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Building Academic Literacy
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While many study skills, composition and reading skills texts separate these activities into discrete skills to be learned separately, this books recognizes that these skills are interconnected. A student who struggles with the reading will have a hard time writing about it or discussing it. A student who has inadequate strategies for listening to lectures will struggle to see the connections between the lecture and the reading. Therefore, this book moves away from the “skills and drills” texts that are so common in reading and writing textbooks. Instead, this book features process and provides opportunities for students (and instructors) to think about the best ways to approach academic tasks. For example, a “skills and drills” oriented book might teach students how to take Cornell Notes and use graphic organizers, but it does not provide any information for students that would allow them to decide when it would be best to choose one note taking method over the other. This book’s main focus is helping students develop that sort of judgement.

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Higher Education
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Textbook
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Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Katie Klopfleisch
Loti-Beth Larsen
Date Added:
09/13/2019
College Writing Basics
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This is a resource to give to students about expectations for college writing, including links and resources for writing papers, emails, and more in an academic and professional manner.

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
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Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Amy Jo Swing
Date Added:
09/16/2019
Field Patrol Officer Guidebook To Calls for Service
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The basis for the development of this guidebook came about after a publisher had discontinued a text I had been using for a number of years in my patrol operations course. The text Police Officer’s Response Guide to Crimes/Incidents in Progress: by Nate Tanguay was designed for field patrol officers to have a reference book they could use in the field to assist then while on calls. Over the years I have had my students use this text and put in updated response concepts for call for service, as well as, specific state laws, paperwork requirements and other required duties for specific calls. With the discontinuation of the text, I made the determination to create my own guidebook with the updated response concepts that are being taught in law enforcement and reclassifying each call for service under the new National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) that the FBI will be implementing by 2021. With this project I was able to participate in Minnesota State Open Educational Resource (OER) Faculty Development to assist me in the development of this guidebook.

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Criminal Justice
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Textbook
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Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Ronald Schwint
Date Added:
11/30/2020
How to Learn Like a Pro Supplement: Additional Study Skills Activities
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This book is an accompaniment to the OER text How to Learn Like a Pro by Phyllis Nissila. I used this text in an English for Academic Purposes course at South Central College in Faribault, Minnesota. During this process, I developed a number of supplemental activities and have published those activities in this book. This book is intended to be used in coordination with How to Learn Like a Pro.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson
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Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Sarah Snider
Date Added:
11/24/2020
Improving Instructor-to-Student Interaction Guide
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The Improving Instructor-to-Student Interaction using D2L Brightspace Tools short course is designed to
allow participants to navigate through the course at their own pace. The course is online and
asynchronous. The course focuses on introducing and re-introducing the use of specific D2L Brightspace
features and tools (including Classlist, Email, Intelligent Agents, and private Discussions) to improve
instructor-to-student interactions in an online course.

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Education
Material Type:
Lesson
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Minnesota State Opendora
Date Added:
11/24/2020
Introduction to Electronics
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The advent of electronics has had a profound impact on our lives and impacted nearly every product that we use either directly or indirectly. Without electronics, present day computers, cell phones, stereos, televisions, and the internet would not be possible. And of course, without computers and modern communications tools, society could not have made the huge strides in fields such as medicine, aerospace technologies, meteorology, transportation, agriculture, education, and many others. It is for these reasons that the invention of the transistor is considered as one of the most important technological advancements in history.

Subject:
Electronic Technology
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Textbook
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Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Tim Grebner
Date Added:
09/16/2019
Introduction to Global Studies
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This textbook introduces students to the basic concepts, trends, perspectives and interconnections of global society. Through readings, discussions, videos, webcasts and other activities, students examine the interdependence of people around the world and global issues that affect these relationships. It will provide an overview of the history and theoretical approaches that have created a global society through topics such as global politics, human rights, the natural environment, population, disease, gender, information technology, war and peace. This is a required course for the Global Studies Emphasis.

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Social Science
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Textbook
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Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Lori-Beth Larsen
Date Added:
09/16/2019
Introduction to Global Studies
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This course introduces students to the basic concepts, trends, perspectives and interconnections of global society. Through readings, discussions, videos, webcasts and other activities, students examine the interdependence of people around the world and global issues that affect these relationships. It will provide an overview of the history and theoretical approaches that have created a global society through topics such as global politics, human rights, the natural environment, population, disease, gender, information technology, war and peace. This is a required course for the Global Studies Emphasis.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Lori-Beth Larsen
Date Added:
09/16/2019
Introduction to Humanities
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This course is an introductory survey of the genres and themes of the humanities. The material focuses on philosophy, religion, language, and the arts. As themes, the ideas of freedom, love, happiness, death, nature, and myth are be explored. Typically, a study of humanities looks at western philosophers, maybe a few of the world religions, a history of western music and western visual arts. This textbook begins to break down the barriers of limiting ourselves to learning primarily about western humanities. The question “What makes us human?” is answered by looking at many traditions.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Lori-Beth Larsen
Date Added:
08/22/2020
OpenStax Anatomy and Physiology Power Point Files
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This zipped folder contains 28 Power Point files that correspond to each of the chapters in the OpenStax Anatomy and Physiology textbook. These are meant to provide a starting point for presentation files related to an Anatomy and Physiology course. The design should be easily modified using the “design” tab in Microsoft Power Point. The end user should be able to quickly choose a template/color scheme that works for them. Additionally, the end user may want to add or remove text from each power point slide. This can easily be accomplished by simply editing the document. Most of the images used in the creation of these Power Points are taken directly from the OpenStax Anatomy and Physiology textbook. Supplemental images pulled from elsewhere include a small textbox with a link to the original work and the CC license terms.

