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An Introduction to Philosophy
Author: W. Russ Payne, Bellevue College
Source: BC Campus
Type: Textbook
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The goal of this text is to present philosophy to newcomers as a living discipline with historical roots. While a few early chapters are historically organized, the goal in the historical chapters is to trace a developmental progression of thought that introduces basic philosophical methods and frames issues that remain relevant today. Later chapters are topically organized. These include philosophy of science and philosophy of mind, areas where philosophy has shown dramatic recent progress. This text concludes with four chapters on ethics, broadly construed. Traditional theories of right action is covered in a third of these. Students are first invited first to think about what is good for themselves and their relationships in a chapter of love and happiness. Next a few meta-ethical issues are considered; namely, whether they are moral truths and if so what makes them so. The end of the ethics sequence addresses social justice, what it is for one’s community to be good. Our sphere of concern expands progressively through these chapters. Our inquiry recapitulates the course of development into moral maturity. Over the course of the text, the author has tried to outline the continuity of thought that leads from the historical roots of philosophy to a few of the diverse areas of inquiry that continue to make significant contributions to our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in.
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Complexities, Capacities, Communities: Changing Development Narratives in Early Childhood Education, Care and Development
Author: Alan Pence, Allison Benner
Source: BC Campus
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The term ‘capacity building’ has come into common usage in twenty-first century international development. While the term means different things to different people, it is often used to describe an infusion of knowledge or skills to help ‘build’ a government’s or institution’s ability to address key development challenges. However, like other well intentioned interventions from the industrialized West, such ‘capacity building’ can have destructive, as well as productive, impacts. This volume problematizes such activities and presents an alternative approach to promoting capacity in development contexts. The volume starts with an exploration of the concept of capacity building and goes on to focus on two examples of capacity promotion for early childhood education, care and development (ECD). The First Nations Partnerships Program (FNPP), an innovative and successful post-secondary education program initiated in 1989 at the request of a large tribal council in northern Canada, led to 10 educational deliveries with diverse Indigenous communities over the subsequent two decades. The second program, launched in 1994 at the request of UNICEF headquarters, focuses on sub-Saharan Africa. While the program encompasses a range of capacity-promoting activities, the central vehicle for this ECD development work is the Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU), a program created in 2001 and now in transition to African universities. This book describes approaches to capacity promotion that respond to the complexities and possibilities of communities—at local and country levels. These initiatives challenge established developmental narratives in ECD and international development, and in so doing provide alternative ways for scholars and practitioners in ECD, education, and the broad international development field to enhance capacities.
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The Word on College Reading and Writing
Author: Monique Babin, Carol Burnell, Susan Pesznecker, Nicole Rosevear, Jaime Wood, OpenOregon
Source: BC Campus
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Written by five college reading and writing instructors, this interactive, multimedia text draws from decades of experience teaching students who are entering the college reading and writing environment for the very first time. It includes examples, exercises, and definitions for just about every reading- and writing-related topic students will encounter in their college courses.
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Introduction to Criminal Investigation: Processes, Practices and Thinking
Author: Rod Gehl, Justice Institute of British Columbia, Darryl Plecas, University of the Fraser Valley
Source: BC Campus
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Introduction to Criminal Investigation, Processes, Practices, and Thinking, as the title suggests, is a teaching text describing and segmenting criminal investigations into its component parts to illustrate the craft of criminal investigation. Delineating criminal investigation within the components of task-skills and thinking-skills, this book describes task-skills such incident response, crime scene management, evidence management, witness management, and forensic analysis, as essential foundations supporting the critical thinking-skills of offence validation and theory development for the creation of effective investigative plans aimed at forming reasonable grounds for belief. The goal of the text is to assist the reader in forming their own structured mental map of investigative thinking practices.
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Complexités, Capacités, Communautés: Changer le discours sur le développement dans l’éducation, la protection et le développement de la petite enfance
Author: Alan Pence, Allison Benner; University of Victoria
Source: BC Campus
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Le terme “renforcement des capacités” est entré dans le langage courant durant le développement international du vingt-et-unième siècle. Alors que ce terme a une signification différente pour différentes personnes, il est souvent utilisé pour décrire une infusion de connaissances ou de compétences pour contribuer à la création d’un gouvernement ou institution capable de répondre aux défis majeurs liés au développement. Toutefois, comme d’autres interventions bien intentionnées de l’Ouest industrialisé, un tel “renforcement des capacités” peut avoir un effet autant destructeur que productif. Ce volume problématise de telles activités et présente une autre façon de promouvoir la construction de capacité dans le cadre du développement. Le volume commence par une exploration du concept de renforcement des capacités et se concentre ensuite sur deux exemples de promotion de capacités pour l’éducation, les soins et le développement de la petite enfance (DPE). Le Programme de Partenariats des Premières Nations (PPPN), un programme d’éducation postsecondaire innovateur et efficace lancé en 1989 à la demande d’un grand conseil tribal dans le nord du Canada, a mené à 10 apports éducatifs dans diverses communautés autochtones au cours des vingt ans qui ont suivis. Le deuxième programme, lancé en 1994 à la demande du siège de l’UNICEF, met l’accent sur l’Afrique subsaharienne. Alors que le programme inclut toute une gamme d’activités qui concernent la promotion de capacités, le vecteur central pour ce travail de développement est l’Université Virtuelle pour le Développement de la Petite-Enfance (UVDPE), un programme créé en 2001 et maintenant en phase de transition vers les universités africaines. Ce livre décrit des approches pour la promotion de capacité qui répondent aux complexités et aux possibilités des communautés – au niveau local ainsi que national. Ces initiatives défient le discours actuel en ce qui concerne le développent dans le cadre du DPE et du développement international et, ce faisant, fournit d’autres moyens de renforcer les capacités pour les chercheurs et les professionnels dans le DPE, l’éducation, et le vaste domaine du développement international.
