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Where Does Art Come From? book cover

Where Does Art Come From?

CC BY (Attribution)   English

Author(s): Leah McCurdy

Subject(s): History of art

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

Last updated: 14/06/2024

Contributors to this open textbook offer relatable descriptions, details, and contexts of artworks from around the world, which have often been relegated to the peripheries of art and social history. Art traditions from Africa, Oceania, South and Southeast Asia, Islamicate regions, East Asia, and the indigenous Americas (before colonization) are prioritized to challenge the long-held view that “real art” only comes from the West. Introductory discussions of the history of art history and geographic conventions set the stage for considering the larger question, “where does art come from,” and other questions such as, “why haven’t I heard much about art from Africa, Oceania, etc.?” This book takes a pluralistic approach, forefronting diversity and interconnectedness. Scholars and students collaborated to produce this book. Student contributions will continue to improve the text and interactivity as it evolves. A scavenger hunt of student-made “easter eggs” builds a thread of engagement and humor throughout the book. Make sure to find them all! 

Español práctico: introducción al estudio de la lengua española book cover

Español práctico: introducción al estudio de la lengua española

CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial)   Spanish

Author(s): Jinny K. Choi, A. Raymond Elliott, Sonia Kania

Editor(s): Sonia Kania

Subject(s): Lenguaje y lingüística

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

Last updated: 05/06/2024

Hoy en día el español es una lengua global que cuenta con unos 500 millones de hablantes nativos. Español práctico: introducción al estudio de la lengua española es un Recurso Educativo Abierto (REA) que explora la historia, la estructura y la diversidad de esta lengua global. El libro provee al alumno una introducción al estudio del español como sistema lingüístico e incluye temas como el desarrollo del español como lengua global, los sonidos y la ortografía de la lengua, la estructura de las palabras y las oraciones, la variación y el contacto de lenguas. El libro sirve de puente entre los cursos de lengua y los cursos avanzados de lingüística, sin abrumar al estudiante con todos los detalles científicos de la disciplina. A lo largo de los seis capítulos, se mantiene una finalidad didáctica práctica: se presenta la información de manera interactiva y se le invita al estudiante a aplicar sus conocimientos lingüísticos a contextos específicos, por ejemplo, en el uso del español en diversas profesiones, niveles sociales, regiones dialectales, etc.

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Introduction to Archaeology: A Workbook

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)   English

Author(s): Ashley Lemke

Subject(s): Archaeology, Anthropology

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

Last updated: 21/05/2024

Introduction to Archaeology: A Workbook, is designed to assist professors, instructors, and students in introductory level archaeology courses. This workbook provides students with review materials and additional aspects to consider, to reinforce what is learned in the classroom lectures and through other materials. The workbook is organized by topics and chapters include questions, activities, and materials that reflect on archaeology and introduce students to this exciting and important field of discovery!

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Teamwork: An Open Access Practical Guide

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Author(s): Andrew M. Clark, Lolin Martins-Crane, Mengqi Zhan, Justin Dellinger T.

Editor(s): Andrew M. Clark, Justin Dellinger T.

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

Last updated: 29/04/2024

One of the things that faculty often hear from students is that they dislike working in teams. However, employers stress that teamwork is an essential skill for the workforce and want applicants that can apply the knowledge and skills gained through their experiences to their new career. The goal of this guide is to provide students with tools to help them understand what a team is, the different roles that comprise a team and how they fit into them, managing the teamwork process, and how to effectively market teamwork skills to their future employers. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned and evaluate themselves and their team. Employer testimonials are included so students can hear from professionals in different disciplines about what teamwork looks like and how it applies to their occupation.


Producción de Noticias Televisivas en Español en Estados Unidos de América book cover

Producción de Noticias Televisivas en Español en Estados Unidos de América

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Author(s): Julián Rodríguez

Subject(s): Producción televisiva: conocimientos básicos y técnicos

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

Last updated: 30/09/2023

Producción de Noticias Televisivas en Español en Estados Unidos de América es el primer Recurso Educativo Abierto (REA) dedicado exclusivamente al tema. Este REA expone la terminología empleada en las salas de redacción, facilita el entendimiento de la profesión y presenta ejemplos reales que conllevan al mejoramiento de la educación y la producción de noticias televisivas estadounidenses.
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Introduction to Social Work: A Look Across the Profession

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Author(s): James Langford, LCSW, Craig Keaton, PhD, LMSW

Editor(s): Regina T. Praetorius, PhD, LMSW-AP, Jessica R. Williams, PhD, MSW, Emily E. Clarke, BSW

Subject(s): Social work

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

Last updated: 04/08/2023

In this book, information on the various aspects of social work is presented in short, easy to ready chapters. Chapters focus on the profession’s dynamic history of advancing human rights and social change along with the ways we work today to continue those advances. Among some of the topics covered are social work in healthcare, social workers’ roles in mental health and how we promote the dignity and worth of all persons. If you are interested in a fulfilling career helping others in which you won’t be limited, read more!

