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5 Tips for Using Note Cards During a Speech
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This video offers some advice on using notecards during the types of speeches often given in public speaking classes.

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Communication
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Lecture
Author:
Ryan Guy
Date Added:
06/02/2022
The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship
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Questions about access to scholarship go back farther than recent debates over subscription prices, rights, and electronic archives suggest. The great libraries of the past—from the fabled collection at Alexandria to the early public libraries of nineteenth-century America—stood as arguments for increasing access. In The Access Principle, John Willinsky describes the latest chapter in this ongoing story—online open access publishing by scholarly journals—and makes a case for open access as a public good.

A commitment to scholarly work, writes Willinsky, carries with it a responsibility to circulate that work as widely as possible: this is the access principle. In the digital age, that responsibility includes exploring new publishing technologies and economic models to improve access to scholarly work. Wide circulation adds value to published work; it is a significant aspect of its claim to be knowledge. The right to know and the right to be known are inextricably mixed. Open access, argues Willinsky, can benefit both a researcher-author working at the best-equipped lab at a leading research university and a teacher struggling to find resources in an impoverished high school.

Willinsky describes different types of access—the New England Journal of Medicine, for example, grants open access to issues six months after initial publication, and First Monday forgoes a print edition and makes its contents immediately accessible at no cost. He discusses the contradictions of copyright law, the reading of research, and the economic viability of open access. He also considers broader themes of public access to knowledge, human rights issues, lessons from publishing history, and "epistemological vanities." The debate over open access, writes Willinsky, raises crucial questions about the place of scholarly work in a larger world—and about the future of knowledge.

Subject:
Information Science
Communication
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
John Willinsky
Date Added:
10/27/2022
Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition – Open Textbook
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The goal of this accessibility toolkit, 2nd edition, is to provide resources for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open textbook—one that is free and accessible for all students. This is a collaboration between BCcampus, Camosun College, and CAPER-BC.

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Communication
Education
Educational Technology
Higher Education
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Full Course
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Amanda Coolidge
Josie Gray
Sue Doner
Tara Robertson
Date Added:
05/22/2019
Achieving Public Dialogue
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There are a wide range of interactions between 'science' and 'the public'. Examples range from visiting a museum, or indulging in a science-related hobby, to reading a newspaper article about a breakthrough in the techniques of therapeutic cloning. Many of these interactions could be said to be 'passive'. This unit explores the practicalities of the public becoming more 'active' in the direction of science practice by 'two-way' interactions, with dialogue taking place between science and some part of 'the public',

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Communication
Material Type:
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Syllabus
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
09/06/2007
Activity 2.3: Constructing the Argument
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In Activity 2.3, students make an argument from evidence to address the problem: "To what extent should we build or rebuild coastal communities?" Students work as a team to complete a graphic organizer. This task helps them organize an evidence-based position paper. Each student writes his or her own position paper.

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Communication
Composition and Rhetoric
Biology
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
James Ebert
Jeffrey D. Thomas
Scott Linneman
Date Added:
09/14/2022
Activity Illustrating Several Categories of Nonverbal Communication
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This is an activity to illustrate several categories of nonverbal communication, including eye contact, body orientation, territoriality, vocalics/paralanguage, touch, and chronemics.

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Communication
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Thaddeus Martin
Date Added:
11/25/2019
Adopt a Blob
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At the beginning of the course, each student is assigned a unique blob - or a piece of material of a particular shape with specific material properties (density, bulk modulus, composition, viscosity, volatile content, etc) that is residing within the mantle at a specific environment (depth, pressure, temperature). Then as the semester continues as a topic is covered the student must assess (either quantitatively or qualitatively) what observable would be associated with their blob (for example, gravity anomalies, geoid anomalies, surface expressions, seismic tomography, phase transition topography). The student then develops a portfolio of their blob and its observables to then present at the end of the course with an explanation/interpretation for the source of the blob culiminating at building a geo-story around their anomaly.

