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ANTH101: Free textbook and hub for teaching cultural anthropology
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* a free alternative to expensive Introduction to Cultural Anthropology textbooks

* includes a full textbook and several original videos

* includes 10 "challenges" (assignments)

* a hub of original and found resources for teaching and learning anthropology

* a “connected course” of many faculty around the world sharing instructional materials

* an open course freely available to anyone online

* an emerging producer of original anthropological videos and other digital content

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Michael Wesch
Ryan Klataske
Tom Woodward
Date Added:
08/16/2018
Anthropology Mini Lectures: A collective resource for online teaching in the time of COVID19
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This is a collection of mini lectures created by anthropologists and those in conversation with anthropology as supplimental material to assist college and university instructors who were made to shift their courses online because of COVID19.For more information, see here.To contribute, please create an OER author account and send your name and OER registered email to AnthropologyTeaching@gmail.com.

Subject:
Anthropology
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Author:
Zoe Wool
Brett Hill
Lauren Visconti
Geir Henning Presterudstuen
Laura Ogden
Jonathan Padwe
Sabra Thorner
Flosha Diliena Liyana Saran Arachchige Don
Heikki Wilenius
Jonathan Wald
Noah Theriault
Rosalyn Bold
Andrew Flachs
Emily Yates-Doerr
Rebecca Lester
Katrina Thompson
Emily Hammerl
Rose Wellman
Devin Proctor
Daniel Souleles
Kim de Rijke
Maira Hayat
Kate Fischer
Laura Story Johnson
Chloe Ahmann
Paige West
Date Added:
03/15/2020
Becoming Human: How Evolution Made Us
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Becoming Human is a fast-paced, irreverent introduction to evolutionary theory, especially human origins. The book is based on the Open2Study MOOC, 'Becoming Human,' created by Dr. Greg Downey and Open Universities Australia. The book discusses traces of evolution in our bodies, basic evolutionary theory from Darwin to the genomic revolution, sexual selection and reproduction, and how human brain development affects our evolution, including into the future. Copiously illustrated, with some interactive diagrams, videos of Dr. Downey presenting the material are also available through Open2Study.

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Enculture Press
Author:
Greg Downey
Date Added:
03/19/2015
The Birth of a Word
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MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language -- so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son's life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch "gaaaa" slowly turn into "water." Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn. Deb Roy studies how children learn language, and designs machines that learn to communicate in human-like ways. On sabbatical from MIT Media Lab, he's working with the AI company Bluefin Labs. A quiz, thought provoking question, and links for further study are provided to create a lesson around the 20-minute video. Educators may use the platform to easily "Flip" or create their own lesson for use with their students of any age or level.

Subject:
Early Childhood Development
Linguistics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
TED
Provider Set:
TED-Ed
Author:
Deb Roy
Date Added:
12/01/2012
Cafe Denj کافه دنج
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Café Denj is 14 episodes of short stories made for Advanced Persian Language Learners. The purpose of producing this series of videos that are all linked together was to help those who are learning modern Persian as well as offering a better understanding of the Persian culture as it is in Iran today.

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Languages
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Speaking and Listening
Linguistics
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Textbook
Author:
Anousha Shahsavari
Rosa Shahsavari
Date Added:
04/15/2020
Confucianism Explained
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This video explains the teachings of Confucius. Education is the path to moral excellence, which is central to building a harmonious society. Education is a lifelong process and the purpose of learning is to acquire virtues.

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Philosophy
Religious Studies
World Cultures
History
Ancient History
World History
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Lesson
Module
Unit of Study
Author:
Anupama Mande
Date Added:
07/09/2020
ElixirFM Online Interface
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This online interface processes MSA using four different modes. The 'Resolve' mode provides tokenization and morphological analysis of the inserted text while the 'Inflect' mode lets users inflect words into the forms required by context. The 'Derive' mode allows users to derive words of similar meaning but different grammatical category. The 'Lookup' mode can lookup lexical entries by the citation form and nests of entries by the root; it also allows users to search in the English translations.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Linguistics
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Otakar Smr_, Viktor Bielick_, Tim Buckwalter
Date Added:
10/14/2013
The Epic of Gilgamesh
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This video offers a summary and analysis of the main themes in the Epic of Gilgamesh. The world’s first recorded epic poem, from Mesopotamia, explores important questions: can humans defy aging and conquer death?