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Handbook of eHealth Evaluation: An Evidence-based Approach
Author: Edited by Francis Lau, Craig Kuziemsky
Source: BC Campus
Type: Textbook
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This handbook presents the science and practice of eHealth evaluation based on empirical evidence gathered over many years within the health informatics discipline. The handbook describes different approaches used to evaluate the planning, design, implementation, use and impact of eHealth systems in different health settings. It also provides a snapshot of the current state of knowledge on the consequences of opting for eHealth systems with respect to their effects and implications on provider performance and health outcomes.
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Teaching in a Digital Age
Author: A.W. (Tony) Bates
Source: BC Campus
Type: Textbook
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The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when everyone,and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework for making decisions about your teaching is provided, while understanding that every subject is different, and every instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching. The book enables teachers and instructors to help students develop the knowledge and skills they will need in a digital age: not so much the IT skills, but the thinking and attitudes to learning that will bring them success. This resource includes translated versions in French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Portuguese.
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Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology
Author: Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges
Source: BC Campus
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This textbook is a collection of chapters on the essential topics in cultural anthropology. Different from other introductory textbooks, this book is an edited volume with each chapter written by a different author. Each author has written from their experiences working as an anthropologist and that personal touch makes for an accessible introduction to cultural anthropology. British Colmbia contributors include: contributing author Logan Cochrane, UBC, (chapter 16: Seeing Like an Anthroplogist: Anthropology in Practice) and peer reviewer Bob Muckle, Capilano University.
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Cross Connection Control for Plumbing and Piping Trades: Plumber Apprenticeship Program Level 3
Author: Richard V. Mawle RSE, Camosun College (retired)
Source: BC Campus
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This manual is as part of your third year of apprenticeship training program you must have completed your level 1 and level 2 training to be eligible for this level of training in cross connection control. If you pass the theory and practical portion of this third year and your fourth year training during your apprenticeship training and pass your Red Seal Interprovincial examinations, you will be issued a Red Seal Certificate of Qualification. This Red Seal endorsement entitles you to work anywhere in Canada in your trade without material additional training, experience, examinations or assessments. Refer to labour mobility guidelines 2009
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Building a Competitive First Nation Investment Climate
Author: Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics
Source: BC Campus
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This is the first edition of the open text book Building a Competitive Investment Climate on First Nation Lands. This textbook is for students who are First Nation and tribal government employees or students who would like to work for or with First Nation and tribal governments. The purpose of this textbook is to help interested First Nation and tribal governments build a competitive investment climate. Work began on this text book in early 2012 with a generous grant from the Donner Canadian Foundation. Financial support was also provided by the First Nations Tax Commission and the Tulo Centre.
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Digital Foundations
Author: Xtine Burrough, Michael Mandiberg
Source: BC Campus
Type: Textbook
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This book was written by two artist educators who teach digital art and design studio foundation classes. While teaching classes that take place in software laboratories, we noticed that many of our students expected to learn to use software, but gave little consideration to aesthetics or art and design history. A typical first day question is, "Are we going to learn Photoshop in this class?" This book is a mash-up of the Bauhaus Basic Course and open source software such as Inkscape, Gimp, Firefox, and Processing. We have taken some of the visual principles and exercises from the Bauhaus Basic Course and adapted them into exercises for these applications.
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Pulling Together: A Guide for Teachers and Instructors
Author: Bruce Allan, Amy Perreault, John Chenoweth, Dianne Biin, Sharon Hobenshield, Todd Ormiston, Shirley Anne Hardman, Louise Lacerte, Lucas Wright, Justin Wilson
Source: BC Campus
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A Guide for Teachers and Instructors is part of an open professional learning series developed for staff across post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. These guides are the result of the Indigenization Project, a collaboration between BCcampus and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The project was supported by a steering committee of Indigenous education leaders from BC universities, colleges, and institutes, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, and Métis Nation BC. These guides are intended to support the systemic change occurring across post-secondary institutions through Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation.
