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Attenuated Democracy: A Critical Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics
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The U.S. political system suffers from endemic design flaws and is notable for the way that a small subset of Americans—whose interests often don’t align with those of the vast majority of the population—wields disproportionate power. Absent organized and persistent action on the part of ordinary Americans, the system tends to serve the already powerful. That’s why this text is called Attenuated Democracy. To attenuate something is to make it weak or thin. Democracy in America has been thin from the beginning and continues to be so despite some notable progress in voting rights. As political scientists Benjamin Page and Martin Gilens wrote, “The essence of democracy is not just having reasonably satisfactory policies; the essence of democracy is popular control of government, with each citizen having an equal voice.” (1) Since this is likely to be your only college-level course on the American political system, it is important to point out the structural weaknesses of our system and the thin nature of our democracy. Whenever you get the chance—in the voting booth, in your job, perhaps if you hold elected office—I encourage you to do something about America’s attenuated democracy.

Subject:
Political Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Salt Lake Community College
Author:
David Hubert
Date Added:
09/29/2020
Image Manipulation for Graphic Artists
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Image Manipulation for Graphic Artists is an open source textbook formatted using Google Slides so that it can be embedded into the Canvas (digital) version of our own courses. You may post the slideshows as is or edit them to your liking. A PDF version of each slideshow can be downloaded via the embedded examples below. If you would like to download the Google Slides version of each slideshow for editing purposes you can do so here. The current version of this text is version 1.0. We are working to remove typos and to have the text peer reviewed. If you find typos or would like to help peer review please email opengraphicarts@gmail.com.

This text was developed for ART 1280 Photoshop Software at Salt Lake Community College. It is offered as a foundational skills-based Photoshop class for all Visual Art & Design students. It covers hundreds of learning objectives relating to image editing and manipulation for graphic artists. The goal of this course is to expose students to Photoshop’s breadth of possibilities and to ensure students have the knowledge and skillset necessary to properly prepare images for various output methods. Our programs are designed with one common foundational Photoshop course. Once a student completes this course he or she continues on to a program specific advanced Photoshop course that takes a deeper dive into the topics relating to a specific program (ex- photography, graphic design, multimedia).

Subject:
Graphic Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Salt Lake Community College
Provider Set:
Open Graphic Arts
Date Added:
09/20/2022
An Introduction to Geology
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This text is provided to you as an Open Educational Resource which you access online. It is designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to Geology at no or very nominal cost. It contains both written and graphic text material, intra-text links to other internal material which may aid in understanding topics and concepts, intra-text links to the appendices and glossary for tables and definitions of words, and extra-text links to videos and web material that clarifies and augments topics and concepts. Like any new or scientific subject, Geology has its own vocabulary for geological concepts. For you to converse effectively with this text and colleagues in this earth science course, you will use the language of geology, so comprehending these terms is important. Use the intra-text links to the Glossary and other related material freely to gain familiarity with this language.

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Salt Lake Community College
Author:
Cam Mosher
Chris Johnson
Matt Affolter
Paul Inkenbrand
Date Added:
10/19/2017
Math for Visual Arts
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Math for Visual Arts is a collection of open-source slideshows mostly written in a textbook format using Google Slides so that it can be embedded into the Canvas (digital) version of our own courses. You may post the slideshows as is or edit them to your liking. A PDF version of each slideshow can be downloaded.

Subject:
Visual Arts
Mathematics
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Salt Lake Community College
Provider Set:
Open Graphic Arts
Date Added:
09/20/2022
Open English @ SLCC
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Open English @ SLCC is an evolving digital book created and maintained by English Department faculty at Salt Lake Community College. It exists to provide our faculty–over one hundred full- and part-time instructors–with robust, flexible, and locally produced open educational resources (OER) that can be used for teaching a variety of courses across our composition sequence.

This book is evolving and adaptive, offering a range of texts on rhetoric, writing and reading, all written by SLCC faculty with specific attention to the needs of SLCC students and the local conditions of our work and study at a large, multi-campus, increasingly diverse community college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Unlike a traditional textbook, the writing in this book invites remix, adaptation, and repurposing to match the specific needs of its users–SLCC writing students and instructors primarily–but also faculty and students at other schools, course designers, WPAS, and anyone else interested in open texts about writing, language and literacy.

Open English @ SLCC is a community-authored, community-focused text, one that invites conversation, change, addition, and repurposing over time in the interests of attuning itself to the needs of those who use it. To this end the book invites public digital annotation through Hypothesis, allowing readers to add notes, questions, observations and resources directly to the texts. This ethos of shared knowledge, creative reuse, and ongoing conversation is at the heart of the Open English @ SLCC project.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Salt Lake Community College
Author:
SLCC English Department
Date Added:
11/25/2019
Risograph Printing
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Risograph printing is a type of digital printing that uses heat to burn an image into a master. When the image is burned into the master it creates an opening that functions as an image carrier. It works similarly to screen printing where liquid ink is pushed through a mesh, or in this case a master, in the shape of the image being printed. RISO printers print using spot colors made from soy inks which allows for fun color combinations, overprinting, printing bright colors on colored paper, and more. However, RISO inks never fully dry so it is important to consider how much ink is used in a design and how much time is allowed for drying between print runs. Our MF9450 prints two colors in one pass, but addiitonal color combinatons can be achieved by running multiple passes on press.

Subject:
Graphic Arts
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Salt Lake Community College
Provider Set:
Open Graphic Arts
Date Added:
09/20/2022
Technical Writing @ SLCC
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What is technical writing? You can think of it as writing about specialized topics or you could also think of it as using technology to communicate your ideas. A science lab report, a specification, a change order for building construction, or patient education materials–just to name a few–are all considered technical writing. Similarly if you design a webpage or a brochure this can also be considered technical writing. Academic writing, the writing you do for school, generally is informative or persuasive writing and usually only comes in a few different genres. In technical writing, on the other hand, one is often documenting what was done (such as a science experiment or auto repair invoice). Therefore the format of the writing is often as important as the content. This leads to an emphasis on usability and accessibility for your documents. Finally, although citing your sources is important in all writing, you will find that in some fields of technical writing, such as the sciences and engineering, it is one of the more important considerations of your writing.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Salt Lake Community College
Author:
Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies , Salt Lake City Community College
Date Added:
11/18/2021