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This collaboratively authored guide helps institutions navigate the uncharted waters of tagging course material as open educational resources (OER) or under a low-cost threshold by summarizing relevant state legislation, providing tips for working with stakeholders, and analyzing technological and process considerations. The first half of the book provides a high-level analysis of the technology, legislation, and cultural change needed to operationalize course markings. The second half features case studies by Alexis Clifton, Rebel Cummings-Sauls, Michael Daly, Juville Dario-Becker, Tony DeFranco, Cindy Domaika, Ann Fiddler, Andrea Gillaspy Steinhilper, Rajiv Jhangiani, Brian Lindshield, Andrew McKinney, Nathan Smith, and Heather White.

Subject:
Higher Education
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Case Study
Reading
Author:
Abbey Elder
Jennifer Raye
Jessica Dai
John Schoppert
Joy Perrin
Kris Helge
Liz Thompson
Michelle Reed
Nicole Allen
Sarah Hare
Date Added:
05/19/2020
The Business Ethics Workshop
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Ethics is about determining value; it's deciding what's worth doing and what doesn't matter so much.Business ethics is the way we decide what kind of career to pursue, what choices we make on the job,which companies we want to work with, and what kind of economic world we want to live in and thenleave behind for those coming after. There are no perfect answers to these questions, but there's adifference between thinking them through and winging it. The Business Ethics Workshop provides aframework for identifying, analyzing, and resolving ethical dilemmas encountered through working life.

Subject:
Business and Communication
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Case Study
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Provider:
Flat World Knowledge
Author:
James Brusseau
Date Added:
12/05/2019
Corporate Governance
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This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to ethics in business and provides modules in Ethical Leadership, Ethical Decision-Making, Social Responsibility, and Corporate Governance. Students will actively study ethical theory by carrying out exercises to help them build theory-based tools for encountering ethical problems in business practice. They will also work with cases in business ethics designed to give them practice in developing skills of ethical leadership, ethical decision-making, and carrying out socio-technical analyses to respond to issues of social responsibility. This course will culminate in an Ethics Bowl competition in which students will practice ethics advocacy in a variety of organizational contexts in business. This course is being developed as a part of an NSF-funded project, "Collaborative Development of Ethics Across the Curriculum Resources and Sharing of Best Practices," NSF SES 0551779.

Subject:
Business and Communication
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Activity/Lab
Case Study
Full Course
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Jose A. Cruz-cruz
William Frey
Date Added:
12/05/2019
Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in Society
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Presents readings, case studies, and assignments related to dress, appearance, and diversity in social contexts. Topics include honesty, social justice, culture, subculture and group membership, fashion theories, sex and gender, sexuality, physical attractiveness, disability, religion, and race and ethnicity.