Some blobs could be amorphous anomalies whereas other could have physical significance (though best not to tell the students ahead of time so they can make their own discovery as to what the blob is or isn't) such as subducted slabs at the CMB (or 660 km), plumes, lithospheric drip, lithospheric root, or a boring typical piece of the mantle.

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Communication
Biology
Measurement and Data
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Catherine Cooper
Date Added:
03/02/2020
Advanced Public Speaking
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This advanced public speaking textbook is designed to encourage you as a speaker and to help you sharpen your skills. It is written to feel like you are sitting with a trusted mentor over coffee as you receive practical advice on speaking. Grow in confidence, unleash your personal power and find your unique style as you learn to take your speaking to the next level--polished and professional.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Arkansas
Author:
Lynn Meade
Date Added:
09/02/2021
Affirmative Case Construction -  Policy
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This video covers a basic method of setting up affirmative cases in competitive debates that use policy resolutions. This is a possible format for NPDA, IPDA, APDA, and NFA-LD debate.

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Communication
Material Type:
Lecture
Author:
Ryan Guy
Date Added:
02/03/2020
Altice USA- Digital Smarts Blog
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This resource is published by Altice USA. The Digital Smarts Blog resource is a weekly summary of articles related to digital safety including information on digital resources on media literacy, digital safety, misinformation, and other topics that parents and teachers need to stay abreast of. 

Subject:
Computer Science
Communication
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Cyber Citizenship Initiative
Date Added:
08/07/2021
Anatomy of a Creative Commons License
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Creative Commons licenses are kind of confusing. This set of infographics attempts to help clarify components of the Creative Commons licenses to help users select the appropriate license for their purposes.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Communication
Public Relations
General Law
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
Julie Walker
Date Added:
10/30/2021
The Anatomy of a Rate Law
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This assignment teaches geochemistry students to explain the mathematical forms of rate laws, and organize paragraphs in their writing assignments properly.

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Communication
Composition and Rhetoric
Biology
Measurement and Data
Statistics and Probability
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Barry Bickmore
Date Added:
08/10/2019
Anti-Racism
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This module offers a communication studies perspective on anti-racism.Students who complete this module will 1) Think about how we ought to talk about race. 2) Learn about the social construction of race. 3) Listen to conversations about race. 4) Take part in conversations about race.[Title page image description: White, stenciled letters against a black background that appears to be smeared with white paint read, "STOP RACISM."]

Subject:
Communication
Ethnic Studies
Sociology
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Jessica Hughes
Date Added:
07/28/2022
Assisting Nursing students in their development of empathy: a guide to fostering requisite skills for the art of empathetic communication
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This 7-week lesson plan is designed for use in clinical nursing courses. It is designed specifically for use by Nursing faculty teaching in the absence of state required patient facing clinical opportunity due to COVID restrictions. The lesson plan describes pedagogical techniques and provides video and education OER resources designed to help support the development of empathetic communication skills over 7 weeks. Refection and video debriefing techniques will be employed. Role play will culminate in the group presentation project of a brief video modeling effective therapeutic empathetic communication.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Communication
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
College of Staten Island
Author:
mee, susan
Date Added:
04/01/2021
Back to School Speed Dating, Advanced Low, ASL 301, Lab 01
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In this activity, students will have the opportunity to get to know each other and their lab assistant by sharing summer experiences in a casual setting. Students will share their preferences and express reasons for their preferences as well. Students will also practice describing vacations.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Amber Hoye
Sarra Foerster
Camille Daw
Mimi Fahnstrom
Date Added:
04/07/2020
Blogs
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In this assignment, students create a blog in Wordpress following instructions. Each week, each student will create a blog. Also, each week a couple of student blogs will be demonstrated in class and peer-reviewed using the assessment rubric included. After peer review, the instructor will re-examine the completed peer reviews in an attempt to provide calibration and give additional expert feedback. At this point, the student will receive both peer as well as instructor feedback and have the opportunity to resubmit the work prior to beginning the final project. This provides the opportunity for the student to earn a better grade as well as have a component of the final project prepared.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Bob Casper
DEVSHIKHA BOSE
Date Added:
05/13/2019
Book: Mass Communication, Media, and Culture
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Taken from the publisher: "According to the author, the world did not need another introductory text in mass communication. But the world did need another kind of introductory text in mass communication, and that is how Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication was birthed."

