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    Read more about Unlocking the Digital Age: The Musician's Guide to Research, Copyright, and Publishing

    Unlocking the Digital Age: The Musician's Guide to Research, Copyright, and Publishing

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    Contributors: DeLaurenti and Copland

    Publisher: The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

    License: CC BY

    Based on coursework developed at the Peabody Conservatory, this book serves as a crucial resource for early career musicians navigating the complexities of the digital era. This guide bridges the gap between creative practice and scholarly research, empowering musicians to confidently share and protect their work as they expand their performing lives beyond the concert stage as citizen artists. It offers a plain language resource that helps early career musicians see where creative practice and creative research intersect and how to traverse information systems to share their work. As professional musicians and researchers, the authors’ experiences on stage and in academia makes this guide an indispensable tool for musicians aiming to thrive in the digital landscape.

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    Biological Psychology

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    Contributors: Hove and Martinez

    Publisher: ROTEL

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    Biological psychology is the study of the biological bases of behavior and mental processes. It explores how biological factors like genes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and brain structures influence psychological components like thoughts, emotions, memories, and actions. This free and open textbook provides a wide ranging and up-to-date introduction to the main topics and methods of biological psychology.

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    Statistics Through an Equity Lens

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    Contributor: Anthony

    Publisher: ROTEL

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    This Open Educational Resource (OER) carries a significant responsibility by presenting statistics through an equity lens. The metaphor of a lens is used intentionally–as the glasses one wears can have a profound effect on what one sees. The book encourages further inspection of the ways in which data is collected, interpreted, and analyzed on a variety of social justice issues, such as health disparities, hunger and food insecurity, homelessness, behavioral health (mental health and substance use), and incarceration of males of color. It also attempts to reveal how the misuse of data can reinforce inequities, for example, by stigmatizing people and labeling neighborhoods as high poverty, violent, and having poor educational opportunities. Whether an intended or unintended consequence, irresponsible data use can contribute to racist impressions of people and communities.

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    Social Work Practice and Disability Communities: An Intersectional Anti-Oppressive Approach

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    Contributors: Slayter and Johnson

    Publisher: ROTEL

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    Designed as a main textbook for social work courses at the bachelor’s and master’s level or for social work practitioners in the field, this work moves beyond a traditional medicalized and segregated approach (i.e., chapters organized around impairments) to the exploration of disability-specific populations, instead taking a more intersectional approach in discussing specific service areas and practice issues while weaving in stories about the lived experiences of disabled people with a range of social identities. These issues include parenting, mass incarceration, ableism, aging, and employment, among many others.

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    Read more about Why Do I Have to Take This Course? A Guide to General Education

    Why Do I Have to Take This Course? A Guide to General Education

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    Contributor: Tracy

    Publisher: ROTEL

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    Why Do I Have to Take This Course? A Guide to General Education developed out of many years of thinking about general education courses and curriculums. We, as university personnel, do not always succeed in explaining why we have certain requirements. Even though these courses make up a significant percentage of our college careers, there is not often time set aside to talk about general education and explore its purpose and goals. When we do not know the reason why we are doing something, it can sometimes lead to apathy and even resentment. Once we have an idea of the purpose, then we can start to appreciate and learn. It is worthwhile to spend some time thinking about these purposes, both “official” and personal ones, in order to maximize student learning.

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    Read more about "Overweight" Bodies, Real and Imagined

    "Overweight" Bodies, Real and Imagined

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    Contributor: Gilleman

    Publisher: ROTEL

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    This compilation gathers OER sources on body weight, nutrition, and movement, and it also problematizes the cultural meaning of these readings. Roughly, this anthology is divided into two parts--informational and theoretical--in depicting how medical research and journalism influence and are influenced by social stereotypes, constructed ideas about bodies, food, and individual choices within social systems.

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    Read more about The Whole Child: Development in the Early Years

    The Whole Child: Development in the Early Years

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    Contributors: Budzyna and Buckley

    Publisher: ROTEL

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    The Whole Child is a textbook that gives an overview of development, beginning in the mother’s womb through the age of eight. It starts with a look at perspectives of early childhood, including how children have been viewed historically as well as cross-culturally. There is a complete overview of the important theorists that have helped to deepen and bring clarity to how children develop. These theories include psychodynamic, behavioral, social cognitive theory, cognitive theory, humanistic, multiple intelligence, growth mindset, and Bloom’s taxonomy. Understanding the implications of each theory is important foundational knowledge for the study of development. Developmental domains at each stage is examined alongside important milestones. The biology of the brain is given important consideration. Some of the many factors that influence a young child’s development are also included in this text.

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    Read more about Heritages of Change: Curatorial Activism and First-Year Writing

    Heritages of Change: Curatorial Activism and First-Year Writing

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    Contributor: Tracy

    Publisher: ROTEL

    License: CC BY-NC

    In first-year writing courses, it can often feel that we practice writing and research in a vacuum. Writing is about communication, and, if we do not feel that we have an audience, then it can seem like our writing has no purpose (even though practice of any kind will help us develop these skills). Heritages of Change: Curatorial Activism and First-Year Writing is a method for students to think about the social changes that were prevalent during the COVID years and remain important in their wake. Heritages of Change is a lens for thinking and writing about these ideas. Through curation and exhibition as an act of activism, students focus on a specific audience with whom they can communicate authentically about this dynamic world.

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    Read more about Shared Voices: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    Shared Voices: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

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    Contributors: Brellas and Martinez

    Publisher: ROTEL

    License: CC BY-NC

    Shared Voices is a student-centered cultural anthropology mini textbook built with an equity lens. We are excited to share this with you all. This book attempts to address the lack of current, reliable, and relevant resources for introductory anthropology courses that center equity and anti-racism.

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    Read more about Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technologies and Operations

    Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technologies and Operations

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    Contributors: Nichols, Mumm, Lonstein, Ryan, and Carter

    Publisher: New Prairie Press

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    As the quarter-century mark in the 21st Century nears, new aviation-related equipment has come to the forefront, both to help us and to haunt us. (Coutu, 2020). This is particularly the case with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). These vehicles have grown in popularity and accessible to everyone. Of different shapes and sizes, they are widely available for purchase at relatively low prices. They have moved from the backyard recreation status to important tools for the military, intelligence agencies, and corporate organizations. New practical applications such as military equipment and weaponry are announced on a regular basis – globally. (Coutu, 2020). Every country seems to be announcing steps forward in this bludgeoning field.

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