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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 America: The User’s Manual

America: The User’s Manual

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Kantack

Publisher: Benjamin R. Kantack

License: CC BY-NC

This is a free textbook written for introductory undergraduate courses in American politics. It may also be suitable for precocious high school students, as well as nonstudents who are interested in learning how American government works.

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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 Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical Students

Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical Students

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: LeClair

Publisher: Virginia Tech Publishing

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical Students is an undergraduate medical-level resource for foundational knowledge across the disciplines of genetics, cell biology and biochemistry. This USMLE-aligned text is designed for a course in first-year undergraduate medical course that is delivered typically before students start to explore systems physiology and pathophysiology. The text is meant to provide the essential information from these content areas in a concise format that would allow learner preparation to engage in an active classroom. Clinical correlates and additional application of content is intended to be provided in the classroom experience. The text assumes that the students will have completed medical school prerequisites (including the MCAT) in which they will have been introduced to the most fundamental concepts of biology and chemistry that are essential to understand the content presented here. This resource should be assistive to the learner later in medical school and for exam preparation given the material is presented in a succinct manner, with a focus on high-yield concepts.

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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 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Carpenter

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Learn about entrepreneurship and what makes entrepreneurs successful, all while developing your entrepreneurial skills.

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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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