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Read more about Teaching in the University: Learning from the Experiences of Graduate Students & Faculty

Teaching in the University: Learning from the Experiences of Graduate Students & Faculty

Contributors: Westfall-Rudd, Vengrin, and Elliott-Engel

Publisher: Virginia Tech Publishing

The primary objective of this book is to provide a resource for graduate teaching assistants who are looking for practical strategies and guidance as they begin their careers as postsecondary STEM educators. The text will be designed to address a comprehensive list of topics to support the professional development of new faculty, recognizing that those holding academic faculty positions within a college or university are expected to be active in teaching, discovery, and outreach.


Read more about Exploring Earth: An Introduction to Earth Science

Exploring Earth: An Introduction to Earth Science

Contributor: Laó-Dávila

Publisher: Oklahoma State University

Open textbook for introductory geology courses


Read more about Moving Pictures:  An Introduction to Cinema

Moving Pictures: An Introduction to Cinema

Publisher: University of Arkansas

Textbook for 1000- level Communication course: Introduction to Films Studies


Read more about Elements of Linear Algebra

Elements of Linear Algebra

Contributor: Wilson

Publisher: Virginia Tech Publishing

The textbook is a proof-based introduction to the core topics of linear algebra including abstract vector spaces and linear maps, diagonalizable operators, and inner product spaces with applications including the singular value decomposition (SVD). The textbook is meant as a second course in linear algebra for students who have completed a first course in linear algebra as well as an introduction to proofs course.


Read more about Introduction to Biosystems Engineering

Introduction to Biosystems Engineering

Contributors: Holden, Wolfe, Ogejo, and Cummins

Publishers: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) in association with VT Publishing and Virginia Tech Publishing

The discipline of Biosystems Engineering emerged in the 1990s from the traditional strongholds of agricultural engineering and food engineering. Biosystems engineering integrates engineering science and design with applied biological, environmental, and agricultural sciences. This book is targeted at 1st and 2nd year university-level students with an interest in biosystems engineering but who are not yet familiar with the breadth and depth of the subject. It is designed as a coherent educational resource, also available for download as individual digital chapters. The book can be used as a localized, customizable text for introductory courses in Biosystems Engineering globally. It is written as a series of stand-alone chapters organized under six major topics: Food and Bioprocessing; Environment; Buildings and Infrastructure; Information and Communications Technology and Data; Machinery Systems; and Energy. Each chapter is organized around stated learning outcomes and describes key concepts, applications of the concepts, and worked examples.


Read more about Introduction to Neuroscience

Introduction to Neuroscience

Contributor: Henley

Publisher: Michigan State University

Introduction to neuroscience.


Read more about Elementary Earth and Space Science Methods

Elementary Earth and Space Science Methods

Contributors: Dunn, Haley, McDonald, Smith, and Neal

Publisher: University of Iowa

This content knowledge book is meant for future science teachers. It is divided into four parts which align with the Science Methods II course at the University of Iowa: Space Science, Earth Science, Climate Change, and Pedagogy. Within each part, the material is broken down into smaller chapters. Here you will find written explanations, video links, glossary terms, key takeaways, and practice quizzes to help you understand the material. This book is designed to be a flexible resource; use it as much or as little as you need throughout the course.


Read more about Chemistry for Non-Majors

Chemistry for Non-Majors

Contributor: Cooper

Publisher: Michigan State University

Our goal is to present concepts and skills in various ways, ask students to talk about and work with their understanding, and then ask questions about what students actually mean when they use specific words and ideas. Critical to the success of this approach is time: the time required to understand what students think before, during, and after reading the text and working with the applets and activities; the time required for students to recognize and talk about their assumptions; the time required to listen to them, to ask them what, exactly, they mean, and for them to explain, analyze, and where appropriate reconsider, their ideas.


Read more about Critical Feminist Methodologies

Critical Feminist Methodologies

Contributors: Bailey and Essmiller

Publisher: Oklahoma State University

This resource will be the initial product of an open pedagogy project completed as part of a graduate level critical feminist methodologies course. The introduction to the book will set the stage by providing the epistemological and theoretical grounding of the course materials, describe the materials the students read, and provide information about the exemplar assignment. The main body of of the text will include scholarly discussions and analyses of thematically grouped exemplar work representative of critical feminist methodologies. Complementary to each scholarly analysis will be pieces focused on the work created from the perspective of the population and voices addressed in the exemplar.


Read more about Our Sexual Selves

Our Sexual Selves

Contributors: Rahman and Dimopoulos

Publisher: College of Marin

A Human Sexuality Reader for the Behavioral Sciences