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Perspectives of Aquatic Toxicology

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"Perspectives of Aquatic Toxicology" is a Wikibook created in Aquatic Toxicology course (A ECL 444/544X / TOX 444/544X) taught by Dr Boris Jovanovic at Iowa State University in Spring 2019. This course adopted open pedagogy practices that included the integration of a renewable assignment whereby students contributed to the creation of this Wikibook. The topics covered in this edition (2019) include: Aquatic Toxicity Tests, Bio-transformations of Xenobiotics, and Micro-plastic Pollution in the Aquatic Environment. Future students taking the Aquatic Toxicology course will contribute to this collective work and help increase the coverage of the topics related to the interaction between anthropogenic chemicals and aquatic ecosystems.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Colin Wong, Niranjana Krishnan, Rachel M. Sorensen

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.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Colby J. Moorberg, David J. Crouse

Crop Genetics

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Short Description: This book provides an introduction to the genetic concepts of reproductive systems, recombination, mutation, segregation and linkage analysis, inbreeding, quantitative inheritance, fertility regulation, population genetics and polyploidy. Long Description: This book provides an introduction to the genetic concepts of reproductive systems, recombination, mutation, segregation and linkage analysis, inbreeding, quantitative inheritance, fertility regulation, population genetics and polyploidy. Word Count: 61452 (Note: This resource's metadata has been created automatically by reformatting and/or combining the information that the author initially provided as part of a bulk import process.)

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Arden Campbell, Deborah Muenchrath, Jode Edwards, Kendall Lamkey, Kendra Meade, Laura Merrick, Shui-zhang Fei, Walter Suza

Molecular Plant Breeding

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Short Description: This book focuses on genomics and plant biotechnology approaches used in plant breeding, the analysis of genomic data, and their application in quality control measures. The application of alternative genomic technologies to enhance conventional breeding strategies is also presented. Long Description: This book focuses on genomics and plant biotechnology approaches used in plant breeding, the analysis of genomic data, and their application in quality control measures. The application of alternative genomic technologies to enhance conventional breeding strategies is also presented. Word Count: 78625 (Note: This resource's metadata has been created automatically by reformatting and/or combining the information that the author initially provided as part of a bulk import process.)

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Kendall Lamkey, Laura Merrick, Madan Bhattacharyya, Thomas Lübberstedt, Ursula Frei, Walter Suza, William Beavis

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.

Material Type: Full Course, Textbook

Author: Kristine Miller

Tutorials of Visual Graphic Communication Programs for Interior Design

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This OER course is for the beginning level of both architecture and interior design students who learn computer graphic communication software. The author developed multiple tutorials to teach three computer graphic applications, AutoCAD, Revit, and Enscape. AutoCAD is an essential computer drafting software which is 2D drawing software. Revit is a Building Information Modeling software, which is 3D based modeling software. Lastly, Enscape is a real-time rendering, animation, and virtual reality plug-in for users' 4D experiences.

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Lecture Notes, Reading, Textbook

Author: Yongyeon Cho

Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning

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Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of Art. Authored by four USG faculty members with advance degrees in the arts, this textbooks offers up-to-date original scholarship. It includes over 400 high-quality images illustrating the history of art, its technical applications, and its many uses. Combining the best elements of both a traditional textbook and a reader, it introduces such issues in art as its meaning and purpose; its meaning and purpose; its structure, material, and form; and its diverse effects on our lives. Its digital nature allows students to follow links to applicable sources and videos, expanding the students’ educational experiences beyond the textbook. Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning provides a new and free alternative to traditional textbooks, making it an invaluable resource in our modern age of technology and advancement.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Jeffery LeMieux, Pamela Sachant, Peggy Blood, Rita Tekippe

Beginning Korean. Activity Book 1

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The Korean Activity Book 1 is designed to provide various useful materials for practicing Korean. This book is ideal for learners at the Novice Low to Novice High levels who want to practice writing and pronouncing hangeul, communicate in Korean by creating sentences using basic grammar and vocabulary, and understand and create simple conversations that are useful in everyday conversations. The Korean Activity Book 1 is not a textbook, so it does not include lengthy explanations on grammar or vocabulary. However, it includes a lot of resources of natural conversations and useful vocabularies that are commonly used in contemporary Korean. It also includes useful tips to clarify confusing structures and words & expressions to novice level learners.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Jeehae Yoo, Joung-A Park, Sang-Seok Yoon

Languages for Professions: Global Professionals

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Iowa State University's Languages and Cultures for the Professions (LCP) program allows students to pursue a professional track degree—in the College of Business, the College of Agriculture, or the College of Engineering—while at the same time pursuing a second major in their chosen language in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (within the Department of World Languages and Cultures). But, it’s not just a language that students enrolled in this program are learning. LCP students are gaining the skills to be successful cultural entrepreneurs; they are not only able to communicate in a second language, but they become culturally competent and develop the skills to succeed in multicultural and multilingual professional settings. In this video, LCP graduates and current students share what it means to them to be culturally competent global professionals.