From LibreTexts

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
LibreTexts
Author:
Anonymous by request
Date Added:
04/28/2021
Born Digital, Born Accessible
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Michael Cantino from Northwest Regional Education Service District presents Creating Accessible Documents in the Microsoft and Google Suites.

Subject:
Computer Science
Communication
Education
Educational Technology
Special Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Lesson
Author:
Michael Cantino
Date Added:
06/10/2022
Brave New World - Connectivity
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The trifecta of globalization, urbanization and digitization have created new opportunities and challenges across our nation, cities, boroughs and urban centers. Cities are in a unique position at the center of commerce and technology becoming hubs for innovation and practical application of emerging technology. In this rapidly changing 24/7 digitized world, city governments worldwide are leveraging innovation and technology to become more effective, efficient, transparent and to be able to better plan for and anticipate the needs of its citizens, businesses and community organizations. This class will provide the framework for how cities and communities can become smarter and more accessible with technology and more connected.

Subject:
Engineering
Communication
Social Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Medgar Evers College
Author:
Binda, Rhonda S.
Date Added:
08/14/2020
Business Communication For Success
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Business Communication for Success 2021 edition provides the definitions for key words and concepts that include: Effective Business Communication, Delivering Your Message, Understanding Your Audience, Effective Business Writing, Writing Preparation, Revising and Presenting Your Writing, Informative Presentations, Recommendation Report, Business Writing Using Memos, Developing Business Presentations: The Outline and PowerPoints, Nonverbal and Verbal Speech Delivery Skills, Organization and Outlines Using APA Formatting, and Presentations to Inform (Teach).

Subject:
Business and Communication
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
George Grunfeld
Date Added:
04/22/2021
Business Communication for Success Textbook
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This book, made available by Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), is suited for Business Writing, Business English or Business Research/Report Writing courses. This adaptation has reformatted the original text, and replaced some images and figures to make the resulting whole compatible with accessibility software. The adaptation was also conducted in order to provide a greater level of Canadian context. This work was first released in 2019, with major revisions to improve accessibility and migrate to the Pressbooks platform in 2021.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Author:
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Date Added:
08/15/2019
Business English for Success
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Business English for Success is a creative solution to a common challenge across Business Communication courses: Business English or Business Presentations? Some classes place an equal emphasis on oral and written communication. If that's the case for you check out our text Business Communication for Success. If, however, your class places the emphasis squarely on written communication and writing proficiency, then Business English for Success is for you.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Provider Set:
Saylor Textbooks
Author:
Scott McLean
Date Added:
01/28/2013
Business and Professional Communication
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A study of communication theory as applied to business and organizational environments.Emphasis on development of effective communication skills for professional situations including team building, interviewing, public speaking, and accommodating diverse perspectives. 'Assessment levels: EN 101/101A, RD 120.Three hours lecture each week. 

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Samuel Oduyela
Date Added:
06/18/2017
C.A.T.C.H. Annotation = 3-step process to Critical Thinking!
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Students learn how to annotate texts through the process of C.A.T.C.H. Then, they will use their annotations to make meaning by inferring/interpreting and evaluating/making judgments. Through this 10 1/2 minute video instruction and three handouts students will learn and practice an easy to remember 3-step process to critical thinking that will make their learning visible and help them discover how and why they can make meaning out of everything they read, see, and hear. Now they will have ready answers for discussions, questions, essay-writing, and quizzes.