Subject:
Literature
World Cultures
Ancient History
World History
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Lesson
Module
Student Guide
Unit of Study
Author:
Anupama Mande
Date Added:
08/08/2020
Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology
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The first comprehensive, peer-reviewed open access textbook for biological anthropology courses. Produced with support from the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (a section of the American Anthropological Association) and a grant from Minnesota State. Available free of charge for use in any setting.

In February, 2020 ancillary materials will be published, including test banks, PowerPoint slides and study guides. If you (adopting faculty) develop any ancillary materials you would be willing to share as open access materials on this website, please contact us at: explorationstextbook@gmail.com

If you adopt part of all of this textbook, please let us know by filling out our Adoptions survey. This information will help us report back to our funding agencies and, ultimately, help us develop more high quality, open access educational materials.

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Author:
Team members of the Society for Anthropology in the Community Colleges (SACC)
Date Added:
01/14/2020
Immuto 3D Viewing Guide
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This virtual tour viewing guide from Island Reach Foundation introduces the multilayered themes of the documentary film "Immuto (change)" covering climate disruption, agroecology, indigenous authority, food sovereignty, culture brokering, and the challenges of building reciprocity across distance and difference.

Geographic locations include Vanuatu, Melanesia, Vietnam, Morocco, the EU, England, Scotland and the US.

The guide and video are designed as an animated way to introduce students and activists and remote communities to our biocultural entanglements and the need for collaborative ground between science and local ecological knowledges in order to change our common trajectory towards biological and cultural collapse. The materials pose challenging questions intended to be discussed and interrogated in the context of your frameworks and materials.

This material can also be worked into a variety of course topics and we are available to participate in a component workshop that could be brief or more involved. These materials are free under CC license

Subject:
Environmental Science
Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
World Cultures
Agriculture
Environmental Studies
Film and Music Production
Ecology
Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Political Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Module
Author:
Brooks McCutchen Ph.D.
Janis Steele Ph.D.
Date Added:
07/16/2020
An Introduction to Material Culture
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This unit is an introduction to the study of material culture. It asks why we should study things and outlines some basic approaches to studying objects.

Subject:
Anthropology
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Homework/Assignment
Lecture
Lecture Notes
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
03/23/2012
Introduction to Physical Anthropology
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A textbook for introductory physical or biological anthropology classes, designed for community college students in San Diego, California.
Topics include: intro to anthropology, intro to biology, paleontology/phylogeny, primatology, paleoanthropology, and human variation. The content mixes existing OER sources, popular summaries, a selection of journal articles, videos, and other media.
I am currently cleaning up graphics and old html code, improving accessibility issues, updating links, and filling gaps in content. I plan to format a printable version in the near future and work on more instructor resources. I welcome your feedback.

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Arnie Schoenberg
Date Added:
12/07/2016
Lang101 Workbook. Linguistics Exercises & Activities for Starters
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Lang101 Workbook offers 460 commented exercises and activities, designed for absolute beginners to the study of language or for anyone curious about (why) language matters. It features empirical observation of 20 typologically distinct languages, including English and other languages you’re familiar with. As a companion tool to our textbook The Language of Language, Part 1 of the workbook contains 360 exercises and activities corresponding to the textbook's 12 chapters (30 per chapter), and 100 synthesising cross-chapter exercises. Part 2 contains commented answers to all exercises. Topics include the nature of scientific investigation; the structure of words, sounds and sentences; typical vs. disordered uses of language; child language, language learning and language play, as well as politeness, persuasion and humour.

