Career and Technical Education

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Basic Blueprint Reading
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This is an entry level blueprint reading book written for the first year welding student. The book will be used in the first term of a two year welding program to familiarize the student to sketching and reading blueprints.

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Introduces principles of welding fabrication drawings. Visualization of parts and projects, dimensioning and sketching are presented to develop the skills necessary to function in the fabrication and repair field and other related fields that require knowledge of prints.

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Welding
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OpenOregon
Author:
Ric Costin
Date Added:
06/12/2019
Beginning Excel
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This textbook was written for a community college introductory course in spreadsheets utilizing Microsoft Excel. While the figures shown utilize Excel 2016, the textbook was written to be applicable to other versions of Excel as well. The book introduces new users to the basics of spreadsheets and is appropriate for students in any major who have not used Excel before.

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Career and Technical Education
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Textbook
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OpenOregon
Author:
Barbara Lave
Diane Shingledecker
Julie Romey
Mary Schatz
Noreen Brown
Date Added:
01/01/2017
Building Maintenance & Construction: Tools and Maintenance Tasks
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Building Maintenance & Construction: Tools and Maintenance Tasks introduces and develops knowledge of basic building maintenance tools and materials, applied skills and techniques, industry health and safety standards, and preventive maintenance and troubleshooting practices required by employers for entry-level positions in the building trades and facilities maintenance fields.

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Career and Technical Education
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University of Hawaii
Author:
Clifford Rutherford
Date Added:
06/22/2018
Chemistry of Cooking
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People around the world are fascinated about the preparation of food for eating. There are countless cooking books, TV shows, celebrity chefs and kitchen gadgets that make cooking an enjoyable activity for everyone. The chemistry of cooking course seeks to understand the science behind our most popular meals by studying the behavior of atoms and molecules present in food. This book is intended to give students a basic understanding of the chemistry involved in cooking such as caramelization, Maillard reaction, acid-base reactions, catalysis, and fermentation. Students will be able to use chemistry language to describe the process of cooking, apply chemistry knowledge to solve questions related to food, and ultimately create their own recipes.

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Culinary Arts
Chemistry
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Textbook
Author:
Sorangel Rodriguez-Velazquez
Date Added:
01/01/2016
Criminal Law
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Criminal Law uses a two-step process to augment learning, called the applied approach. First, after building a strong foundation from scratch, Criminal Law introduces you to crimes and defenses that have been broken down into separate components. It is so much easier to memorize and comprehend the subject matter when it is simplified this way. However, becoming proficient in the law takes more than just memorization. You must be trained to take the laws you have studied and apply them to various fact patterns. Most students are expected to do this automatically, but application must be seen, experienced, and practiced before it comes naturally. Thus the second step of the applied approach is reviewing examples of the application of law to facts after dissecting and analyzing each legal concept. Some of the examples come from cases, and some are purely fictional. All the examples are memorable, even quirky, so they will stick in your mind and be available when you need them the most (like during an exam). After a few chapters, you will notice that you no longer obsess over an explanation that doesn’t completely make sense the first time you read it—you will just skip to the example. The examples clarify the principles for you, lightening the workload significantly.

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Criminal Justice
Law
General Law
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Textbook
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University of Minnesota
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University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing
Author:
Lisa Storm
Date Added:
01/01/2012
Delay Insentitive Circuits -- Structures, Semantics, and Strategies
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The design of concurrent distributed hardware systems is a major challenge for engineers today and is bound to escalate in the future, but engineering education continues to emphasize traditional tools of logic design that are just not up to the job. For engineers tackling realistic projects, improvised attempts at synchronization across multiple clock domains have long been a fact of life. Prone to hazards and metastability, these ad hoc interfaces could well be the least trustworthy aspects of a system, and typically also the least able to benefit from any readily familiar textbook techniques of analysis or verification.