Subject:
Communication
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Laura Harris
Date Added:
11/25/2019
CLDV 100 Introduction to Multicultural Studies in the 21st Century
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A study of what "culture" is; how we see it based on several factors, how it influences the choices and decision we make; how to deal positively with conflicts that inevitably arise in working /living situations with people of diverse cultures. This is a course structured to raise multicultural awareness and fortify students' social skills in dealing with cultural differences. It includes ethnographic study of cultural groups in the U.S.A and responses to shared values, observations or experiences based on student's ancestry, heritage, travels. Students will learn about culture "do and donts" around the world and provide the class with their own culture shock experience and how they overcame them. Through the study of cultural concepts, this course develops skills in critical thinking, writing and scholarly documentation. This is an OER course.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Communication
U.S. History
Anthropology
Sociology
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
York College
Author:
Alapo, Oluremi "Remi"
Date Added:
07/01/2021
CMST& 220 CBE Public Speaking
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Public Speaking course from course from a competency-based business degree pilot. Must be logged into your institutional Canvas to access.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Alissa Sells
Date Added:
12/25/2021
COM 110: Digital Literacy
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Exploring new communication technologies and their impact on contemporary understandings of identity and community to discover what it means to inquire, to communicate, to collaborate, and to research online.

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Communication
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Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
School of Professional Studies
Author:
CUNY School of Professional Studies
Date Added:
04/01/2021
COM 210: Writing at Work
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An overview of professional workplace writing, including audience assessment, preparation for writing and research, design, editing, and collaborative writing. Models of effective writing and practice in preparing business correspondence, reports, instructions, proposals, presentations, and web content, development of competence in creating documents routinely required of professionals in organizations. Relevant for a wide variety of professions.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
School of Professional Studies
Author:
CUNY School of Professional Studies
Date Added:
04/01/2021
COMM001: Principles of Human Communication
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This course will introduce you to communication principles, common communication practices, and a selection of theories to better understand the communication transactions that you experience in your daily life. The principles and practices that you study in this course will provide the foundation for further study in communications.

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Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Saylor Academy
Date Added:
12/24/2021
COMM101: Public Speaking
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This course systematically examines the elements of an effective speech and goes through an element-by-element examination of the essentials of public speaking, while also identifying traits of the individual speaker and how they affect preparation and presentation. This course also demonstrates specific, performance-oriented aspects of public speaking. The themes of information and ethics tie these elements together and are emphasized in every part of the course because they are vitally important to all communicators.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Saylor Academy
Date Added:
12/25/2021
COMM10: Survey of Human Communication
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A textbook that merges chapters from Communication in the Real World and Public Speaking Project to create a Fundamentals of Oral Communication book.

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Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
LibreTexts
Author:
Elaine Lee
Date Added:
12/24/2021
COMM 326: Small Group Discussion Methods
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This book is best thought of as a map that introduces some of the essential element of small group communication. It begins with some foundational information necessary for understanding what makes groups groups. Briefly, it will provide conceptual and practice elements that help inform how we are to think about actually defining groups and teams. It moves from there to explore the idea of group formation, helping us better understand why people join groups and how they participate within that setting. The following chapters explore issues such as cooperation, power, group thinking, listening, and making decisions together. These constituent elements of small group communication help us think about the themes that them come in the next chapters–how we address issues that cause conflict and the role of leaders within these settings. In the last chapter, the impact of culture and diversity are explored, reminding us of the ever present reality that virtually any group is comprised of people with different experiences, worldviews, ideologies, perspectives, and approaches. Sometimes those differences are obvious; other times, it is only through deeper exploration of issues together that one discovers the rich differences that color our world.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
New Prairie Press
Author:
Timothy Shaffer
Date Added:
08/16/2021
CSDisseminate
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We are a group of volunteer CSD scientists and clinicians passionate about bridging the gap between scientific research and clinical practice.

While there are many ways to increase research access and awareness, our 2020–2021 goal centers squarely on self-archiving and "green" open access options.

