[Bcoel] BCcampus Open Education: new books and ancillary resources, and other updates
lauri.aesoph at bccampus.ca
Thu Oct 5 14:29:15 PDT 2017
It's been a busy fall for BCcampus Open Education. Please see below for a list of new open textbooks, ancillary resources, and other updates. An option to purchase print-on-demand copies through SFU's Document Solutions for Canadian faculty and students is available for all textbooks. Textbooks and supplementary resources that were created in B.C. are labelled as "Made in British Columbia". Other Canadian based materials are also marked.
Made in British Columbia
[ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=0c9b47a1-9309-470c-b83c-ed55f5e2a9ea&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | Introduction to Criminal Investigation: Processes, Practices and Thinking ] is a teaching text describing and segmenting criminal investigations into its component parts to illustrate the craft of criminal investigation. Published by the Justice Institute of BC and written by Rod Gehl (JIBC) and Darryl Plecas (University of the Fraser Valley), t he goal of this textbook is to assist the reader in forming their own structured mental map of investigative thinking practices.
[ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=3b660b21-097e-4ecf-8a8e-56f4a43d6a6f&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | World Regional Geography ] presents an overview of the discipline by introducing students to key themes and concepts in geography through a study of the world’s regions. This recent addition, by Caitlin Finlayson from the University of Mary Washington, was evaluated by subject matter experts in B.C.
MATH - Calculus
Made in British Columbia
[ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=c8c2b69f-5ff7-4b6d-a35a-1856363ec9a2&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | Differential Calculus for the Life Sciences ] , by UBC Math professor Leah Edelstein-Keshet, is a high quality textbook designed with life sciences majors in mind. O ften calculus is taught as a technical subject with rules and formulas devoid of its connection to applications. In this textbook, the applications form an important focal point, with emphasis on life sciences. This places the techniques and concepts into practical context, as well as motivating quantitative approaches to biology taught to undergraduates.
A two-volume set for an introductory calculus course has also been added, written by faculty authors at the Grand Valley State University in Michigan
* [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=a78cdfc6-b5b6-45cb-9045-6975d7ba7b04&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | Active Calculus, 2017 edition ] can be used as a stand-alone textbook for a standard first semester college calculus course or as a supplement to a more traditional text. WeBWork files for a workbook and computer lab activities are available to instructors.
* In [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=3dcfe755-6534-4877-9c97-da323b36ae63&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | Active Calculus Multivariable ] the authors endeavor to actively engage students in learning the subject through an activity-driven approach in which the vast majority of the examples are completed by students.
>From NOBA, we've added [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=0100da6c-9753-42cf-a1f3-c1e94dde7eb3&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | Together: The Science of Social Psychology ] in which several modules investigate the ways other people affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.
Two new textbooks on Spanish literature (and written in Spanish) are now available.
* [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=17e2b614-b203-4491-8f39-9740eb171497&contributor=&keyword=&subject=Spanish | Antologia Abierta de Literatura Hispana ] is a critical anthology of literary texts from the Spanish-speaking world. The focus is on canonical authors with an attempt to include voices that have been marginalized. Julie Ward, assistant professor of 20th and 21st-century Latin American literature at the University of Oklahoma, is the editor.
* [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=0613e2b4-5a51-4aec-8927-81195a894cf1&contributor=&keyword=&subject=Spanish | Leyendas y arquetipos del Romanticismo español, Segunda edición ] i s an introduction to nineteenth-century Spanish literature with a thematic focus on legends and archetypes. This textbook is by Robert Sanders, from Portland State University, who specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century peninsular Spanish literature.
[ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=ccbb4e77-b20f-4dec-8a9f-67ccc9bc774b&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers ] by Michael Caulfield, from Washington State University in Vancouver, WA, "will show you how to use date filters to find the source of viral content, how to assess the reputation of a scientific journal in less than five seconds, and how to see if a tweet is really from the famous person you think it is or from an impostor", amongst other skills.
