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Making and Being

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributors: Jahoda and Woolard

Publisher: Pioneer Works Press

License: CC BY-SA

Making and Being offers a framework for teaching art that emphasizes contemplation, collaboration, and political economy. Authors Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard, two visual arts educators and members of the collective BFAMFAPhD*, share ideas and teaching strategies that they have adapted to spaces of learning which range widely, from self-organized workshops for professional artists to Foundations BFA and MFA thesis classes. This hands-on guide includes activities, worksheets, and assignments and is a critical resource for artists and art educators today. Making and Being is a book, a series of videos, a deck of cards, and an interactive website with freely downloadable content (click on links below to download worksheets, activities, and chapters as PDFs and editable Google Docs).

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Read more about Introduction to Philosophy: Epistemology

Introduction to Philosophy: Epistemology

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Barnett and Hendricks

Publisher: Rebus Community

License: CC BY

Introduction to Philosophy: Epistemology engages first-time philosophy readers on a guided tour through the core concepts, questions, methods, arguments, and theories of epistemology—the branch of philosophy devoted to the study of knowledge. The book progresses systematically while placing key ideas and thinkers in historical and contemporary context. Central topics include the analysis of knowledge, the nature of epistemic justification, rationalism vs. empiricism, skepticism, the value of knowledge, the ethics of belief, Bayesian epistemology, social epistemology, and feminist epistemologies.

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Read more about It’s All Greek to Me! Using Authentic Readings to Improve Knowledge of the English Language and Western Culture

It’s All Greek to Me! Using Authentic Readings to Improve Knowledge of the English Language and Western Culture

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributor: Davenport

Publisher: The University of Tennessee Libraries

License: CC BY-NC-SA

“It’s All Greek to Me!” has everything—entertaining stories, academic articles in a variety of disciplines, vocabulary crossover in literary and academic readings, connections to local, American, and Western culture, and plenty of chances for critical thinking for advanced students of English as a Second Language (ESL). All readings are authentic with minimal adaptation from a variety of sources.

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Read more about Culturas hispanas a través de la pantalla / Hispanic Cultures Through the Screen

Culturas hispanas a través de la pantalla / Hispanic Cultures Through the Screen

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: López-Aguilera

Publisher: Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Este libro de texto busca fomentar el visionado crítico de productos audiovisuales contemporáneos y el reflexionar sobre la representación de las culturas hispanas en webseries y vídeos musicales. This textbook aims to promote critical viewing of contemporary audiovisual products and thinking about the representation of Hispanic cultures in web series and music videos.

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Read more about How Arguments Work - A Guide to Writing and Analyzing Texts in College

How Arguments Work - A Guide to Writing and Analyzing Texts in College

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Mills

Publisher: LibreTexts

License: CC BY-NC-SA

How Arguments Work takes students through the techniques they will need to respond to readings and make sophisticated arguments in any college class. This is a practical guide to argumentation with strategies and templates for the kinds of assignments students will commonly encounter. It covers rhetorical concepts in everyday language and explores how arguments can build trust and move readers.

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Read more about Foundations of American Education: A Critical Lens

Foundations of American Education: A Critical Lens

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Wells  and Clayton

Publisher: VIVA

License: CC BY-NC-SA

In this survey text, readers will explore the foundations of American education through a critical lens. Topics include the teaching profession, influences on student learning, philosophical and historical foundations, structures of schools, ethical and legal issues, curriculum, classroom environment, and the path forward.

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Read more about Documentary Making for Digital Humanists

Documentary Making for Digital Humanists

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Reid and Sanders

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

License: CC BY-NC

This fluent and comprehensive field guide responds to increased interest, across the humanities, in the ways in which digital technologies can disrupt and open up new research and pedagogical avenues. It is designed to help scholars and students engage with their subjects using an audio-visual grammar, and to allow readers to efficiently gain the technical and theoretical skills necessary to create and disseminate their own trans-media projects.

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Read more about Elementary Mandarin

Elementary Mandarin

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributor: Polley

Publisher: LibreTexts

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This course is designed for learners with no background in Chinese. It introduces basic structures of the Mandarin Chinese language with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will gain these four skills in standard Mandarin Chinese, attaining approximately the Novice-High level on the ACTFL-ETS (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency scale. Topics of conversation include basic greetings, names, family, work, study, and hobbies.

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Read more about A Possession Forever: A Guide to Using Commemorative Memorials and Monuments in the Classroom

A Possession Forever: A Guide to Using Commemorative Memorials and Monuments in the Classroom

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Kerby , Baguley , Gehrmann , Bedford , Rowling , and Andersen

Publisher: University of Southern Queensland

License: CC BY-SA

This open textbook will guide educators and students through the process of using local monuments and memorials to contextualise, interrogate and extend their knowledge of historical events at a national and international level. Students will learn how to use local history to create an organic patchwork of local stories, interviews, photographs and artefacts contributed by, and for, the community and contextualised nationally and internationally. Through this process they will assume the role of historians rather than passive consumers of dominant ideologies and understand how historical events have shaped diverse views, including their own, of issues such as social justice, democracy, human rights and citizenship.

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Read more about Ancient Greek I: A 21st Century Approach

Ancient Greek I: A 21st Century Approach

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Peek

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

License: CC BY

In this elementary textbook, Philip S. Peek draws on his twenty-five years of teaching experience to present the ancient Greek language in an imaginative and accessible way that promotes creativity, deep learning, and diversity. The course is built on three pillars: memory, analysis, and logic. Readers memorize the top 250 most frequently occurring ancient Greek words, the essential word endings, the eight parts of speech, and the grammatical concepts they will most frequently encounter when reading authentic ancient texts. Analysis and logic exercises enable the translation and parsing of genuine ancient Greek sentences, with compelling reading selections in English and in Greek offering starting points for contemplation, debate, and reflection. A series of embedded Learning Tips help teachers and students to think in practical and imaginative ways about how they learn. This combination of memory-based learning and concept- and skill-based learning gradually builds the confidence of the reader, teaching them how to learn by guiding them from a familiarity with the basics to proficiency in reading this beautiful language. Ancient Greek I: A 21st-Century Approach is written for high-school and university students, but is an instructive and rewarding text for anyone who wishes to learn ancient Greek.

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