WHY? Our field relies on high-quality, peer-reviewed research to support evidence-based practice. Yet, much of our work remains inaccessible to practitioners, researchers, and people in the community who are not affiliated with universities or national organizations.

By teaching CSD scientists how to self-archive, and providing them with the support needed to make it happen, we can empower our colleagues to make research accessibility the norm in our field. Because when free, legal versions of our field's best research is made available to the public, it can improve the sustainable value of all of our work.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Languages
Communication
Linguistics
Psychology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Elaine Kearney
Helen Long
James Borders
Mariam El Amin
Mary Alice Keller
Meredith Harold
Date Added:
02/08/2021
CURSO DE AGENTES MIRINS DISSEMINADORES DA CIDADANIA AMBIENTAL
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Produto Técnico do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Rede Nacional para o Ensino das Ciências Ambientais - Pólo Universidade Federal de Sergipe.

O curso de Agentes Mirins Disseminadores da Cidadania Ambiental é um instrumento para o ensino das ciências ambientais, que versa o envolvimento dos participantes na construção coletiva do processo de ensino-aprendizagem, unindo a teoria-prática acerca dos conhecimentos apreendidos que são pautados nas questões ambientais. O seu desígnio principal é fomentar a sensibilização dos sujeitos para a participação no contexto da sociedade, questionando atitudes, valores, além de propor novas práticas acerca da problemática ambiental.
Trata-se de instrumento educacional para o estimulo a reflexão crítica, bem como, fomentar nos sujeitos a atuação participante e protagonista das problemáticas que englobem ilimitadas realidades. Assim sendo, o público alvo abarca os estudantes e os membros da comunidade ribeirinha, compreendendo que os conteúdos trabalhados podem ser adaptados e desenvolvidos dentro de infinitas realidades de interesse local e global.
Nesse sentido, vislumbramos que os sujeitos ao participarem da construção do vídeo documentário e assistirem ao seu produto final – o vídeo documentário, cuja dedicação em pensar e articular cada etapa, fomente reflexões acerca do que foi trabalhado durante todo processo de construção, sendo assim, capazes de disseminar de forma potente a mensagem de sensibilização das problemáticas socioambientais que precisão ser sanadas no lugar onde vivem. Versará também, provocar impacto visual e emocional nos participantes, pois, na atualidade é comum, os meios de comunicação e as escolas na divulgação e nas análises dos problemas tragam diversas realidades em escalas distantes das vivenciadas no espaço social dos sujeitos, porém assistir a sua realidade fará com que os envolvidos se sintam parte do problema, e posteriormente partir em busca por soluções para sanar as problemáticas encontradas, aproximando aquele que fala daquele que assiste.

Vídeo Documentário construído durante o curso de Agentes Mirins Disseminadores da Cidadania Ambiental por alunos e alunas da Escola Municipal Barquinho Amarelo, localizada no povoado São Braz, Nossa Senhora do Socorro, Sergipe.

Duração: 08min30seg
Roteiro e Filmagem: Alunos e Alunas do 5º ano do ensino fundamental, 2017
Edição e Narração: Laysa da Hora Santos
Apoio Técnico: Thais Moura dos Santos e Jacqueline Bispo Santana
Ilustrações: Emanuella Santos de Carvalho

Subject:
Environmental Science
Communication
Educational Technology
Biology
Ecology
Material Type:
Interactive
Author:
Dra. Rosana Santos de Oliveira Batista
Laysa da Hora Santos
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Canvas Commons Interpersonal Communication Course
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Canvas Commons Interpersonal Communication Course

Com 112 Interpersonal Communication

Practical, theoretically grounded approaches to developing relational communication skills in a variety of contexts ranging from romantic relationships to friendships to on-the-job communication

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
William Andersen
Date Added:
03/15/2021
Careers and Resumes
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In this collection you will find all the resources shared originally at our Careers and Resumes workshop on March 10, 2021.  This includes videos, resume templates, Kahoot! game, and websites.  Topics include resumes, cover letters, job interviewing, job hunting, communication skills, and tips.  