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Human Anatomy Lab Manual

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Author(s): Malgosia Wilk-Blaszczak

Editor(s): Malgosia Wilk-Blaszczak, Kevin Alford

Subject(s): Anatomy

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

Last updated: 27/07/2023

This is a lab manual for a college-level human anatomy course. Mastery of anatomy requires a fair amount of memorization and recall skills. The activities in this manual encourage students to engage with new vocabulary in many ways, including grouping key terms, matching terms to structures, recalling definitions, and written exercises. Most of the activities in this manual utilize anatomical models, and several dissections of animal tissues and histological examinations are also included. Each unit includes both pre- and post-lab questions and six lab exercises designed for a classroom where students move from station to station. The vocabulary terms used in each unit are listed at the end of the manual and serve as a checklist for practicals.
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No Limits

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Author(s): University of Texas at Arlington

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

Last updated: 29/06/2023

Student Success and First Year Experience are learning community courses at UTA that teach new students academic success skills to aid their transition to college. The goal of the courses is to help students identify their individual needs, determine what resources are appropriate, recognize the faculty role in their development, and formulate a plan for an actively engaged and enriched experience from campus to career. The courses will be taught by Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) and faculty, staff and/or graduate students to provide guidance, raise awareness and understanding of students' majors and help support collaborative and co-curricular opportunities available within the School/College. This open educational resource is the required textbook for both courses.
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Strategies for Success in Nursing School: From Start to Finish

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Author(s): Leslie Jennings, RN, RaeAnna Jeffers, Laura Haygood, Craig Keaton

Subject(s): Nursing

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

Last updated: 29/06/2023

This textbook was created for nursing intended students to provide a single resource for the most fundamental tools for success. The chapters and activities provide keys for success both inside and outside of the classroom, starting with time management and moving through study and test taking strategies. Self-care is a focus to help students identify how to care for their best self, which will carry on through the nursing profession to avoid burn out. Using the library is foundational for students to be successful with their coursework and evidence based practice in the future. Finally, there is a section on career planning to help guide a student into critical steps to start their journey to becoming a nurse.
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The Little Orange Book

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Author(s): The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Editor(s): Art Brownlow, Beth Brunk-Chavez, Weston Rose

Subject(s): Education

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

Last updated: 29/06/2023

Teaching is a powerful profession. Whether you teach workshop-style classes of twenty-five students or convene your class in lecture halls with five hundred or more students, whether you teach first-year students or doctoral ones, your influence is profound. You are the representative of and the gateway into your discipline, and it is up to you to ensure students learn what they need to know to move on to the next level. But more than that, you have the potential to change students’ lives – to encourage them to think openly and strategically about the world around them, to help them communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences, and to help them contribute to the disciplinary, public and personal communities to which they currently belong and the ones to which they aspire to belong someday. But that potential, that power, that responsibility can be overshadowed by day-to-day uncertainties about how to be an effective teacher. Where can you turn to get advice or practical suggestions from experts? The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Excellent Teaching is modeled after Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf. The vignettes and commentaries included here were written by the members of the University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. This honorific group represents the most accomplished and renowned teachers from the entire University of Texas System. The UT System has eight academic campuses and over 200,000 students. Each campus has some shade of orange as its chosen school color, inspiring the title of this volume, but the pieces are intended to be relevant well beyond the Lone Star State. The Little Orange Book contains short essays focused on the practical fundamentals of great teaching, revealing best strategies in and out of the classroom, no matter what the discipline or level of instruction. The topics range from simple but important tips such as remembering students’ names and creating a safe zone within the classroom to more advanced considerations such as determining when to use groups and drawing concepts for better understanding. There are also motivational pieces that focus on inspiring curiosity and introducing students to the tantalizing secrets of your discipline. Intermixed with the passages are one-liners and questions intended to provoke thought, reflection, discussion, and ultimately inspiration to try new things in your own class. We hope that readers – new and experienced teachers alike – will find many useful suggestions while reading The Little Orange Book. Teaching at all levels is currently undergoing tremendous change, and it will continue to do so. But the fundamentals of great teaching, like the fundamentals of a great golf game, are timeless.