Progress in the long run depends on a change of tactics. Instead of the customary but inevitably losing battle to describe complex systems in terms of their stepwise time evolution, taking their causal relationships and handshaking protocols as a starting point cuts to the chase by putting the emphasis where it belongs. This way of thinking may call for setting aside a hard earned legacy of practice and experience, but it leads ultimately to a more robust and scalable methodology.

Delay insensitive circuits rely on local coordination and control from the ground up. The most remarkable consequence of adhering to this course is that circuits can get useful things done without any clock distribution network whatsoever. Because a handshake acknowledgment concludes each interaction among primitive components and higher level subsystems alike, a clock pulse to mark them would be superfluous. This effect can bring a welcome relief to projects whose timing infrastructure would otherwise tend to create more problems than it solves.

The theory of delay insensitive circuits is not new but has not yet attracted much attention outside of its research community. At best ignored and at worst discouraged in standard curricula, this topic until now has been accessible only by navigating a sea of conference papers and journal articles, some of them paywalled. Popular misconceptions and differing conventions about terminology and notation have posed further barriers to entry. To address this need, this book presents a unified account of delay insensitive circuits from first principles to cutting edge concepts, subject only to an undergraduate-level understanding of discrete math. In an approachable tutorial format with numerous illustrations, exercises, and over three hundred references, it guides an engineering professional or advanced student towards proficiency in this extensive field.

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Computer Science
Engineering
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Dennis Furey
Date Added:
07/16/2019
The Delft Sand, Clay & Rock Cutting Model
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In dredging, trenching, (deep sea) mining, drilling, tunnel boring and many other applications, sand, clay or rock has to be excavated. This book gives an overview of cutting theories. It starts with a generic model, which is valid for all types of soil (sand, clay and rock) after which the specifics of dry sand, water saturated sand, clay, atmospheric rock and hyperbaric rock are covered. For each soil type small blade angles and large blade angles, resulting in a wedge in front of the blade, are discussed. For each case considered, the equations/model for the cutting forces, power and specific energy are given. The models are verified with laboratory research, mainly at the Delft University of Technology, but also with data from literature.

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Engineering
Maritime Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Sape A. Miedema
Date Added:
01/24/2019
Digital Foundations: Introduction to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Cloud, Revised Edition
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Digital Foundations uses formal exercises of the Bauhaus to teach the Adobe Creative Suite. All students of digital design and production—whether learning in a classroom or on their own—need to understand the basic principles of design in order to implement them using current software. Far too often design is left out of books that teach software for the trade and academic markets. Consequently, the design software training exercise is often a lost opportunity for visual learning. This revised edition updates the original text for use with Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 software.Order a print copy: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/digital-foundations-introduction-to-media-design-with-the-adobe-creative-cloud-revised-edition/24461332

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Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
Graphic Design
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Textbook
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OpenOregon
Author:
Michael Mandiberg
xtine burrough
Date Added:
10/28/2014
Digital Media (Course Files)
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This set of course materials includes lecture slides, activity files, images, quizzes, tests, review questions, and project assignments for Digital Media at Georgia Gwinnett College. The course uses open-source applications such as GIMP and InkScape.

Individual chapters are available for download due to the large file sizes. Web-based assignments to supplement these materials are located on the GGC Wiki: All Digital Media Assignments

Topics covered include:

Digital Images
Image Processing
Audio Processing
Video Processing
Creating Animation

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Film and Music Production
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Full Course
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Kairui Chen
Shuhua Chen
Date Added:
06/20/2018
Dredging Engineering: Special Topics
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In dredging, production estimating is carried out mainly with analytical physical models of the different dredging processes.
Slurry transport of settling slurries and cutting processes in sand, clay and rock are already covered in two other books by the author.
Other processes like hopper sedimentation and erosion, water jet fluidization, cutter head spillage, pump/pipeline dynamics and clamshell dredging are covered in this Special Topics Edition.
New topics may be added in the near future.