Subject:
Communication
Finance
Career and Technical Education
English Language Arts
Economics
Material Type:
Game
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Linda Gallivan
Date Added:
04/13/2021
Cartography and Visualization
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Maps capture the power of place. A well-designed map can stoke our imagination, helping us to understand how a place looks or feels. Maps serve two roles. First, maps facilitate visual communication where knowns are presented to map readers. Second, maps permit visual thinking where insights into patterns and trends in spatial data are explored. In GEOG 486, Cartography & Visualization, you will learn and apply cartographic theory creating appropriately designed maps. You will learn how to associate the visual variables to symbolize types of spatial data. This process creates an appropriate visual hierarchy that conveys an informational hierarchy about the underlying message. Thus, techniques in map design will be applied to produce, evaluate, and critique reference and thematic maps.

Subject:
Applied Science
Information Science
Communication
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Author:
Cary Anderson
Date Added:
10/07/2019
Case Study 1: El Paso Smelter
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Compiled and modified for instructional use by: Kate Darby, Western Washington University
In 1887, Robert Towne built a metals smelter two and a half miles northwest of El Paso, Texas, across the river from Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and across the state border from several small towns in New Mexico. The smelter, which processed metal ore from regional mines, was quickly acquired by ASARCO (American Smelting and Refining Company) and became an important visual and economic institution in the region. In 1967, following the mantra of environmental regulation at the time—"the solution to pollution is dilution"—ASARCO erected what was then the tallest smokestack in the world: an 828-foot structure visible from much of the region. While the facility provided jobs to many in the region and produced metals important for a range of manufacturing and consumer products, by the 1970s, residents and scientists began to question the other products from the smelter—especially heavy metals pollution.

This case study includes discussion questions and data sources for further information.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
Communication
Agriculture
Environmental Studies
Biology
Measurement and Data
Statistics and Probability
Geology
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Author:
Kate Darby
Date Added:
04/22/2021
Case Study 2: The Salton Sea
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Compiled and modified for instructional use by: Lisa Phillips, Illinois State University, llphill@ilstu.edu
On September 10, 2012, several million southern California residents reacted with alarm to an unfamiliar noxious scent. The Air Quality Management District officials in the Los Angeles region were initially at a loss to determine the odor's source. Investigators from Ventura to Palm Springs looked for toxic spills, sewage plant leaks, and gas line breaks—all for naught.

The smell's origin was the Salton Sea more than 150 miles away and not usually upwind. The smell of an algal bloom and subsequent massive fish kill released odor molecules redolent with the stench of environmental decay.

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Statistics and Probability
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Geology
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Lisa Phillips
Date Added:
02/15/2021
Case Study 3: My Water Smells (and Tastes) Like Gasoline!
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This case study is an examination of the chemical and sensory impacts of a variety of environmental issues including sand mining, leaking underground gasoline storage tanks (LUSTs), and a railroad.

Wedron is a small, unincorporated town of approximately 100 residents in north central Illinois. A large sand mine has been in operation on the south and west sides of the town for many decades, and the mine property includes several abandoned and active pits, a processing plant, and a train car loading facility. Railroad tracks are located along the east side of town as is a grain elevator (storage and loading facility).

The following information was obtained from the US EPA web site about Wedron, personal visits to the town, and published news articles.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
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Environmental Studies
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Chemistry
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Author:
Michael Phillips
Date Added:
01/27/2021
Case Study: Zhouqu, China Landslide
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This is a 'citizen science' research project where students to apply their knowledge of landslide processes in an investigation of the natural and anthropogenic causes of a real-world landslide catastrophe. Students produce a 'magazine' article discussing the Zhouqu, China, August 8, 2010 landslide catastrophe.

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Subject:
Communication
Environmental Studies
Composition and Rhetoric
Biology
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Robin Humphreys
Date Added:
09/01/2020