Subject:
Languages
Linguistics
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Full Course
Homework/Assignment
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Unit of Study
Author:
Madalena Cruz-Ferreira
Sunita Abraham
Date Added:
04/17/2020
The Language of Language. A Linguistics Course for Starters
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If you've ever wondered why we need concepts like noun and verb or word and phrase when discussing language, this book is for you. Deliberately selective in its approach and assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, The Language of Language explores the nature of language and linguists' agreed-upon ways of talking about the object of their inquiry. Our focus is on modes of thinking rather than content knowledge. Our goal is to encourage informed thinking about (why) language matters, so that you can continue puzzling about language issues long after you've worked your way through this book.Now in its third edition, the book is packed with over 100 commented activities, examples of language play, and fun food for thought, designed to whet your appetite for linguistics and language studies.The companion workbook, Lang101 Workbook, contains 460 additional commented exercises and activities, designed for self-study or for the classroom.

Subject:
Higher Education
Linguistics
Material Type:
Full Course
Module
Textbook
Author:
Madalena Cruz-Ferreira
Sunita Abraham
Date Added:
04/16/2020
Lenses of Vietnam: Protest in a Democracy [Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Unit Plan]
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This inquiry takes students through an analysis and evaluation of the Compelling Question “Is protest important in a democracy?” using the Vietnam War as a lens to approach the topic. To accomplish this, students will become more media literate through evaluating sources, biases, perspectives, and the goals of creating media. Throughout the inquiry, students will engage in activities designed to promote and develop media literacy while analzying the Compelling Question and learning about the historical protests of the Vietnam Era.This inquiry is expected to take two weeks (10 periods) to complete: one 45-minute class period to stage the question, introduce the inquiry, and to review media literacy; two 45-minute class periods for each of the three supporting questions; and then three 45-minute class periods for students to write and research their argumentative thesis. If students are as of yet less familiar with media literacy, the instructor should add at least another class period, or more, introducing them more fully to this.The full unit, along with all materials and resources, is available as a PDF attachment.

Subject:
History
U.S. History
World History
Social Science
Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Political Science
Sociology
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Activity/Lab
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Lesson Plan
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Reading
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Author:
Adam MacDonald
Date Added:
06/23/2020
Mendez v. Westminster Case
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The Mendez family won the landmark federal court case that challenged segregation in California schools. In 1947 California was the first state to officially end segregation in public schools. Today it is the most segregated state for Latinos.

Subject:
Elementary Education
History
U.S. History
World History
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Lesson
Module
Unit of Study
Author:
Anupama Mande
Date Added:
07/09/2020
Multilinguals are ...?
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Multilinguals, those of us who use more than one language in everyday life, are... gifted semilinguals who are dominant in no mother tongue, for example? Apparently so, judging by the ways people keep talking about them. This is the first book that discusses, in light-hearted lay terms, the reasons behind the beliefs and myths about multilinguals that allow you to fill the blank in its title with almost any label and get away with it. Drawing on solid academic research, the book provides keys to the origin and endurance of the many intriguing names that multilinguals have been called, starting with the master-key to them all. The conclusion is that any oddities assigned to multilinguals are due to the language that is used to talk about them, not to multilingual behaviour itself. The book is abundantly illustrated and includes many cartoons. It is written for the general public, families, teachers, policy-makers, clinicians, and anyone who ever wondered about multilingualism, but is targeted exclusively at multilingual or monolingual readers (of English).

Subject:
Languages
Linguistics
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Madalena Cruz-Ferreira
Date Added:
04/17/2020
Native Peoples of North America
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Native Peoples of North America is intended to be an introductory text about the Native peoples of North America (primarily the United States and Canada) presented from an anthropological perspective. As such, the text is organized around anthropological concepts such as language, kinship, marriage and family life, political and economic organization, food getting, spiritual and religious practices, and the arts. Prehistoric, historic and contemporary information is presented. Each chapter begins with an example from the oral tradition that reflects the theme of the chapter. The text includes suggested readings, videos, and classroom activities.

Subject:
Anthropology
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Activity/Lab
Textbook
Provider:
State University of New York
Provider Set:
OpenSUNY Textbooks
Author:
Susan Stebbins
Date Added:
10/23/2013
Plague Diaries: Firsthand Accounts of Epidemics, 430 B.C. to A.D. 1918
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A collection of nine excerpts from historical accounts of epidemics: two from ancient sources, one from the Black Death in 14th century Europe, one from the 1665 Plague of London, one from the late 18th century Yellow Fever outbreak in Philadelphia, two from smallpox epidemics on Native American reservations in the late 19th century, and two from the influenza pandemic of 1918.