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Marc Gucinski
Date Added:
11/30/2020
Out from the Shadows of Minneapolis: Power, Pride, and Perseverance at a Northern Community College
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Minneapolis College, the most selected higher education destination of students from all Minneapolis Public High Schools, is located downtown, nestled between the hustle of Hennepin Avenue and the green spaces of Loring Park. As a part of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities, Minneapolis College most serves those students who are least likely to go to college. With three-quarters of the student body composed of those underrepresented in higher education, the hallways are filled with recent immigrants, those seeking to learn English, members of communities with the highest unemployment and incarceration rates in the state, veterans, those of low socioeconomic status, seekers of diversity, and those who wish to serve them. Collected here are their stories, stories of overcoming, coming up, perseverance, pride, and power in the face of depressed opportunity and systemic oppression.

Subject:
Higher Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Alison Bergblom
Jay Williams
Date Added:
03/21/2019
Professional Fluency: Tools and Tips for Classroom Work
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This document was prepared by the Professionalism Rubric Task Force in support of the 2016-2020 Master Academic Planning Goal #2: Professional Fluency at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota. It contains a rubric on professionalism, teaching strategies for the four aspects of professionalism on which the rubric is focused (Written and Oral Communication, Timeliness, Respect, and Taking Personal Responsibility), and appendices.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Kelli Hallsten-Erickson
Date Added:
09/19/2019
Professional Fluency: Tools and Tips for Online Work
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This document is an adaptation for online coursework of an original document prepared by the Professionalism Rubric Task Force in support of the 2016-2020 Master Academic Planning Goal #2: Professional Fluency at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota. It contains a rubric on professionalism, teaching strategies for the four aspects of professionalism on which the rubric is focused (Written and Oral Communication, Timeliness, Respect, and Taking Personal Responsibility), and appendices.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Amy Swing
Kelli Hallsten-Erickson
Date Added:
09/19/2019
Single Variable Calculus: An Introduction to Integration
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Single Variable Calculus: An Introduction to Integration is a free and open textbook and is a great introduction to integration for students who have already taken courses in differential calculus. The book explains Calculus II concepts adequately, comprehensively, and concisely, and its topics are reflective of the content areas in other published Calculus textbooks. Problems in the textbook do not only test computational skills, but are also applicable and related to real-life problems and areas that students are interested in. The text gives an adequate picture of Calculus II – Integral Calculus and prepares students for other disciplines like Engineering and Physics, as well as higher-level Mathematics courses.

Subject:
Calculus
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Delia D. Samuel
Date Added:
11/30/2020
Why Writing Works: Disciplinary Approaches to Composing Texts
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Why Writing Works: Disciplinary Approaches to Composing Texts is an open-access, online textbook resource for college writing. It is written for an audience of second-year college students with a focus on writing in the disciplines.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Amanda Bemer
Lisa Lucas
Lori Baker
Neil Smith
Date Added:
09/19/2019
Words of Wisdom: an Intro to Philosophy
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Words of Wisdom can come from anyone. In this text we discuss topics ranging from "Are Humans good by nature?" to "Is there a God?" to "Do I have the right to my own opinion?" Philosophy is the study of wisdom, and can emerge in our conversations in social media, in school, around the family dinner table, and even in the car. The text uses materials that are 2,500 years old, and materials that were in the news this year. Wise people come in all shapes and types, and from every culture on earth. We have poetry and folktales, sacred writings and letters. Dialogues and interviews, news columns, Ted Talks, You Tube recordings and even comedy are all a part of the content in this text.You will be most successful reading this on line.

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Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Jody Ondich
Date Added:
11/01/2018
Writing-as-thinking: Topic Sentences
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The goal of this exercise is to leverage the interdependent between writing and thinking and, ultimately, to show your students how writing is, in fact, thinking. More precisely, the goal is for students to create their own, original and arguable thought in the form of a topic sentence. Coming up with your own, arguable thought is hard, and often we expect such thoughts to somehow spring magically from our brains. However, the easiest way to start this process is to start with what someone else has written.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Minnesota State Opendora
Date Added:
11/24/2020
You, Writing! A Guide to College Composition
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This text is meant to be used in any first year College Composition class or as a general guide to college writing. The book focuses on writing as a process, not a product. The goal is to help students discover their own writing process, trying out different methods and strategies to find what works best for them.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Alexandra Glynn
Amy Jo Swing
Kelli Hallsten-Erickson
Date Added:
09/11/2019