Subject:
Engineering
Maritime Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
S.A. Miedema
Date Added:
07/15/2019
Ethics in Law Enforcement
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In this book, you will examine the moral and ethical issues that exist within law enforcement. This book will also familiarize you with the basic history, principles, and theories of ethics. These concepts will then be applied to the major components of the criminal justice system: policing, the courts, and corrections. Discussion will focus on personal values, individual responsibility, decision making, discretion, and the structure of accountability. Specific topics covered will include core values, codes of conduct, ethical dilemmas, organizational consequences, liability, and the importance of critical thinking. By the end of this book, you will be able to distinguish and critically debate contemporary ethical issues in law enforcement.

Subject:
Criminal Justice
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Steve McCartney
Date Added:
03/24/2015
Exploring Movie Construction and Production
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Exploring Movie Construction and Production contains eight chapters of the major areas of film construction and production. The discussion covers theme, genre, narrative structure, character portrayal, story, plot, directing style, cinematography, and editing. Important terminology is defined and types of analysis are discussed and demonstrated. An extended example of how a movie description reflects the setting, narrative structure, or directing style is used throughout the book to illustrate building blocks of each theme. This approach to film instruction and analysis has proved beneficial to increasing students’ learning, while enhancing the creativity and critical thinking of the student.

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Film and Music Production
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Textbook
Provider:
State University of New York
Provider Set:
OpenSUNY Textbooks
Author:
John Reich
Date Added:
07/11/2017
Film Aesthetics (Open Course)
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This open set of course materials for Film Aesthetics is a downloadable version of a course created for a learning management system. Included are learning modules and a quiz bank based on introductory film concepts including the following topics: Narrative Structure and Motifs, Mise-en-Scene, Cinematography, Sound Design, Music, and Visual Effects.

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Film and Music Production
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Full Course
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Elizabeth Lathrop
Thomas Anderson
Date Added:
03/20/2018
Graphic Design and Print Production Fundamentals
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This textbook -- written by a group of select experts with a focus on different aspects of the design process, from creation to production -- addresses the many steps of creating and then producing physical, printed, or other imaged products that people interact with on a daily basis. It covers the concept that, while most modern graphic design is created on computers using design software, the ideas and concepts don’t stay on the computer. The ideas need to be completed in the computer software, then progress to an imaging (traditionally referred to as printing) process. Keywords are highlighted throughout and summarized in a Glossary at the end of the book, and each chapter includes exercises and suggested readings.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Graphic Design
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Date Added:
11/30/2015
Introduction to Criminal Investigation: Processes, Practices and Thinking
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Introduction to Criminal Investigation, Processes, Practices, and Thinking is a teaching text designed to assist the student in developing their own structured mental map of processes, practices, and thinking to conduct criminal investigations.

Delineating criminal investigation into operational descriptors of tactical-response and strategic response while using illustrations of task-skills and thinking-skills, the reader is guided into structured thinking practices. Using the graphic tools of a “Response Transition Matrix”, an “Investigative Funnel”, and the “STAIR Tool”, the reader is shown how to form their own mental map of investigative thinking that can later be articulated in support of forming their reasonable grounds to believe.

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Criminal Justice
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Darryl Plecas
Rod Gehl
Date Added:
12/02/2019
Introduction to Design Equity – Open Textbook
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Why do affluent, liberal, and design-rich cities like Minneapolis have some of the biggest racial disparities in the country? How can designers help to create more equitable communities? Introduction to Design Equity, an open access book for students and professionals, maps design processes and products against equity research to highlight the pitfalls and potentials of design as a tool for building social justice.

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Architecture and Design
Graphic Design
Sociology
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Full Course
Textbook
Author:
Kristine Miller
Date Added:
01/16/2019
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.

