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VIVA Open Skills Academy Resources

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This resource includes all of the recordings and activities for the different sessions of the VIVA Open Skills Academy: Building Your OER Practice. The first session is An Introduction to Getting Started with VIVA Open on November 10, 2022. The following Academy sessions will be hosted in February, 2023 and will build on the foundational skills and practices of collaborating to curate, evaluate, create, and share Open Educational Resources (OER) to further develop projects to advance OER in your work.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Megan Simmons, Sophie Rondeau

Understanding Document Accessibility

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With much of the world gone digital, learning to create documents that are accessible to everyone is becoming a necessary skill. Intended for a general audience, this free resource reviews a wide range of document authoring applications, including the tools they contain for creating accessible documents, and tests them to ensure they do not contain potential barriers. Learn how to create accessible word processed documents, spreadsheets, presentation slides, and PDF documents, among others, so they are accessible to everyone.

Material Type: Textbook

American History I: Colonial Period to Civil War

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This text from Dr. Franklin Williamson and Dr. Tom Aiello from Gordon State University contains all modular text content used in the LMS implementation of their American History I (HIST 2111) courses. American History 1 covers topics ranging from the colonial period to the Civil War. The text was created under an Affordable Learning Georgia G2C Pilot Grant, taking place from Spring 2018 until Fall 2019. Table of Contents: Chapter 1 - The Colonial South Chapter 2 - The Colonial North Chapter 3 - 18th Century Colonial Life Chapter 4 - The French and Indian War Chapter 5 - American Revolution, Part 1 Chapter 6 - American Revolution, Part 2 Chapter 7 - Articles of Confederation Chapter 8 - Early Republic Chapter 9 - Jeffersonian Era Chapter 10 - Market Revolution Chapter 11 - The North and 19th Century Thought Chapter 12 - Slavery and Southern Life Chapter 13 - Western Expansion Chapter 14 - Sectional Conflict Chapter 15 - American Civil War

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lecture, Syllabus, Textbook

Authors: J. Franklin Williamson, Thomas Aiello

The American Yawp

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The American Yawp constructs a coherent and accessible narrative from all the best of recent historical scholarship. Without losing sight of politics and power, it incorporates transnational perspectives, integrates diverse voices, recovers narratives of resistance, and explores the complex process of cultural creation. It looks for America in crowded slave cabins, bustling markets, congested tenements, and marbled halls. It navigates between maternity wards, prisons, streets, bars, and boardrooms. Whitman’s America, like ours, cut across the narrow boundaries that strangle many narratives. Balancing academic rigor with popular readability, The American Yawp offers a multi-layered, democratic alternative to the American past.

Material Type: Textbook

History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877

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This textbook examines U.S. History from before European Contact through Reconstruction, while focusing on the people and their history. Prior to its publication, History in the Making underwent a rigorous double blind peer review, a process that involved over thirty scholars who reviewed the materially carefully, objectively, and candidly in order to ensure not only its scholarly integrity but also its high standard of quality. This book provides a strong emphasis on critical thinking about US History by providing several key features in each chapter. Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter help students to understand what they will learn in each chapter. Before You Move On sections at the end of each main section are designed to encourage students to reflect on important concepts and test their knowledge as they read. In addition, each chapter includes Critical Thinking Exercises that ask the student to deeply explore chapter content, Key Terms, and a Chronology of events.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Catherine Locks, Marie Lasseter, Pamela Roseman, Sarah Mergel, Tamara Spike

Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience

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Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience gives instructors, students, and general readers a comprehensive and up-to-date account of African Americans’ cultural and political history, economic development, artistic expressiveness, and religious and philosophical worldviews in a critical framework. It offers sound interdisciplinary analysis of selected historical and contemporary issues surrounding the origins and manifestations of White supremacy in the United States. By placing race at the center of the work, the book offers significant lessons for understanding the institutional marginalization of Blacks in contemporary America and their historical resistance and perseverance.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Gwendolyn Graham, Joshua Farrington, Norman W. Powell

ENGL 300 - Lecture 21 - African-American Criticism

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In this lecture, Professor Paul Fry examines trends in African-American criticism through the lens of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Toni Morrison. A brief history of African-American literature and criticism is undertaken, and the relationship of both to feminist theory is explicated. The problems in cultural and identity studies of essentialism, “the identity queue,” expropriation, and biology are surveyed, with particular attention paid to the work of Michael Cooke and Morrison’s reading of Huckleberry Finn. At the lecture’s conclusion, the tense relationship between African-American studies and New Critical assumptions are explored with reference to Robert Penn Warren’s poem, “Pondy Woods.”

Material Type: Lecture

Author: Paul Fry

Microbiology

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Microbiology covers the scope and sequence requirements for a single-semester microbiology course for non-majors. The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health. The pedagogical features of the text make the material interesting and accessible while maintaining the career-application focus and scientific rigor inherent in the subject matter. Microbiology’s art program enhances students’ understanding of concepts through clear and effective illustrations, diagrams, and photographs.

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Authors: Anh-Hue Thi Tu, Ann Auman, Ann Paterson, Ben Rowley, Brian M. Forster, Clifton Franklund, George Pinchuk, Graciela Brelles-Mariño, Mark Schneegurt, Mark Sutherland, Myriam Alhadeff Feldman, Nina Parker, Paul Flowers, Philip Lister, Summer Allen