Subject:
Cultural Geography
Sociology
Material Type:
Case Study
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
Kelly L. Reddy-Best
Date Added:
02/22/2021
Effective Professional Communication: A Rhetorical Approach
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This text focuses on using rhetoric to help students develop skills in professional communication and technical writing for technical fields such as Engineering, Agriculture, and Kinesiology. It opens with an overview of communication theory then dives into several rhetorical theories with an emphasis on the works of Bitzer, Aristotle, and Booth. These rhetorical theories are then applied to the job application process, technical correspondence, writing reports, and public speaking.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Assessment
Case Study
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
University of Saskatchewan
Author:
Corey Owen
Rebekah Bennetch
Zachary Keesey
Date Added:
02/23/2022
Exploring Business
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The author's goals in writing Exploring Business were simple: (1) introduce students to business in an exciting way and (2) provide faculty with a fully developed teaching package that allows them to do the former. Toward those ends, the following features are included in this text:1- Integrated (Optional) Nike Case Study: A Nike case study is available for instructors who wish to introduce students to business using an exciting and integrated case. Through an in-depth study of a real company, students learn about the functional areas of business and how these areas fit together. Studying a dynamic organization on a real-time basis allows students to discover the challenges that it faces, and exposes them to critical issues affecting the business, such as globalization, ethics and social responsibility, product innovation, diversity, supply chain management, and e-business.2- A Progressive (Optional) Business Plan: Having students develop a business plan in the course introduces students to the excitement and challenges of starting a business and helps them discover how the functional areas of business interact. This textbook package includes an optionalintegrated business plan project modeled after one refined by the author and her teaching team over the past ten years.3- AACSB Emphasis: The text provides end-of-chapter questions, problems, and cases that ask students to do more than regurgitate information. Most require students to gather information, assess a situation, think about it critically, and reach a conclusion. Each chapter presents ten Questions and Problems as well as five cases on areas of skill and knowledge endorsed by AACSB: Learning on the Web, Career Opportunities, The Ethics Angle, Team-Building Skills, and The Global View. More than 70% of end-of-chapter items help students build skills in areas designated as critical by AACSB, including analytical skills, ethical awareness and reasoning abilities, multicultural understanding and globalization, use of information technology, and communications and team oriented skills. Each AACSB inspired exercise is identified by an AACSB tag and a note indicating the relevant skill area.4- Author-Written Instructor Manual (IM): For the past eleven years, Karen Collins has been developing, coordinating and teaching (to over 3,500 students) an Introduction to Business course. Sections of the course have been taught by a mix of permanent faculty, graduate students, and adjuncts.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Finance
Management
Material Type:
Case Study
Textbook
Provider:
Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project
Author:
Karen Collins
Date Added:
01/01/2012
Heritage Spanish
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If you have found yourself searching for, adapting or creating materials for your heritage classes because of a lack of readily available commercial resources, this site is for you!

Subject:
Languages
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Activity/Lab
Case Study
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
University of Texas at Austin
Provider Set:
COERLL
Author:
Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL)
Date Added:
06/10/2020
Historical Geology
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Historical Geology is a free online textbook for Historical Geology courses. It includes the following chapters, as well as a series of case studies, virtual field experiences, tools of the trade, and virtual sample sets.

Chapters:
What is Historical Geology?
A Brief History of Earth
Earth as a System
Earth Materials – The Rock-Forming Minerals
Earth Materials – Rocks
Plate Tectonics
Geologic time
Evolution Part I: The Theory
Taphonomy: The Science of Death and Decay
Innovations of Life Through Time: Life Finds a Way
Stratigraphy – The Pages of Earth’s Past
Using sedimentary structures to interpret ancient environments
Facies
Paleoclimatology

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Assessment
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Textbook
Author:
Callan Bentley
Karen M. Layou
Russ Kohrs
Shelley Jaye
Date Added:
11/05/2021
Instruction in Functional Assessment
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Instruction in Functional Assessment introduces learners to functional assessment (FA), which includes a variety of assessment approaches (indirect, observational, and experimental) for identifying the cause of an individual’s challenging behavior for the purpose of designing effective treatments. FA is mandated by federal law and is a recognized empirically based approach to treatment of individuals with challenging behaviors (e.g., disruptive, self-injurious, and aggressive behaviors). Instruction in FA is essential for students who will one day enter professions as educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, or mental health professionals.The purpose of this textbook is to provide instruction in FA skills for pre-professionals in the fields of education and psychology. This supplemental resource provides the context, background, and knowledge to facilitate students’ acquisition of the methods, decision-making, and skills involved in conducting FA. Each chapter begins with focus questions designed to promote reflective thinking and ends with discussion questions. To promote application of FA in diverse situations and teach important lessons, case studies of individuals with challenging behaviors, interactive activities, and opportunities for practice are embedded in the chapters. Moreover, the text includes the ingredients to facilitate students’ role play and rehearsal of appropriate FA skills while working in cooperative groups and using performance-based training.