All readings include a brief introduction to the historical context, a glossary, discussion questions, and sources. Discussion questions can be edited to support learning in various disciplines.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Religious Studies
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
History
Ancient History
U.S. History
World History
Anatomy/Physiology
Anthropology
Ethnic Studies
Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Author:
David Ulrich
Ryan Johnson
Tina Ulrich
Date Added:
05/12/2020
See How Much You Know About Immigration in the United States
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On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), take this quiz to test your knowledge of the trends and policies surrounding U.S. immigration.

Subject:
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Political Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
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Module
Author:
Council on Foreign Relations
Date Added:
07/31/2018
South Africa: The "gogo" (grandmother)
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This two minute and seven second video from Howard Hughes Medical Institute presents the plight of AIDS orphans. When parents die of AIDS, the orphans often go to live with a "gogo," the Zulu word for grandmother. This video is available in QuickTime and Windows Media formats and is featured on the 2007 Holiday Lecture Series DVD AIDS: Evolution of an Epidemic.This and other free infectious disease video are available at http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/disease/video.html.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Anthropology
Archaeology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Date Added:
05/30/2012
Stickleback Fossil Primer
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This nine minute video shows how stickleback fossils are collected and used to study evolution. It also shows the students who attended the 2005 Holiday Lectures taking part in a fossil-collecting activity. QuickTime 6 is required. This video is featured on the DVD Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads, available free from HHMI. This and all other evolution videos are located at: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/evolution/video.html

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Anthropology
Archaeology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Date Added:
04/02/2011
What Do We Know About the World? Rhetorical and Argumentative Perspectives
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What do we know about the world? Rhetorical and Argumentative Perspectives is a book trying to answer the title question by contributing to rhetorical and argumentative studies. It consists of papers presented at the “First International Conference on Rhetoric in Croatia: the Days of Ivo Škarić” in May, 2012, and subsequently revised for publication. Through a variety of different routs, the papers explore the role of rhetoric and argumentation in various types of public discourse and present interdisciplinary work connecting linguists, phoneticians, philosophers, law experts and communication scientists in the common ground of rhetoric and argumentation.. The Conference was organized with the intent of paying respect to the Croatian rhetorician and professor emeritus Ivo Škarić who was the first to introduce rhetoric at the Department of Phonetics at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.

Subject:
Communication
Linguistics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
University of Windsor
Date Added:
01/01/2013
eSkeletons
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This interactive site allows participants to learn about skeletal anatomy by viewing the bones of a human, chimpanzee, and baboon. The Comparative Anatomy section enables users to make direct comparisons of bones. The material is appropriate for science teacher education as it illustrates how careful observation leads one to wonder about the dizzying beauty of a planet that works by bringing us one different creature after another.

Subject:
Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
NSDL Staff
University of Texas at Austin
Provider Set:
Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Social Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dr. John Kappelman
University of Texas at Austin
Date Added:
07/12/2014
The voyages of Captain James Cook
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The expeditions of James Cook shaped Europe’s knowledge of the world, and had far-reaching consequences for the people of the lands they touched. Explore the stories, art and maps of the artists and scientists who were on board the ships. Our digital collection items include drawings by the Polynesian high priest and navigator Tupaia, who accompanied Cook to New Zealand and Australia.

You’ll also find modern-day responses to the expeditions from people of the communities Cook encountered, documented and learned from. These reflect the different perspectives that exist on the legacy of the voyages and their impact.

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest libraries. We hold over 13 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 57 million patents and 3 million sound recordings. Open to everyone, the Library also offers exhibitions, events and a Treasures Gallery that displays over 200 items, including The Lindisfarne Gospel, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook, Shakespeare’s First Folio, lyrics by The Beatles and the world’s earliest dated printed book, Diamond Sutra.

Subject:
World Cultures
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Provider:
British Library
Date Added:
08/08/2018