s): Kathleen Reed, Devon Johnson

Subject(s): Gardening

Institution(s): Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University

Publisher: Virginia Cooperative Extension

Last updated: 19/01/2024

Virginia Cooperative Extension Gardener Handbook is a guide for all gardeners in Virginia. It covers a variety of topics important for beginning and experienced gardeners, including soil health, native plants, and integrated pest management. This manual provides an understanding of the basics of gardening in Virginia and helps to build a strong foundation of gardening knowledge. Resources for additional reading can be found at the end of each chapter. We encourage readers to take a deeper dive into the topics that interest them and continue their learning journey.

Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) is the outreach and engagement branch of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, Virginia’s land-grant universities. Through VCE, Extension agents, specialists, and volunteers work to share knowledge and advance the wellbeing of all Virginians. This handbook serves as the main training text for new Extension Master Gardener volunteers.

The main landing page for the book is https://doi.org/10.21061/vcegardener.

Let us know how you are using this book https://bit.ly/interest-vcegardener.

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Epidemiology

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)   English

Author(s): Charlotte Baker

Subject(s): Epidemiology and Medical statistics, Medical and health informatics

Institution(s): Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Publisher: Charlotte Baker in association with the Open Education Initiative of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech

Last updated: 04/01/2024

Epidemiology is an openly-licensed text designed for medical degree-seeking clinical students without a prior background in public health. Using sports medicine and injury prevention examples and applications, it aims to provide students with the basics of epidemiology terms and concepts and is intended to guide medical school students as they prepare for the USMLE Step 1 Exam and to transition from student to clinician. It includes an introduction to general concepts and terminology of epidemiology, study designs and their relationship to clinical questions, and the use of epidemiology in clinical diagnosis and screening of disease. Concluding sections of the book present sources of errors in epidemiologic studies including bias, confounding, and effect modification. The book is notable for its use of accessible, inclusive figures and examples, and end-of-chapter graphic notes which summarize the chapter visually.

PDF, ePub, and print versions of this text are available at https://doi.org/10.21061/epidemiology.

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Cardiovascular Pathophysiology for Pre-Clinical Students

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)   English

Author(s): Andrew Binks

Subject(s): Pre-clinical medicine: basic sciences

Publisher: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in association with Virginia Tech Publishing

Last updated: 27/09/2023

CARDIOVASCULAR PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR PRE-CLINICAL STUDENTS, is an undergraduate medical-level resource for foundational knowledge of common cardiovascular diseases, disorders and pathologies. This text is designed for a course pre-clinical undergraduate medical curriculum and it is aligned to USMLE(r) (United States Medical Licensing Examination) content guidelines. The text is meant to provide the essential information from these content areas in a concise format that would allow learner preparation to engage in an active classroom. Clinical correlates and additional application of content is intended to be provided in the classroom experience. The text assumes that the students will have an understanding of basic cardiovascular physiology that will be helpful to understand the content presented here. This resource should be assistive to the learner later in medical school and for exam preparation given the material is presented in a succinct manner, with a focus on high-yield concepts.

Additional versions of this book are freely available at: https://doi.org/10.21061/cardiovascularpathophysiology and https://med.libretexts.org/@go/page/34347.

Instructors reviewing, adopting, or adapting parts or the whole of the text are requested to register their interest at: https://bit.ly/interest-preclinical. Instructors and subject matter experts interested in sharing original supplemental materials are invited to join https://www.oercommons.org/groups/pre-clinical-resources/10133.

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Fish, Fishing, and Conservation

CC BY (Attribution)  16 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): Donald J. Orth

Editor(s): Anita Walz

Subject(s): Environmental management, Zoology: fishes (ichthyology), Fishing, angling, Conservation of wildlife and habitats, Fisheries and related industries, Fly fishing, Fishes as pets and aquaria

Institution(s): Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Publisher: Virginia Tech Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation in association with Virginia Tech Publishing

Last updated: 26/07/2023

People, places, and approaches to fishing are as varied as the diverse fish fauna that exist on the planet. As conservation planners recognize the value of substantial engagement of stakeholders in decision making and ineffectiveness of rigid top-down management approaches, Fish, Fishing, and Conservation asserts that all peoples must play a role in conservation. Through case studies, engaging narrative and graphics, and exercises, the 389-page, undergraduate-level text explores major motivations for fishing and non-fishing related values, responsible fisheries practices, the rights of all people to decide how to manage and conserve fish, their habitats, and how they are utilized. For many fishes, overfishing remains a pressing global problem for which appropriate solutions are not easily found nor implemented.

Instructors, if you are reviewing or adopting for use in a class, please let us know. https://bit.ly/fishandconservation_interest

For PDF, ePub, recordings of Profiles in Fish Conservation, and a link to order the print version visit: https://doi.org/10.21061/fishandconservation