Subject:
Education
Psychology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Case Study
Textbook
Provider:
State University of New York
Provider Set:
Milne Open Textbooks
Author:
Marcie Desrochers
Moira Fallon
Date Added:
08/08/2014
Intermediate College Writing: Building and Practicing Mindful Writing Skills
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Welcome to Intermediate College Writing: Building and Practicing Mindful Writing Skills, an open textbook designed for use in university‐level courses that focus on cultivating study skills alongside effective academic and workplace writing skills. It offers a no‐cost alternative to commercial products, combining practical guidance with interactive exercises and thoughtfully designed writing opportunities.

This textbook’s modular design and ample coverage of topics and genres means that it can be used flexibly over semester‐long or stretch courses, allowing instructors and students to select the chapters that are most relevant for their needs. By blending new material with reviews of key topics, such as academic integrity, the chapters provide fresh perspectives on matters vital to the development of strong writing skills. The book adapts, builds upon, and expands material covered in our first open textbook, Mindful Technical Writing: An Introduction to the Fundamentals (Atkinson & Corbitt, 2021).

Table of Contents
Unit I: Exploring College Writing Fundamentals
Unit II: Writing Documents
Unit III: Attending to Design
Unit IV: Working with Sources
Unit V: Conducting Research
Unit VI: Employing Strategies for College Success
Unit VII: Producing Correspondence
Unit VIII: Producing Academic Writing
Unit IX: Refining Your Writing

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Case Study
Homework/Assignment
Textbook
Author:
Dawn Atkinson
Stacey Corbitt
Date Added:
07/27/2022
Written Communication for Engineers
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This course packet seeks to develop the upper level engineering student’s sense of audience and purpose in a research-based context with workplace constraints. It requires the student to choose a technical topic of interest and research it to solve for a specific problem or to meet a typical industry need by way of several assignments: Unsolicited Research Proposal, Progress Report, Visual Aids, and Oral Presentation, all of which lead to the Formal Report. This approach readies students to write informatively and persuasively in the engineering workplace, providing excellent examples of each assignment contributed by former students whose Formal Reports have won first place in the annual Technical Writing Competition. Because users can rely on demonstrably excellent student examples to understand the concepts behind assignments that build on one another rather than on disparate textbook examples, they tend to write better and to be more confident producing documents and giving presentations. In short, they recognize they are among their own in a class that challenges many engineering students. Moreover, since all the Formal Reports have won awards, convincing students they are using good models with which to create their own documents is relatively easy. Finally, mining excellent student documents makes certain skill-sets clearer, according to former students. For instance, students can follow along as the writer does the following: identifies and proves a problem or need exists; creates the research objectives that lead to the method with which they will address the issue; and develops persuasive strategies for convincing both executive and engineering readers. Similarly, these student papers demonstrate how to discern among results, conclusions, and recommendations and show correct use of sources and visuals.

Table of Contents
Unit 1: Project Planning
Unit 2: Job Search
Unit 3: Research Topic Review
Unit 4: Email Inquiry
Unit 5: Results, Conclusions, Recommendations
Unit 6: Audience Analysis
Unit 7: Proposal
Unit 8: Visual Aids
Unit 9: Progress Report
Unit 10: Formal Report
Unit 11: Speech
Unit 12: Honor/Integrity, Plagiarism, Documentation Quizzes

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Case Study
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
New Prairie Press
Author:
Marcella Reekie
Date Added:
07/27/2022
eComma — a Space for Social Reading
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eComma is a social reading tool teachers can install in their Learning Management System (LMS). It allows students and teachers to read and annotate texts together, pooling their knowledge and perspectives for a deeper understanding and analysis of what they are reading. The eComma website linked here explains how to explain the tool in an LMS and has a user guide and case studies with ideas for how to use it in a class.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Case Study
Interactive
Reading
Provider:
University of Texas at Austin
Provider Set:
COERLL
Author:
Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL)
Date Added:
06/10/2020