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Pulling Together: A Guide for Front-Line Staff, Student Services, and Advisors
Author: Ian Cull, Robert L. A. Hancock, Stephanie McKeown, Michelle Pidgeon, Adrienne Vedan
Source: BC Campus
Type: Textbook
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A Guide for Front-Line Staff, Student Services, and Advisors is part of an open professional learning series developed for staff across post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. These guides are the result of the Indigenization Project, a collaboration between BCcampus and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The project was supported by a steering committee of Indigenous education leaders from BC universities, colleges, and institutes, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, and Métis Nation BC. These guides are intended to support the systemic change occurring across post-secondary institutions through Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation.
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Pulling Together: A Guide for Leaders and Administrators
Author: Sybil Harrison, Janice Simcoe, Dawn Smith, Jennifer Stein
Source: BC Campus
Type: Textbook
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A Guide for Leaders and Administrators is part of an open professional learning series developed for staff across post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. These guides are the result of the Indigenization Project, a collaboration between BCcampus and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The project was supported by a steering committee of Indigenous education leaders from BC universities, colleges, and institutes, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, and Métis Nation BC. These guides are intended to support the systemic change occurring across post-secondary institutions through Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation.
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Pulling Together: A Guide for Curriculum Developers
Author: Asma-na-hi Antoine, Rachel Mason, Roberta Mason, Sophia Palahicky, Carmen Rodriguez de France
Source: BC Campus
Type: Textbook
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A Guide for Curriculum Developers is part of an open professional learning series developed for staff across post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. These guides are the result of the Indigenization Project, a collaboration between BCcampus and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The project was supported by a steering committee of Indigenous education leaders from BC universities, colleges, and institutes, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, and Métis Nation BC. These guides are intended to support the systemic change occurring across post-secondary institutions through Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation.
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Pulling Together: Foundations Guide
Author: Kory Wilson
Source: BC Campus
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The Foundations Guide is part of an open professional learning series developed for staff across post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. These guides are the result of the Indigenization Project, a collaboration between BCcampus and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The project was supported by a steering committee of Indigenous education leaders from BC universities, colleges, and institutes, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, and Métis Nation BC. These guides are intended to support the systemic change occurring across post-secondary institutions through Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation.
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Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist
Author: Allen Downey, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Publisher: Green Tea Press
Source: Open Textbook Library
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Think Python is a concise introduction to software design using the Python programming language. Intended for people with no programming experience, this book starts with the most basic concepts and gradually adds new material. Some of the ideas students find most challenging, like recursion and object-oriented programming, are divided into a sequence of smaller steps and introduced over the course of several chapters. This textbook has been used in classes at Bard College, Olin College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Maine, University of Northern Colorado.
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APEX Calculus
Author: Gregory Hartman, Virginia Military Institute, Brian Heinold, Mount St. Mary’s University, Troy Siemers, Virginia Military Institute, Dimplekumar Chalishajar, Virginia Military Institute
Publisher: Independent
Source: Open Textbook Library
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This text comprises a three–text series on Calculus. The first part covers material taught in many “Calc 1” courses: limits, derivatives, and the basics of integration, found in Chapters 1 through 6.1. The second text covers material often taught in “Calc 2:” integration and its applications, along with an introduction to sequences, series and Taylor Polynomials, found in Chapters 5 through 8. The third text covers topics common in “Calc 3” or “multivariable calc:” parametric equations, polar coordinates, vector–valued functions, and functions of more than one variable, found in Chapters 9 through 13. All three are available separately for free at www.vmi.edu/APEX.
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Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for designing teaching and learning for a digital age
Author: A.W. (Tony) Bates, University of British Columbia
Publisher: BCcampus
Source: Open Textbook Library
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Teachers, instructors and faculty are facing unprecedented change, with often larger classes, more diverse students, demands from government and employers who want more accountability and the development of graduates who are workforce ready, and above all, we are all having to cope with ever changing technology. To handle change of this nature, teachers and instructors need a base of theory and knowledge that will provide a solid foundation for their teaching, no matter what changes or pressures they face. Although the book contains many practical examples, it is more than a cookbook on how to teach. It addresses the following questions: In summary, the book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when everyone, and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework and a set of guidelines are suggested for making decisions about your teaching, while understanding that every subject is different, and every teacher and instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching. In the end, though, the book isn’t really about teachers and instructors, although you are the target group. It’s about you helping your students to develop the knowledge and skills they will need in a digital age: not so much digital skills, but the thinking and knowledge that will bring them success. For that to happen, though, your students need you to be on top of your game. This book is your coach.
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Introduction to Human Osteology
Author: Roberta Hall, Oregon State University, Kenneth Beals, Oregon State University, Holm Neumann, Georg Neumann, Indiana University, Gwyn Madden, Grand Valley State University
Publisher: Grand Valley State University
Source: Open Textbook Library
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This text was designed for use in the human osteology laboratory classroom. Bones are described to aid in identification of skeletonized remains in either an archaeological or forensic anthropology setting. Basic techniques for siding, aging, sexing, and stature estimation are described. Both images of bone and drawings are included which may be used for study purposes outside of the classroom. The text represents work that has been developed over more than 30 years by its various authors and is meant to present students with the basic analytical tools for the study of human osteology.
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