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Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Minnesota State Opendora
Author:
Tim Grebner
Date Added:
09/16/2019
Introduction to Permaculture
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Permaculture Design is a method of land planning that can be applied at scales from the home garden to city block to village to farm. It is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, indigenous technologies, and other time-tested practices to create sustainable human settlements and institutions. Although rooted in horticulture and agriculture, Permaculture design is interdisciplinary, touching on a wide range of subjects including regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, appropriate technology, architecture, social justice, and international development.

This open text book is derived from the content of the Massive Open Online Course “Intro to Permaculture”. The original course also included interactive mapping and design tools that accompanied this content. The course and book provide a general overview of the Permaculture design system. The book can be downloaded as a print version. However, there are many accompanying videos and content pages that are linked to throughout the text, so it is best viewed online where the links can be accessed.

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Agriculture
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Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Andrew Millison
Date Added:
06/29/2017
Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality in BC
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This textbook is an introduction to the tourism and hospitality industry in British Columbia, and is written with a first year college and university audience in mind. It is a collaborative work with input from educators, industry leaders, employers, and past graduates of BC’s tourism and hospitality management programs. All chapters have been reviewed by experts in the field. Each chapter is organized thematically moving from a global, then national, and finally provincial context. Chapters contain "Spotlight On" boxes that highlight an organization, business, or other key component and "Take a Closer Look" features that encourage further reading on particular subjects. Key terms, exercises and case studies can be found at the end of each chapter.

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Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Donna Owens
Don Webster
Eugene Thomlinson
Geoffrey Bird
Griff Tripp
Heather Knowles
Keith Henry
Kelly Glazer
Lynda Robinson
Micki McCartney
Morgan Westcott
Peter Briscoe
Ray Freeman
Rebecca Wilson-Mah
Terry Hood
Date Added:
01/01/2015
Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System
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This introductory textbook is unique because it was a collaborative effort by all Criminology and Criminal Justice professors at Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland, Oregon. This book can be used on a quarter or semester system, as well as cover topics that may get left out of some introductory texts such as controversial issues in the criminal justice system. Further, we made it as comprehensive as possible to cover core concepts and areas in the criminal justice system including theory, policing, courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system. Additionally, we created examples that will help make difficult concepts or ideas more relatable. Every section provides an overview of key terms, critical thinking questions for course engagement, assignments, and other ancillaries such as multimedia links, images, activity ideas, and more.

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Criminal Justice
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Alison S. Burke
Brian Fedorek
David Carter
Lore Rutz-Burri
Shanell Sanchez
Tiffany Morey
Date Added:
03/18/2019
Laboratory Manual for Semiconductor Devices: Theory and Application
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This is the companion laboratory manual to the OER text Semiconductor Devices: Theory and Application. Coverage begins at basic semiconductor devices (signal diodes, LEDs, Zeners, etc.) and proceeds through bipolar and field effect devices. Applications include rectifiers, clippers, clampers, AC to DC power supplies, small and large signal class A amplifiers, followers, class B amplifiers, ohmic region FET applications, etc.
Mirror site: http://www.dissidents.com/resources/LaboratoryManualForSemiconductorDevices.pdf

Subject:
Engineering
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Mohawk Valley Community College
Author:
James Fiore
Date Added:
02/01/2017
Manufacturing Processes 4-5
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This textbook provides an introduction to the important area of manufacturing processes. This text will explain the hows, whys, and whens of various machining operations, set-ups, and procedures. Throughout this text, you will learn how machine tools operate, and when to use one particular machine instead of another. It is organized for students who plan to enter the manufacturing technology field and for those who wish to develop the skills, techniques, and knowledge essential for advancement in this occupational cluster. The organization and contents of this text focus primarily on theory and practice.

Subject:
Manufacturing
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
LamNgeun Virasak
Date Added:
12/17/2018
Modern Pastry and Plated Dessert Techniques
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Modern Pastry and Plated Dessert Techniques is one of a series of Culinary Arts books developed to support the training of students and apprentices in British Columbia’s food service and hospitality industry. Although created with the Professional Cook and Baker programs in mind, these have been designed as a modular series, and there for can be used to support a wide variety of programs that offer training in food service skills.