Material Type: Case Study

Authors: Iowa State University, Megan Myers

Languages for Professions: University Experiences

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Iowa State University's Languages and Cultures for the Professions (LCP) program allows students to pursue a professional track degree—in the College of Business, the College of Agriculture, or the College of Engineering—while at the same time pursuing a second major in their chosen language in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (within the Department of World Languages and Cultures). But, it’s not just a language that students enrolled in this program are learning. LCP students are gaining the skills to be successful cultural entrepreneurs; they are not only able to communicate in a second language, but they become culturally competent and develop the skills to succeed in multicultural and multilingual professional settings. In this video, LCP graduates and students discuss experiences that helped them to feel confident in multilingual professional settings.

Material Type: Case Study

Authors: Iowa State University, Megan Myers

Languages for Professions: In the Workplace

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Iowa State University's Languages and Cultures for the Professions (LCP) program allows students to pursue a professional track degree—in the College of Business, the College of Agriculture, or the College of Engineering—while at the same time pursuing a second major in their chosen language in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (within the Department of World Languages and Cultures). But, it’s not just a language that students enrolled in this program are learning. LCP students are gaining the skills to be successful cultural entrepreneurs; they are not only able to communicate in a second language, but they become culturally competent and develop the skills to succeed in multicultural and multilingual professional settings. In this video, global professionals share about their current positions and workplace culture.

Material Type: Case Study

Authors: Iowa State University, Megan Myers

Oral Communication for Non-Native Speakers of English

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Short Description: This textbook includes materials on listening, speaking, lexicogrammar, pragmatics, and pronunciation. Long Description: This textbook includes materials on listening, speaking, lexicogrammar, pragmatics, and pronunciation. Word Count: 10362 (Note: This resource's metadata has been created automatically by reformatting and/or combining the information that the author initially provided as part of a bulk import process.)

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Elena Cotos, Lily Compton, Monica Ghosh, Timothy Kochem

Salón de Clase: Intermediate Spanish for Education Professionals

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Salón de clase, Intermediate Spanish for Education Professionals is a comprehensive intermediate Spanish open access textbook with reading, listening, speaking, and writing practice for students who have an interest and/or intend to pursue a career in the field of Education (teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, social workers, support staff members, paraprofessionals, among others). This Open Education Resource (OER) aims to explore the role of Spanish language and Spanish speakers in the American education system, as well as to improve student communicative abilities in Spanish. Salón de clase integrates interactive activities (h5p), video interviews with Spanish speakers to present authentic materials, and topics related to education. Grammar is not presented as a standalone topic, but it is seemly integrated into all parts of this book. For more details go to: https://salondeclase.sites.uiowa.edu/

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Fernando Castro Ortiz, Giovanni Zimotti

Elementary Swahili

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This is an online Swahili course for beginners that is proficient-based built to improve listening, speaking, writing and reading skills. This course uses authentic video that helps to understand the culture of Swahili speaking countries in Eastern Africa. Students will acquire basic skills for beginning level of studying Swahili as a foreign language such as greeting, shopping, transportation, food, and family. You will have an opportunity to listen and practice speaking the language at your own pace. You may need to follow up with and instructor near you for any help. The course DOES NOT count toward any college credits but enable students and teachers of Swahili as a foreign language to use it as additional material to what they are learning in their classrooms.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Beatrice Mkenda

Let’s Listen: Authentic Russian Audio & Interactive Exercises

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Let's Listen is a free interactive online resource designed to provide Russian language learners with an opportunity to listen to authentic audio recorded by young people in Russia. The resource provides a series of interactive tasks for each audio file: vocabulary lists, questions, fill-in-the-blanks, and translation. The target audience for the Let’s Listen interactive book are learners with at least intermediate level of Russian.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Anna Kolesnikova

Piacere!: Elementary Italian at The University of Iowa

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Piacere! is an elementary Italian open-access textbook authorized by the Italian faculty of The University of Iowa. A comprehensive and flexible e-textbook, this Open Education Resource aims to support students’ acquisition of the grammar and vocabulary that ensure meaningful communication as well as to enhance students’ familiarity with Italian culture. Piacere! is divided into twenty-one units, which revolve around a specific theme, in order to facilitate a comprehensive learning and use of the language. Units include the following components: grammar, vocabulary, conversations, and readings. While in its organization the textbook is meant to offer the students with a flexible and approachable individual study experience, each component may be easily translated into classroom activities.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Claudia Sartini-Rideout, Irene Lottini, Lucia Gemmani

Open Music Theory

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Open Music Theory is an open-source, interactive, online “text”book for college-level music theory courses. This textbook is meant to support active student engagement with music in the theory classroom. That means that this text is meant to take a back seat to student music making (and breaking). It is not the center of the course. The three original authors use this textbook in the context of “inverted” or “flipped” courses, often following an inquiry-based model. As a result, most of the pages in this textbook do not read like a typical twentieth-century textbook. They are somewhere in between prosy lecture notes and reference material, with minimal graphical or audio examples. Also, unlike many resources for “flipped” classes, there are few resources in this textbook where the core information is presented in video. We made these decisions consciously, so that this would not simply be a multimedia, web-based version of an industrial-era textbook. Rather, we wanted to create a textbook that could serve as a quick reference in the context of active musical engagement.

Material Type: Full Course, Textbook

Authors: Brian Moseley, Bryn Hughes, Kris Shaffer