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Read more about Open-Source Property: A Free Casebook

Open-Source Property: A Free Casebook

Contributors: Clowney, Grimmelmann, and Grynberg

Publisher: Open Source Property

Open Source Property: A Free Casebook is a free resource for instructors and students of the first-year Property Law course at American law schools, and anyone else with an interest in the subject.

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Read more about Relativity Lite: A Pictorial Translation of Einstein’s Theories of Motion and Gravity

Relativity Lite: A Pictorial Translation of Einstein’s Theories of Motion and Gravity

Contributor: Straton

Publisher: Portland State University Library

Relativity Lite is designed for courses like my 100-student General Astronomy sequence. Relativity Lite translates the mathematical equations conventional relativity texts rely upon into pictures that are readily understood and contain within them the mathematical essentials. This new book would provide the comprehensive coverage needed to understand, in sufficient depth, these three linked areas of our reality.

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Read more about Safety, Health, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education

Safety, Health, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education

Contributor: Paris

Publisher: College of the Canyons

Early childhood is a critical time in development. Many outcomes, both positive and negative, have their beginnings in these years. It is vital that children’s health and safety be protected. High-quality early care and education programs can play a valuable role in improving outcomes

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Read more about Think Raku: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist - 2nd edition

Think Raku: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist - 2nd edition

Contributors: Rosenfeld and Downey

Publisher: Green Tea Press

Think Raku is an introduction to computer science and programming intended for people with little or no experience.

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Read more about Blueprints: Creating, Describing, and Implementing Designs for Larger-Scale Software Projects - version 2.2

Blueprints: Creating, Describing, and Implementing Designs for Larger-Scale Software Projects - version 2.2

Contributor: Davies

Publisher: University of Mary Washington

Blueprints is a concise yet comprehensive coverage of Object-Oriented Analysis and Design concepts, suitable for a second programming course in Computer Science. It introduces and teaches application development in a command-line environment, and assumes basic expertise with the Java programming language.

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Read more about Interpersonal Communication: A Mindful Approach to Relationships

Interpersonal Communication: A Mindful Approach to Relationships

Contributors: Wrench, Punyanunt-Carter, and Thweatt

Publisher: Open SUNY

Interpersonal Communication: A Mindful Approach to Relationships helps readers examine their own one-on-one communicative interactions using a mindfulness lens. The writing team of Jason S. Wrench, Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter, and Katherine Thweatt incorporates the latest communication theory and research to help students navigate everyday interpersonal interactions. The 14 chapters in this book cover topics typically taught in an undergraduate interpersonal communication course: family interactions, interpersonal dynamics, language, listening, nonverbal communication, and romantic relationships, as well as exploring emerging areas such as self-compassion, body positivity, friendships, and “the dark side”. The writing takes on a purposefully informal tone to engage readers. Each chapter is broken into different sections that have unique instructional outcomes, key takeaways, and exercises, and concludes with real-world case studies and sample quiz questions. Also included is an extensive glossary with over 350 definitions.

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Read more about Doing Research

Doing Research

Contributor: Brinkerhoff

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

A modules-based approach to learning research skills that emphasizes the reflective nature of information discovery, the contextual basis for evaluating that information, and a recognition that information has value.

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Read more about University 101: Study, Strategize and Succeed

University 101: Study, Strategize and Succeed

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Welcome to university! Whether this is your first time in post-secondary education, or whether you are returning to studies, you’re arriving with some goals you want to achieve. Perhaps you are taking a focused program to lead you into your desired career. Perhaps you are exploring courses in different areas, providing a foundation for future specialization. Wherever you are in your journey, you find yourself in a learning environment that is different from one you have experienced before.

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Read more about Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist Identify Plants and Plant Requirements

Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist Identify Plants and Plant Requirements

Contributor: Nakano

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist Identify Plants and Plant Requirements is an adaptation of KPU HORT 1155 Introduction to Plant Materials Lecture Notes. It is an editable, open access learning resource with interactive web based experiences customized for horticulture students studying plant identification.

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Read more about Succeeding at Your Internship: A Handbook Written for and with Students

Succeeding at Your Internship: A Handbook Written for and with Students

Contributors: Mruk and Moor

Publisher: Bowling Green State University Libraries

There are several textbooks for students whose majors include internships in human services, broadly defi­­­ned, such case management, counseling, criminal justice, and social work. Most of these books are written in an academic format. Typically, it involves an introduction to a theoretical orientation that concerns working with others followed by a series of chapters devoted to learning professional skills associated with a given discipline. This approach is fine, as far as it goes, but also has two drawbacks. One is that the texts are usually sold by main stream publishers, which means they are expensive. Another is that they seldom address what might be described as the experiential dimension of the internship that most beginners face on their own. This new book addresses both concerns. The fact that it is offered as a free text addresses the first issue, of course, but the second one requires a new approach. It began with asking students to talk about what they experienced when going through their first internship and what they would tell others about how to make it a successful one. That work led to a structured narrative about basic practical topics, such as finding an internship, getting started there, making effective use of supervision, understanding ethics, appreciating cultural diversity, becoming competent, and completing the internship. The text includes descriptions, suggestions, and exercises. It may be used as either a primary course text or, due to its relative brevity, a supplemental one. Although the lead editor is an experienced clinician and professor who has supervised internships for a variety of human services majors over many years, the book was written with and for students to make it more readable and more useful.

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