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Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
BC Cook Articulation Committee
Date Added:
01/01/2015
Semiconductor Devices: Theory and Application
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This text covers the theory and application of discrete semiconductor devices including diodes, bipolar junction transistors, JFETs, MOSEFETs and IGBTs. It is appropriate for Associate and Bachelors degrees programs in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering and similar areas of study. Applications include rectifying, clipping, clamping, switching, small signal amplifiers and followers, and class A, B and D power amplifiers. A companion laboratory manual is available. The text is also available in Open Document Text (.odt) format.

Subject:
Engineering
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Dissidents
Author:
James M. Fiore
Date Added:
05/01/2017
Slurry Transport: Fundamentals, A Historical Overview & The Delft Head Loss & Limit Deposit Velocity Framework 2nd Edition
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In dredging, trenching, (deep sea) mining, drilling, tunnel boring and many other applications, sand, clay or rock has to be excavated.The book covers horizontal transport of settling slurries (Newtonian slurries). Non-settling (non-Newtonian) slurries are not covered.

Subject:
Engineering
Maritime Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Delft University of Technology
Provider Set:
Delft University OpenCourseWare
Author:
Sape A. Miedema
Date Added:
02/07/2019
Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition
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The Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition is designed for students in undergraduate, introductory soil science courses, and highlights the many aspects of soil science, including: soil genesis and classification, soil physical properties, soil-water interaction, soil biology, soil chemistry, and soil fertility. The lab manual includes 15 different laboratories, each one starting with an introduction and pre-lab assignment, followed by in-lab activities, and complimented by post-lab assignment. In-lab activities involve field trips, experiments, observation stations, or problem sets. Post-lab assignments include online quizzes, problem sets, or laboratory summary reports.

Subject:
Agriculture
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
New Prairie Press
Author:
Colby J. Moorberg
David J. Crouse
Date Added:
08/28/2017
Technical Project Management in Living and Geometric Order: A Practical Perspective
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Technical Project Management in Living and Geometric Order demonstrates that even the best-laid project plans can be undone by new technologies, financial upheavals, or resource scarcity, to name just a few disruptors. It encourages project managers to focus on learning throughout a project, with the understanding that what they learn could necessitate major changes in midstream. This adaptive, flexible, living-order approach is inspired by Lean in construction projects and Agile in software development. Technical Project Management in Living and Geometric Order explains how today’s projects unfold in dynamic environments in response to unexpected events. With its practical tips, detailed graphics, links to additional resources, and interviews with engineering professionals, it’s an accessible introduction to the living order for aspiring project managers.

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Architecture and Design
Computer Science
Engineering
Information Science
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
University of Wisconsin
Author:
Jeffrey Russell
John Nelson
Wayne Pferdehirt
Date Added:
10/27/2018
Tools for Podcasting
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Podcasting is a dynamic way to use your smarts and creativity to tell stories about compelling subjects. This handbook provides instruction and tools to produce your own podcast — whether you are a professional in journalism, the arts, sciences, business or law, an activist or just someone who has a story to tell. The tools discussed are focused on keeping costs low for entry-level podcasters and designed to help anyone who wants to record, edit and distribute podcasts.

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Film and Music Production
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
American University
Author:
Jill Olmsted
Date Added:
09/13/2019
Writing for Electronic Media
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People’s viewing habits are changing as they migrate to mobile sources, social media, and kitten videos. Television News is still a dominant #1 source, and radio is still the safest way to stay informed in your car.

Hopefully, you already have some journalism background. This book does not teach the who, what, when, where, why, and how of reporting; its goal is to teach how to present the journalism you already know via electronic media, primarily television.

Subject:
Communication
Journalism
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rebus Community
Author:
Brian Champagne
Brianna Bodily
Kiera Farimond
Date Added:
05/30/2019