VIVA Grant Recipients
As part of VIVA’s Open and Affordable Course Content Programs, VIVA provides two grant opportunities, the VIVA Open Adopt Grants and the VIVA Open Course Grants. These grants encourage the use of open and affordable course content, including textbooks, software, and other course materials, by providing funding for instructors to adopt, adapt, and create course content that can be made available to students for no or very little cost.
This endorsement is applied to VIVA Open Grant projects.
This book is the result of students who have endeavored, over the semesters, to follow links to the public domain locations of the texts I assigned in the Survey of American Literature I course. The ease with which works in the public domain can be digitally accessed has enabled this book exist. In it, you will find a collection of texts that represent the diverse literary cannon that colleges and universities collectively refer to as American Literature.
The authors and texts here are representative of the many writers who were writing throughout the colonization and development of what we now consider the United States of America. The text begins with a selection of Native American stories, which passed down orally for many years before they were committed to paper around the turn of the 20th century. I have included these to give a context to the portrayal of the Native Americans that is provided in the early texts written by explorers and colonists, as well as to acknowledge the vast array of cultures and stories that were present in this continent when the first explorers arrived. From there, the text is organized chronologically. At first, most of the texts are non-fiction, documenting the experiences of traveling to and settling in a new world. Some of these authors will be familiar to you, as they also figure prominently in early American history. Several historical documents are included within this collection, often excerpted from the larger complete document. This text represents a variety of genre, from letters, personal narratives, and speeches to poetry, sketches, and fiction. My hope is that you find this collection useful, interesting, and enlightening.
This textbook guides students, step-by-step through the process of conducting a student research project--conducting a literature review, conceptualizing a research question, designing a research project, collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, as well as disseminating results to academic and lay audiences. The textbook emphasizes ethics, cultural humility, social justice, information literacy, and feasibility as core components of the research process.
Addresses how humans interact with the environment and how human systems are geographically distributed over space.
Table of contents:
1. Thinking Geographically
2. Geographic Tools & Methods
3. Population, Migration, & Spatial Demography
4. Interpreting Place & Cultural Landscape
5. Nature & Society
6. Agricultural & Food Systems
7. Economy & Development
8. Power, Politics, & Place
9. Geography of Religion
10. Geography of Language
11. Urban & Suburban Spaces
"Learn about igneous and metamorphic rocks (and how to analyze them), the fun way! Students learn concepts and practice knowledge by conducting inquiries guided with examples based on videos and interactive diagrams"--Introduction to Petrology, Pressbooks.
This online introductory cognitive psychology course was designed in a modular format that students work through from beginning to end. Each topic has corresponding OER material for students to review (most often readings and/or videos), a video lecture (not included), a brief quiz to check understanding of content (not included) , and various virtual cognitive psychology experiments, discussions and brief writing assignments. Currently there is no cumulative exam for the course, In lieu of an exam, students write a reflection journal, with entries due at the end of each module (five in total). These entries consist of a response to a prompt that encourages students to link theories and findings learned in the module to their daily lives.
The twelve lessons for SOWK 621.01: Research I: Basic Research Methodology as previously taught by Dr. Matthew DeCarlo at Radford University. Dr. DeCarlo and his team developed a complete package of materials that includes a textbook, ancillary materials, and a student workbook as part of a VIVA Open Course Grant.
There are four primary focus areas of this course - 1) Relations and Functions, 2) Polynomial and Rational Functions, 3) Exponential and Logarithmic Functions and 4) Systems of equations.
Precalculus 1 (MTH 161) was produced by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) as an online Open Educational Resources (OER) course in partnership with three Community Colleges: J. Sargeant Reynolds, Tidewater, and John Tyler.
There are nine focus areas of this course - 1) Relations and Functions, 2) Polynomial and Rational Functions, 3) Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, 4) Systems of equations, 5) Trigonometric Functions, 6) Analytic Trigonometry, 7) Applications of Trigonometry, 8) Conics and 9) Sequences and Series.
Precalculus with Trigonometry (MTH 167) was produced by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) as an online Open Educational Resources (OER) course in partnership with three Community Colleges: J. Sargeant Reynolds, Tidewater, and John Tyler.
This collection of interactive problems and solutions includes over twenty-five collections of 3-5 problems each on topics relevant to undergraduate-level aerospace structures such as load factors, strain, stress, stress transformation and principal stresses, material properties, composites, equations of equilibrium, Airy stress function, thermoelasticity, failure theories, elastic-plastic analysis, fracture, beam bending, principal of minimum total potential energy, finite element method for beams, plate bending, buckling, structural dynamics, and aeroelasticity.
The problem sets were developed to help faculty provide regular formative assessments to the students without any corresponding grading burden (for the faculty or TA). The assessments can be given twice a week in a typical class and can help the students get feedback on a regular basis.
The Python Jubilee Project adapted various available OER into a single resource for an introductory course in programming in Python. Dr. Showalter arranged the materials into weekly course modules that can be accessed and completed by enrolled students.
The electronic notebook (eLabFTW) is documentation of what is performed in the lab for CHEM 301: Organic Chemistry I as instructed by Dr. Amy Balija. Users will be required to create an account to access the documentation.