Made in British Columbia
PDF files and print-on-demand copies are now available for the two textbook set: [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=4356bb1a-a2d9-4a3c-989e-e45a2fa898b7&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | Greek and Latin Roots: Part I - Latin ] and [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=659957b9-b344-4f30-9f74-1770251fa09e&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | Greek and Latin Roots: Part II - Greek ] . This series examines the systematic principles by which a large portion of English vocabulary has evolved from Latin and (to a lesser degree) from Greek. These open textbooks, by the late Peter Smith, were produced by the University of Victoria and funded, in part, from a BCcampus OER Grant.
[ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=c6d0e9bd-ba6b-4548-82d6-afbd0f166b65&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | Creative Clinical Teaching in the Health Professions ] has been updated with files for its 2016 edition. This peer reviewed e-book, from Athabasca University authors Sherri Melrose, Caroline Park, and Beth Perry, is a must-read for nurses and other health professionals who strive to teach with creativity and excellence in clinical settings. Each chapter presents current evidence informed educational practice knowledge.
New Ancillary Resources
Made in British Columbia
[ https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/healthcasestudies/ | Health Case Studies ] , th e work of Glynda Rees, Rob Kruger, and Janet Morrison from BCIT, is a set of eight original health case studies. Each case includes a patient story that models the best practice in healthcare settings along with a set of specific learning objectives to support learning and facilitate educational strategies and evaluation. These case studies align with the textbooks [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=fbbb4840-eda5-4265-9f1c-d6d8008402a9&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | Clinical Procedures for Safer Patient Care ] and [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=f4873e49-e09c-469e-9ee8-9f14ca5a4e00&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | Anatomy and Physiology: OpenStax ] . This project was funded, in part, with funds from a BCcampus OER Grant.
For [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=0370418e-be7d-4541-b0d1-cf8a0fa0596f&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | Introduction to Financial Accounting ] , we have added (from author, David Annand, Athabasca University) a comprehensive end-of-course assignment. Randomly-generated versions of this assignment are also available.
ESL and ABE English
Made in British Columbia
Practice exercises, created by the University of Victoria, have been linked to two English as a Second Language (ESL) books in the collection ( [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=3988a71f-654e-4c7c-b662-1bd7fe4ffffe&contributor=&keyword=&subject=English%20Language%20Learning | In the Community: An Intermediate Integrated Skills Textbook ] and In the Workplace: [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=c071db23-acd5-4242-adcc-33b687b33b96&contributor=&keyword=&subject= | An Intermediate Integrated Skills Textbook ] ) and the [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?subject=Academic/Basic%20Upgrading | BC R ] [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?subject=Academic/Basic%20Upgrading | eads series ] that focuses on Adult Literacy Fundamentals in English.
A new "Support Resources" category has been added to the [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/ | B.C. Open Textbook collection ] with sub-categories for [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?subject=Guides | Guides ] and [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?subject=Toolkits | Toolkits ] . All BCcampus created guides and toolkits have been added.
A new resource, [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?uuid=f93fbf46-4f6f-44f2-87bd-c7bbc8d28d6a&contributor=&keyword=&subject=Guides | A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students ] , produced through the Rebus Community, has been added to [ https://open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/?subject=Guides | Guides ] in the B.C. Open Textbook collection. This handbook is for for faculty interested in practicing open pedagogy by involving students in the making of open textbooks, ancillary materials, or other open educational resources. Rajiv Jhangiani, from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, was a contributor.
BCcampus Open Education has posted an ongoing [ https://open.bccampus.ca/call-for-nominations-awards-for-excellence-in-open-education/ | Call for nominations for its new Awards for Excellence in Open Education ] . This monthly award will recognize outstanding contributions to the open education movement in British Columbia . For details, see the "Calls for Proposals" link at the top of the [ https://mail.bccampus.ca/open.bccampus.ca | BCcampus OpenEd website ] .
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